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Another bitterly cold night in Fort Wayne breaks century-old record

This month is so far the coldest February ever

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 9:59 am

For a second day, the temperature in Fort Wayne fell far below zero and set a new record. The temperature reached minus 15 degrees this morning at Fort Wayne International Airport.

That figure set a record for this date, breaking the record set in 1899, when it reached minus 14 -14. It was the second record-cold day in a row; the temperature Tuesday fell to minus 16, according to National Weather Service records.

At the risk of belaboring the obvious, February is so far a very cold month for northern Indiana. The average temperature for February’s first 11 days is 11.2 degrees, more than half a degree colder than the coldest average temperature recorded so far in February – 11.8 degrees in 1978.

Six of the 12 days so far this month have had seen temperatures below zero. The last time the mercury rose above freezing was Feb. 1.

Forecasts call for some relief coming soon.

The National Weather Service forecasts a high around 31 Thursday, then several days with highs reaching into the 20s, then a high of 38 Monday, with a 50 percent chance of snow or rain.