More than 40 records for cold weather were set in Nebraska and Iowa during the first eight days of December.
The records were for specific days and not monthly or all-time records. Nebraska set 37 cold weather records and tied another 10 during the first week of December.
Iowa set four and tied four.
Most of the records that were set in Nebraska were for overnight lows. Nebraska set 24 record lows and matched five record lows.
The chilliest night was in Alliance, where the mercury dropped to 26 degrees below zero on Dec. 5. The town's previous record for that date was 9.9 degrees below zero set in 1972. Another cold night was Dec. 7, when Springview dropped to 25.1 degrees below zero, and Chambers dropped to 24 degrees below zero.
Nebraska also set 13 records and tied five records for coldest days.
On Dec. 7, the temperature at Hemingford didn't climb above zero. The highest temperature that day was 2.9 degrees below zero. The previous record was 3 degrees above zero.
Most of Iowa's records were for cold days.
Iowa set four and matched three daytime records for cold weather. Iowa also tied a record overnight low.
Source: National Climatic Data Center