Omaha has had one of its coldest winters in recent years, but the weather has been far from record-setting.
One of the notable aspects of this winter has been the number of bitterly cold mornings. The city has had 19 days with below-zero temperatures so far this winter, said Becky Kern, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
The winter ranks 24th for the number of days below zero, based on weather service records dating to the late 1800s. Given the coming forecast for several below-zero mornings, Omaha's ranking is likely to climb a couple of rungs, she said.
The Omaha winter with the most below-zero days on record was 1884-85, Kern said, when there were 35 days that dropped to below zero.
During the extreme years of the 1930s, the city had its second-greatest number of days, 34, with below zero. That happened in the winter of 1935-36.
In the 1970s, there were back-to-back winters with extreme cold. Both 1977-78 and 1978-79 had 32 days with temperatures below zero, according to records provided by Kern.
This month has been unusually cold, but not record-setting either, she said. Omaha's average temperature is trending at 42nd lowest heading into the final days of the month, she said.