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A cold day, once upon a time...

By Mike Watson

Thursday, January 24th, 1963 was the national weather day for Adair County. National news shows reported the official low temperature, a record so far as official statistics could reveal, was 30 degrees below zero at Columbia, Kentucky. Temperature as much as 36 below was recorded elsewhere in the county, but was considered "unofficial." Bradfordville, in Marion County, tied with Columbia on the 24th with 30 below. The following week Henry Giles, in his column Spout Springs Splashes, reported that neighbor Carl Lemmon's thermometer registered 35 below zero, was on a tree in the yard. Mr. Giles' had 28 below at 4:40 a.m. on the fateful date.

On Tuesday, January 22nd, four to five inches of snow had fallen and temperatures began to drop. There was considerable wind with this weather front and drifting became a problem. I often heard our dad, Carl Watson, speak of the drifted snow being even with the fence posts on our farm out 704 on Earls' Ridge, between Old Concord-Walnut Grove School, and Inroad.

Schools in Adair were closed on Wednesday the 23rd and remained closed into the following week due to the extreme, extended cold and lack of melting.

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