In Romania, February 2nd is known as Stretenie, and one of the traditions of this holiday is that a bear will rise from its winter hibernation. If the bear sees his shadow, apparently he will become frightened and scurry back into hibernation for another 40 days, meaning winter will be longer. Although Boulder has been way colder than Romania for the past few days, our Punxatawny Phil did not see his shadow this morning, so we’re due for an early spring!
Although this past Friday was sunny and in the mid-60s, it was not an early spring. Yesterday’s temperatures, nearly broke a century-old record for the coldest February 1 daytime high temperature in Boulder. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the normal high for Feb. 1 in Boulder is 44 degrees and the normal low is 20 degrees, but yesterday, the low temperature was 10 degrees below zero.
Although this week has been bitter cold, it still doesn’t compete with the record-setting cold snap in February 1989, which set record lows in Boulder that ranged from 24 below to 17 below.
The forecast for tomorrow of high 35 and low 24 will be a welcome break for Boulderites who aren’t used to hearing about temperatures in the negatives. But that’s what makes Boulder weather so amazing — cold snaps never last long and it’s still always sunny!