EUGENE, Ore. - Climate records for Eugene date back to 1892.
And so far this week, December 4 and December 5 have set new record low temperatures.
The 18F Wednesday bested the previous record low of 20, set during the cold snap of 1972. It was the first time Eugene had been that cold since December 9, 2009.
The mercury set a new low for Thursday, too, with sensors registering 14F at the Eugene Airport. The previous record low of 20 was set in 1992.
The forecast lows this week remain bitterly cold.
On Friday, Dec. 6, the temperature is forecast to drop to 15. That would tie the record set in 1972.
Saturday will be even colder, with a forecast low of 9F - and a forecast high of just 27 degrees.
As cold as that will feel, the cold snap of 1972 put up some impressive numbers more than 40 years ago: 6 below zero on December 7, followed by a frigied 12 below on December 8.
Over the course of 5 days in 1972, the Eugene airport saw both record low temperatures and record low high temperatures.
On Dec. 6, 1972, thermometers bottomed out at 15 and never got above 24.
The weather shifted into deep-freeze mode.
On Dec. 7, 1972, the high was 20; the low hit minus 6.
On Dec. 8, 1972, the high was 13; the low hit minus 12.
On Dec. 9, 1972, Eugene warmed up to 19 F. The low was minus 5.
On Dec. 10, 1972, the high was 16; the low, minus 7.
On Dec. 11, the low hit minus 5 - another new record. But a cold snap from 1919 held on to the record low high temperature for Dec. 11. Records from that nearly century-old cold snap stood even as temperatures remained low in November 1972, with the high not going above freezing until December 16, 1972.