Record breaking temperatures cause schools and businesses to close throughout Postville and the Midwest; storm of 1982 remembered as well

It is hard to believe that just one week ago we were hunkered down in our homes and places of business trying to stay warm. As temperatures rebounded to above freezing Saturday and Sunday, most area residents were able to once again get out in the elements. And, perhaps, take off their boots and mittens.

During the near week-long invasion of the Polar Vortex, records were broken, pipes were frozen and many vehicles would not start. School in Postville was canceled from Monday, January 28 through Thursday, January 31. With the days the district had already missed because of snow, they are currently looking at extending the school year by at least three days.

Chris Hackman, who records the official temperatures for the City shared the following information. He said, “We had eight consecutive days where the low temperature was below zero and three consecutive days where the high was below zero.”

And then there was 1982

Anyone who has lived through frigid temperatures, large snowstorms and gusts of blizzard-like winds has stories to tell.

It was brought to our attention that the winter of 1982, especially January, was also very brutal so we did a little research.

Although the Herald did not report the temperatures, when researching on the National Weather site, it was reported that temperatures were -25 and below for several days and over a foot of snow was recorded.

What I’ll Remember of the Storm of the Century from the Pirate Perspective School Page, January 13, 1982

What I’ll remember about the storm of the century is hearing my mom arid dad repeat over and over, “ I don’t think it’s ever been this bad, maybe in 1942, but I don’t think so.” —Jo Preuss

For four nights our family slept downstairs to keep warm. We let our dog and all of our cats in to keep warm. The dog slept with the rest of the family. —Janna Jones

We had people in and out all day long Sunday. A few we thought would be there all night. Then there was a guy who tried to make a run for the drift, and hit the snowplow. He’s in the hospital. Finally, when the storm quit we went outside. We had a 15-foot drift and cars, milk trucks, and semis lined up in each direction. The drift was so packed that we could drive our truck back over it, and down to the highway. When the snowplow came we had a real show. Every time the driver hit the drift, the house shook. 
– Jim Berg

Read the full article in the February 6 edition of the Postville Herald.