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Can you believe it? Temperature drops to 21 below zero, Topeka's coldest day since 1989

Tim Hrenchir
Topeka Capital-Journal
Topeka remained Monday under a wind chill warning, as was detailed in this graphic put out by the National Weather Service.

Topeka temperatures on Tuesday morning dropped to their lowest level since 1989.

A mercury reading of 21 degrees below zero was recorded about 7:20 a.m. at the National Weather Service office near Philip Billard Municipal Airport, said Sarah Teefey, a meteorologist with that office.

The last time Topeka temperatures got that low was Dec. 23, 1989, when they set a record that still stands by bottoming out at minus 26 degrees, said Shawn Byrne, meteorologist for the weather service office here.

The lowest wind chill index recorded by the weather service Tuesday morning here was minus 30 degrees about 7 a.m. at Forbes Field, Teefey said. The weather service doesn't keep official wind chill index records. 

Topeka temperatures as of 11 a.m. Tuesday hadn't gotten above zero for 44 consecutive hours, since the mercury dipped to zero about 3 p.m. Sunday.

But that streak ended about noon Tuesday when the mercury rose to 2 degrees above zero.

The longest Topeka has gone with temperatures at or below zero was 95 consecutive hours in December 1983, according to the weather service.

The weather service predicted Topeka would see a high temperature of 20 degrees on Wednesday.