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BRIEF: It is (probably) not the coldest Jan. 17 morning ever
[January 17, 2009]

BRIEF: It is (probably) not the coldest Jan. 17 morning ever

Jan 17, 2009 (York Daily Record - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Depending on where the temperature was measured, we might have set a record for cold early this morning.

The National Weather Service recorded an overnight temperature of 1 degree below zero. (That's 18.3 degrees Celsius, for the metric minded.)

Here is where it gets complicated.
The previous record for this date, reported at the York Airport in Thomasville, was 4 degrees above zero, set in 2003. But Aaron Tyburski, a meteorologist for the weather service in State College, said those records only go back about 15 years.

The York Water Co.'s records, though, go back to the 1800s, he said. The record for today at the water company's pumping station in Spring Garden Township was recorded as 13 below zero in 1977.

Tyburski said the water company records "are probably more accurate."
Today, Tyburski said, the temperature is expected to reach maybe 18 degrees.
Sunday, though, we're in for a virtual hot spell, with temperatures approaching 30 degrees. He also said there was a chance of some light snow overnight and into Sunday, maybe an inch or so.

"It's all relative," he said. "After being below zero, 30 degrees will feel like a heat wave."
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