It's still cold in Triangle, but no records broken

From staff reportsJanuary 8, 2014 

— Wednesday's low temperature came about 1 a.m., a reading of 16 degrees, but it was nowhere near the date's record of 7 degrees in 1970.

In fact, the old record of 15 degrees that was broken Tuesday was one of only three January record lows that were in double-digits.

Not setting a record, however, is small comfort to building owners and public works departments with broken pipes to fix and damage to repair.

Because temperatures stayed below freezing over night Tuesday, problems continued with water pipes bursting in buildings and beneath streets.

A broken water pipe at the Hilton Garden Inn at 1500 RDU Center Drive in Cary brought firefighters there before dawn, and initial reports were that the leak was at the very top of the six-story building, sending water down through it.

Perhaps it is some comfort to those who were shivering a lot on Tuesday and a little less on Wednesday that in 1970, a three-day cold snap set record low temperatures of 7 degrees on Jan. 8, zero on Jan. 9 and 3 degrees on Jan. 10.

According to National Weather Service records for readings at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the record lows in January got to double digits only on Jan. 1, Jan. 7 and Jan. 26.

On the other hand, Wednesday’s forecast highs in the upper 30s were nothing like the record of 76 degrees set in 1907.

The record highs for January are all in the 70s except for Jan. 30 – when it hit 80 degrees.

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