Below-freezing temperatures uncharacteristic for St Augustine


500-(c)STAU-26degrees-NOAAHistoric City News reporting this morning’s temperature in St Augustine the same as the community’s coldest day in 1951, when snow covered the fort green at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.

At 9:00 a.m. EST this morning, at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St Augustine, the National Weather Service recorded the local temperature was 26°F with northwest winds at 17mph resulting in a windchill of 14°F.

Dangerously cold temperatures with gusty winds resulted in cold wind chills across most of the Eastern Seaboard.

Photographs from the archives of the National Park Service, taken February 2, 1951, showed children riding makeshift snow sleds down the sloping fort greens, snow-covered cars in the parking lot, and visitors making snowmen from the light overnight snow accumulation.

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