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Chief Meteorologist Steve Horstmeyer looks back at 1982's 'Freezer Bowl'

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Occasionally during my career I have an experience I will never forget.  January 10, 1982, when the Bengals beat the San Diego Chargers for the AFC Championship was one of those days.

After it was over, the game was in the history books for more than the 27-7 Bengals win.  It was one of the coldest NFL games in history, and it was not even in Minnesota or Green Bay.

I was broadcasting from the field of Riverfront Stadium for more than 8 hours in bone-chilling, teeth-chattering, below zero cold.

The official low that day was -14° and the official high was -4°, a tie for the coldest high temperature in Cincinnati history.  In fact a high temperature below zero is very rare in Cincinnati and only 5 dates have ever had high temperatures below zero here.

Despite the arctic temperature it was the wind chill stole the show.  Later that day faithful Bengals fans had to thaw from a -59° wind chill temperature. But science has progressed and rewritten history, and the wind chill formula in use today would put that chill at -37°. I swear it felt more like -59°. 

To watch the video of the 1982 game, visit www.YouTube.com/FreezerBowl

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