Payson Sees Lowest Temps Since 2002

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The cold snap of the past few days saw highs reaching only the 30s and precipitation limited to 0.16 inches, according to Anna Mae Deming, National Weather Service observer for Payson.

The lows ranged from only 9 degrees on Sunday to 33 degrees Friday.

It's cold, but, according to the National Weather Service, it has been quite a bit colder.

Dennis VanCleve, a meteorologist intern with the NWS in Flagstaff, said the lowest recorded temperature in the Payson area was minus 8 on Jan. 6 and 7, 1971. He said this most recent spell of chilly temperatures is the coldest it has been in about 16 years on average.

The last time Payson saw a low of 9 was Jan. 31, 2002, he said.

One especially cold year was 1990, VanCleve said. In mid-February the low was minus 2, and then again Dec. 23 and 24, the low was down to minus 2.

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