This low-temperature report is only for the upper Midwest, and we must wait for the full national and global averages to be reported (probably early next year), but it is indicative. If the trend of global cooling holds, prepare for a chilly winter. We continue to see zero sunspots over long periods.
August Ends With Near-Record Cold
Temperatures Close To Record Overnight Low Of 47 Degrees, Set In 1872
The skyline at sunrise on a cold August 31. Temperatures in the Chicago area sunk near the record of 47 degrees.
Usually, late August is time a when Chicagoans are thinking of hitting the beaches or lounging in the sidewalk cafes one last time, but this year, the temperatures have seemed more appropriate for Halloween.
The record low for Aug. 31 is 47 degrees, set in 1872. Overnight Sunday into Monday, the nippy readings were close, and in some areas even lower.