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BP: Deep freeze settles in: Wednesday forecast calls for wind chills at 60 below


January 30, 2019

BEMIDJI -- In the winter of 1950, Ira Batchelder had to wake up every three hours to record the temperature at the airport, where he slept in the administration building. He’d put the alarm clock in a tin can to make sure he heard it. Then, he’d bundle up and walk out to take the reading.

He got a particularly cold result the morning of Jan. 30 -- it was 50 degrees below zero. After he submitted his report, Batchelder, received a message from the Minneapolis office asking him to confirm the reading. Even a news organization from Detroit was wondering if they’d heard the temperature right.


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