The end of November in El Paso means the end of fall at the beginning of winter when the Sun City loses its warmth.

"Historic" Blizzard Sweeps Through Texas Panhandle
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But after setting some record-hot temperatures during the summer, what should El Paso expect this winter?

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According to a report by Texas Monthly,

The farmer's almanac is predicting this year's forecast for Texas as a "chilly" winter with "normal precipitation" with North Texas seeing the most potential for snow and ice storms throughout the season.

Photo by Aditya Vyas on Unsplash
Photo by Aditya Vyas on Unsplash

Basically, the farmer's almanac is saying "Winter is cold," and "sometimes iced water falls to the ground."

As incredibly unhelpful as that is, it made me think: what was the coldest temperature ever recorded in El Paso?

Photo by Gary Fultz on Unsplash
Photo by Gary Fultz on Unsplash

Well, the good people over at the San Angelo, Texas-based website ConchoValley compiled a list of the record low temperatures in various cities across the state of Texas all based on the national weather service data.

In the state of Texas, the coldest temperature ever recorded was in February 1899 in the city of Tulia, part of the Texas panhandle, at 23 degrees Fahrenheit below zero!

That year was a usually cold year for the rest of the United States as well, and there are unofficial reports that it got as cold as 30 degrees below zero in February 1899 at Wolf Creek Texas.

  • San Angelo: 4 below zero set in 1989
  • Abilene: 16 below zero set in 1899
  • Austin: 2 below zero set in 1949
  • Beaumont: 10 degrees set in 1906
  • Brownsville: 12 degrees set in 1899
  • Corpus Christi: 11 degrees set in 1899
  • Dallas/Fort Worth: 8 below zero set in 1899
  • Del Rio: 10 degrees set in 1989
  • El Paso: 8 below zero set in 1962
  • Galveston: 8 degrees set in 1899
  • Houston: 5 degrees set in 1930 and 1940
  • Lubbock: 17 below zero set in 1933
  • Midland/Odessa: 11 below zero set in 1985
  • San Antonio: 0 degrees set in 1949
  • Waco: 5 below zero set in 1949 and 1899
  • Wichita Falls: 12 below zero set in 1947

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