October off to record cold start

A series of fronts sweeping over the Western Slope has led to clearing skies, and that has dropped the thermometer to record lows on several occasions in the first week of October.

The latest record was set Tuesday morning, when the temperature at Grand Junction Regional Airport plunged to 27 degrees. That broke the old record for the date of 32 degrees, which was set in 1998, according to the National Weather Service.

It marked the third time in the past six days Grand Junction has experienced a record low.

The morning low dropped to 27 on Thursday and 29 on Friday, breaking 82- and 48-year-old records, respectively, of 35 degrees, according to Weather Service data.

The stretch of cold mornings has prompted homeowners to scramble up to their roofs and call contractors to winterize their swamp coolers and service their furnaces.

“Normally it just takes one or two cold days and the phones start ringing off the hook,” said Rob Peckham, office manager at Haining Cooling, Plumbing & Heating.

Peckham said the record cold weather shouldn’t have frozen any water lines yet. But he said people who haven’t drained their coolers should do so now.

“Usually, it’s got to be a hard frost over several days for there to be any damage. But it’s definitely right around the corner,” he said.

Grand Junction residents could be waking up to another record this morning. The forecast low of 30 is 1 degree below the record set two years ago.


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