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New round of cold weather records set across southern Alberta

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LETHBRIDGE, AB. – This is becoming a record-setting cold snap for early to mid February.

Another round of new cold records were set across the province on Tuesday (Feb. 9), many of those here in the south.

Environment Canada says about dozen communities saw their coldest February 9th ever including Waterton, Milk River, Taber, Bow Island, Claresholm, High River and Cardston.

Waterton was, by the far the coldest in this area, with a temperature dipping to -40.2°C. That smashed the old record for February 9th by nearly seven degrees which was set in 2018.

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The weather office is forecasting a few more days of extreme cold for the province, with more new records likely on the way.

Since the polar vortex gripped the province, there’ve been 41 new cold records set across Alberta in just a few days.

The following areas set a daily minimum temperature record on Tuesday February 9, 2021. Values given in degrees Celsius.

Bow Island Area 
New record of -33.5 
Old record of -32.7 set in 2018 
Records in this area have been kept since 1961 

Cardston Area 
New record of -37.9 
Old record of -37.8 set in 1939 
Records in this area have been kept since 1918 

Claresholm Area 
New record of -35.7 
Old record of -32.8 set in 2018 
Records in this area have been kept since 1951 

High River Area 
New record of -33.8 
Old record of -30.9 set in 2019 
Records in this area have been kept since 1913 

Milk River Area 
New record of -36.8 
Old record of -30.7 set in 2018 
Records in this area have been kept since 1994 

Taber Area 
New record of -35.9 
Old record of -35.4 set in 2018 
Records in this area have been kept since 1947 

Waterton Park Area 
New record of -40.2 
Old record of -33.8 set in 2018 
Records in this area have been kept since 1976
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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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