35 Years Since North Carolina’s Coldest Day

It is quite chilly this week across North Carolina, but it is not nearly as cold as it was around this time 35 years ago.  One of the coldest Arctic outbreaks on record for the eastern United States arrived in the Carolinas during the second half of January 1985.  That sent temperatures to below 0 for much of the state on the morning of January 21, 1985. 

Several locations in the state recorded their all time coldest temperatures:

  • Mount Mitchell: -34
  • Asheville: -16
  • Raleigh: -9
  • Greensboro: -8
  • Charlotte: -5

The frigid temperatures did not just affect the Carolinas.  President Ronald Reagan’s second inauguration was canceled that day due to wind chills below -10 in Washington, DC. 

Temperatures also dropped below freezing across much of Florida.  The state’s Secretary of Agriculture called it the “Freeze of the Century” as Florida’s citrus crop suffered $2.5 billion in losses.

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