Never mind our chilly nights lately. A century ago Monday morning, at 6:15 a.m. on Jan. 7, 1913, the mercury in San Diego hit rock bottom. It hasn’t been that cold since.
How low did it go? To 25 nippy degrees Fahrenheit. The “Great California Freeze” froze half the home water pipes in the city, iced bottles of milk on doorsteps and burst fire hydrants. The chill also spawned icicles, killed fruit crops and forced fishermen to stay on land due to frozen nets.
“Yes, it was some cold,” declared the Evening Tribune. “Fifty thousand new resolutions were passed to put in furnaces, coal grates, and electric heaters.”