Think this winter is cold? It doesn't even make Chicago's top ten, according to WGN meteorologist Tom Skilling and weather analyst Rich Koeneman. Koeneman told Skilling that, factoring in Thursday's high of 33 degrees, 2014 is 11th on the list of Chicago's coldest winters, when comparing the weather data from Dec. 1 to Jan. 30 of each year.
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11. 2013-2014 Average temperature: 19.5 degrees
James Israel, 65, pauses Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 at a crosswalk during a morning run with an icicle caused by freezing condensation. "I snuck out of the house this morning; she said it was too cold," he said, referring to his wife. (Chris Walker/ Chicago Tribune)
So cold, this man's wife didn't want him to leave the house.
by jxwalsh1/31/2014 7:14:57 PM
10. 1962-1963 Average temperature: 19.4 degrees
This Chihuahua/Boston terrier mix, Phoebe, 4, of Avondale, still thinks 2014 is colder. (Anthony Souffle/ Chicago Tribune)
The 60s had Woodstock, pillbox hats, and a winter that was point-one degrees colder than this one. No wonder mom and dad are nostalgic.
by jxwalsh1/31/2014 7:27:24 PM
9. 1978-1979 Average temperature: 19.3 degrees
1979 was colder? Tell it to these people waiting at a bus stop during the Jan. 27 polar vortex. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
The kind of brutal winter that Chicago mayors lose their re-elections over.
by jxwalsh1/31/2014 7:32:11 PM
8. 2008-2009 Average temperature: 19.3 degrees
This commuter rocked this hat/scarf/sunglasses combo like it's 2008. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes)
I caught the stomach flu twice that winter.
by jxwalsh1/31/2014 7:41:49 PM
7. 1872-1873 Average temperature: 19.0degrees
1873 had an average temperature of 19 degrees, but did they have this hat? I don't think so. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune)
The history books (okay, Wikipedia) call the 1870s the beginning Chicago's Gilded Age. They meant gilded in ice.
by jxwalsh1/31/2014 7:47:15 PM
6. 1903-1904 Average temperature: 19 degrees
With her glasses this fogged up, this commuter from Downers Grove can't tell the difference, either. (Chuck Berman/ Chicago Tribune)
1904 is widely considered the coldest winter on record, but looking at December and January alone, it doesn't even make the top 5.
by jxwalsh1/31/2014 7:50:25 PM
5. 1981-1982 Average temperature: 18.6 degrees
Brrr down. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes
Okay, I can see how that sounds like it could be cold.
by jxwalsh1/31/2014 8:00:16 PM
4. 1917-1918 Average temperature: 18.0
This guy dreams of 18 degree days. (Phil Velasquez Chicago Tribune)
by jxwalsh1/31/2014 8:06:45 PM
3. 1892-1893 Average temperature: 17.6 degrees
This guy would have biked it anyway. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Before there was the Chicago World's Fair, there was the third coldest winter on record. That's impressive.
by jxwalsh1/31/2014 8:09:26 PM
2. 1983-1984 Average temperature: 15.7 degrees
This lady listens to 80s music to stay warm. (Phil Velasquez Chicago Tribune)
Just turned 30? If so, the winter you were born was the Second Coldest Winter on Record. Now you have a rebuttal the next time someone tells you to smile more.
by jxwalsh1/31/2014 8:18:52 PM
1. 1976-1977 Average temperature: 15.1 degrees
Cholle, of Rogers Park, is really glad she wasn't born in 1977.(Chris Walker/ Chicago Tribune)
We have a winner. But with at least six more inches of snow and the entire month of February on the way, there's still plenty of time for 2014 to catch up.