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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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.