What’s the Coldest Temperature Ever Recorded in Minnesota?
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.
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 plummeted to an unbelievable -60 on that frigid day. But as cold as that is, it pales in comparison to the coldest temperature ever recorded in the United States.
Not surprisingly, that took place in the last frontier of Alaska. On January 23, 1971, at Prospect Creek Camp.
To see the full list of the coldest temperature recorded in each state, check out the article from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration here.