ASK TOM:

Dear Tom,

Chicago has yet to record a high temperature below freezing this season. Are we on pace to set a record for the latest date?

–Lt. Pat Byrne, Hoffman Estates

 

Dear Lt. Byrne,

 

While our mild and snowless season continues to amaze, the city is still a few weeks away from this record. During the winter of 1923-24, Chicago didn’t record its first subfreezing high until Jan. 1, well beyond the typical Nov. 22 date. November and December were consistently mild that season, with the majority of high temperatures in the 40s and 50s.

 

Arctic air arrived on New Year’s Eve, ushering in the new year with a frigid low of 5 degrees below zero on New Year’s morning. Temperatures could only recover to 12 degrees, delivering the season’s first subfreezing high. January 1924 logged a total of 16 days with subfreezing highs.