Just to make us all feel better, at least this isn’t the winter of 1899. That winter is acknowledged as one of the worst this country ever experienced.
-Every state in the Union (there were then 45) had a recorded temperature below 0 F.
-February 1899 was one of the coldest in record across the South and Midwest. City records that still stand today (I tried to pick at least one from most states):
Georgia: -9 F in Atlanta;
Kansas: -22 F in Wichita
Michigan: -24 F in Grand Rapids, MI;
Tennessee: -20 in Nashville, TN;
Missouri: -25 in Jefferson City
Arkansas: -12 in Little Rock
West Virginia: -25 in Morgantown
Louisiana: 6 in New Orleans, -16 in Minden
Oklahoma: -15 in Oklahoma
Texas: -16 in Amarillo, 11 in Corpus Christi
Alabama: -10 in Birmingham
Maryland: -7 in Baltimore
Pennsylvania: -20 in State College
Nebraska: -47 in Bridgeport
South Dakota: -41 in Sioux Falls
Ohio: -39 in Millington
Florida: -2 in Tallahassee
North Carolina: -5 in Charlotte
South Carolina: -2 in Columbia
Minnesota: -33 in Minneapolis
Wisconsin: -33 in Green Bay
California: 24 in Fresno, 34 in San Diego
-Mississippi River froze solid north of Cairo, IL. Ice chunks choked the river down to New Orleans, and flowed into the Gulf of Mexico.
-Texans could ice skate on the San Antonio River after it froze over.
-Lacking snow cover, the ground froze to a depth of 5 ft in Chicago, breaking innumerable water, gas, and other lines.
-Enough snow fell in Tallahassee that there is a picture of government employees having a snowball fight on the capital steps. New Orleans got 3 inches of snow, and snow fell in Tampa.
So I guess we should be grateful and thank our lucky stars that even though this winter is cold, it is not that cold (at least not yet!)