Another Blast

WITH THE temperatures forecast as never reaching 20 degrees through Friday, it’s apparent that many of us wish we could do something about the weather.

Possibly, the only way that we can have an effect on the weather is global warming, and that’s undesirable.

On a more cheerful note, the only below zero temperature predicted is for tonight and is listed as “-1.”

Of course, it’s been a lot colder than that in Eastern Ohio and elsewhere in the Buckeye State.

The coldest temperature ever recorded in Ohio was in the unincorporated community of Milligan in Perry County.

An Ohio historical marker for that community lists it as “Milligan – Ohio’s Icebox.”

The small community wasn’t absorbed by the cold weather, but it became part of McLuney, according to the marker.

Information on the marker notes: “On February 10, 1899, a United States Weather Bureau Station, operated by Steve Eveland, in the small hamlet of Milligan, Ohio, now part of McLuney, reported a temperature of 39 degrees below zero. To date, this is the lowest temperature officially recorded in Ohio. Milligan’s location in the flat valley of the Moxahala Creek made it susceptible to cold air masses drained from surrounding elevations. The record-breaking temperature in Milligan was recorded in the midst of a severe cold spell throughout Ohio that began on February 8 and ended on February 15, 1899 when temperatures reached a few degrees above zero. While Milligan can no longer be found on a map, it has been known as the coldest spot in Ohio for over one hundred years.”

Since McLuney is approximately 90 miles from the Ohio River, it seems pretty definite that it was more than chilly in Belmont, Harrison, Jefferson and Monroe counties (among other places).

Ohio wasn’t the only area affected by the 1899 blizzard rated as one of the worst in the nation. Blizzard conditions continued through Feb. 14.

It is said the snow started in Florida and moved north. In Tallahassee, the temperature was 2 degrees below zero and 15 below in Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital also recorded 20 inches of snow in a single day.

This week’s temperatures won’t be comparable to that in Milligan, but be careful outdoors – and stay warm.