How many people in the Midwest can (or would even want to) imagine walking out their front door to a sweltering triple-digit-degree summer day? What about double digits below zero? With the recent arrival of below-freezing temperatures to our tri-state area, so comes the unavoidable realization that winter is here. However, is this winter REALLY as bad as we've had before? Was last summer hotter than this area has TRULY ever seen?

 

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HANNIBAL, MO

"America's Hometown" is no stranger to the burning temps of summer. In July of 1954, Hannibal recorded an all-time record high of 114 degrees! Any who remember early-fifties Hannibal may likely remember that day. However, in both 1985 and 1989, things took a ride on the chilly side. Both years managed to record a day each of negative twenty-one degrees (Jan. '85 and Dec. '89)!

QUINCY, IL

Being only roughly twenty miles north of Hannibal, the city of Quincy shares a similar climate to it's southern brother. In 1936, the "Gem City" also managed to record a record 114 July day; July 15th to be exact. On the other end of the thermometer, though, we see that Quincy also knows how to keep people on ice when, one day in February 1905, the temperature plummeted to twenty-nine degrees below zero!

Keokuk, IA

The state of Iowa, being the northernmost point on this list, would be expected to record a comparatively milder summer. Nope. July 20th, 1934 saw Keokuk broil to 118 degrees! People were certainly jumping in the pond that day! However, just north of Keokuk, in Elkader, February 1996 saw the mercury fall hard as the temperature dropped to negative forty-seven degrees! Definitely cold enough to hang meat on the front lawn!

 

Though the colder temperatures on our list may make us shiver with the onset of freezing weather, Just think of those 114-degree days and the summers that make winter bearable!

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