The winter of 1978-1979 had been particular cold and snowy across the mid-west and eastern states. The summer remained cool and autumn seemed to come early on August 15 1979 when an unusual August chill hit – the temperature in Detroit, MI dropped to 46 degrees - new record low, breaking an 1885 record. Kansas City, MO reached down to 56 degrees and broke a 1929 record low. Also, on August 15 the high temperature only reached 63 degrees in Kansas City the lowest August high temperature ever in the city. Cincinnati, OH reached a low of 49 degrees, Indianapolis, IN - 45 degrees, Fargo, ND – 43. Many folks in that part of the county we left wondering if the cold was here to stay, after all the previous few summers had also been chilly and now this record cold on August 15. The winter that followed was also on the cold side – but the chill did not continue in what would become one the greatest reversals in United States climate history – just months later the summer of 1980 turned out to be one the hottest ever recorded in America, rivaling the intense heat of the Dust Bowl.
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