Pat Shingleton for Feb. 13, 2013

A blast of Arctic cold in February 1899 was one of the most severe ever recorded. As noted in a previous column, record lows were logged in Milligan, Ohio, at minus 39 degrees and Camp Clark, Neb., at minus 47. A state record was posted in Webster Parish, with Minden recording a frigid minus 16. Some of those record lows are still on the books: Dallas, at minus 8; Kansas City, minus 22; Washington, D.C., minus 15; and Lawrenceville, Pa., minus 39. Adding to the super cold was a super blizzard from New Hampshire to Georgia, with Virginia recording 40 inches of snow. Once the cold blast made it to Baton Rouge, ice floes blocked the Mississippi River at New Orleans for the second time in history. Fastcast: Clearing.