Brrrr-eaking News: Ice Age Flashback on Minnesota’s Coldest Temp
Anyone who's lived through a Minnesota winter knows just how cold it can get. That being said, some parts of the state have seen temperatures so extreme it's hard to even fathom.
No one in the North Star State would be eager to see temps as low as this again, as the mercury plummeted to levels never seen before (or since) in the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this is the coldest temperature ever recorded in the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes.
The coldest temperature in Minnesota's history was recorded on Groundhog Day, February 2, 1996. I think it's safe to say the groundhog saw its shadow on that day.
It happened in the small town of Tower, with a population of 1,394.Tower is located in St. Louis County, around 87 miles north of Duluth and just southwest of Ely.
How Cold Did It Get?
According to NOAA, the temperatures tumbled to an unbelievable -60 below zero on that frigid day. But as cold as that is, it pales in comparison to the coldest temperature ever recorded in the history of the United States.
Where's the Coldest Temperature Ever Recorded in the U.S.?
The coldest temperature recorded in U.S. history took place on January 23rd, 1971. On that frigid day, the temperature dropped to a mind-blowing -80 below zero at Prospect Creek Camp, located in the Brooks Range Mountains in Northern Alaska.
To see the full list of the coldest temperatures recorded in each state, check out the article from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration here.