PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Yes, we had a Freeze Warning Tuesday morning with a low of 32 in the forecast. If you think Tuesday morning was cold, it doesn’t even come close to the coldest temperature ever recorded in Phoenix.
On Jan. 7, 1913, the low that morning got down to just 16 degrees. They called it the year of the big freeze, where they had a string of days with record lows and temperatures in the teens.
• Jan. 6, 1913, the low was 17 degrees.
• Jan. 7, 1913, the low was 16 degrees.
• Jan. 8, 1913, the low was 19 degrees.
The cold weather in California and Arizona was the top story in the newspaper that day and the headline was, "Record Cold Snap Hits the Valley." They called it the year of the big freeze.
How about the coldest temperature in our state? On Jan. 7, 1971, a cabin near Hawley Lake recorded a temperature of 40 degrees below zero. Now that’s COLD!