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Now That’s Cold! Record-Breaking Lows

You think this winter has been cold? Check out these record-breaking temperatures!

After a mild season last year, Old Man Winter is back with a vengeance! Last week brought punishingly cold temperatures to much of the U.S. and Canada, with actual temperatures dipping below 0° F in many regions, and wind chills much colder than that.

As cold as some of last week’s temperatures were, though, they’ve got nothing on the coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth, −128.6 °F, recorded at the Soviet Vostok Station in Antarctica, on July 21, 1983.

No other continent has seen a temperature even close to this record. The closest, at −90 °F, recorded in Russia’s Sakha Republic on two separate occasions, was nearly 40 degrees warmer.

The coldest temperature in both North America and Canada was −81.4 °F (−63 °C), recorded in Snag, Yukon on February 3, 1947. At just over a degree and a half warmer, the United States record occurred in Alaska, where a temperature of -79.8° F was recorded at Prospect Creek Camp in the Endicott Mountains of northern Alaska on January 23, 1971.

In the lower 48 States, the coldest temperature was ten degrees warmer than the nationwide record at -69.7° F, recorded at Rogers Pass, in Lewis and Clark County, Montana, on January 20, 1954.

Want to know what the record low temperature is for your state? Find out below!

StateTemp.DateStation
Alabama-27Jan. 30, 1966New Market
Alaska-80Jan. 23, 1971Prospect Creek
Arizona-40Jan. 7, 1971Hawley Lake
Arkansas-29Feb. 13, 1905Pond
California-45Jan. 20, 1937Boca
Colorado-61Feb. 1, 1985Maybell
Connecticut-32Feb. 16, 1943Falls Village
Delaware-17Jan. 17, 1893Millsboro
Florida– 2Feb. 13, 1899Tallahassee
Georgia-17Jan. 27, 1940N. Floyd County
Hawaii12May 17, 1979Mauna Kea
Idaho-60Jan. 18, 1943Island Park Dam
Illinois-36Jan. 5, 1999Congerville
Indiana-36Jan. 19, 1994New Whiteland
Iowa-47Feb. 3, 1996Elkader
Kansas-40Feb. 13, 1905Lebanon
Kentucky-37Jan. 19, 1994Shelbyville
Louisiana-16Feb. 13, 1899Minden
Maine-48Jan. 19, 1925Van Buren
Maryland-40Jan. 13, 1912Oakland
Massachusetts-35Jan. 12, 1981Chester
Michigan-51Feb. 9, 1934Vanderbilt
Minnesota-60Feb. 2, 1996Tower
Mississippi-19Jan. 30, 1966Corinth
Missouri-40Feb. 13, 1905Warsaw
Montana-70Jan. 20, 1954Rogers Pass
Nebraska-47Feb. 12, 1899Camp Clarke
Nevada-50Jan. 8, 1937San Jacinto
New Hampshire-47Jan. 29, 1934Mt. Washington
New Jersey-34Jan. 5, 1904River Vale
New Mexico-50Feb. 1, 1951Gavilan
New York-52Feb. 18, 1979Old Forge
North Carolina-34Jan. 21, 1985Mt. Mitchell
North Dakota-60Feb. 15, 1936Parshall
Ohio-39Feb. 10, 1899Milligan
Oklahoma-31Feb. 9, 2011Nowata
Oregon-54Feb. 10, 1933Seneca
Pennsylvania-42Jan. 5, 1904Smethport
Rhode Island-25Feb. 5, 1996Greene
South Carolina-19Jan. 21, 1985Caesars Head
South Dakota-58Feb. 17, 1936McIntosh
Tennessee-32Dec. 30, 1917Mountain City
Texas-23Feb. 8, 1933Seminole
Utah-69Feb. 1, 1985Peter’s Sink
Vermont-50Dec. 30, 1933Bloomfield
Virginia-30Jan. 22, 1985Mountain Lake
Washington-48Dec. 30, 1968Mazama
West Virginia-37Dec. 30, 1917Lewisburg
Wisconsin-55Feb. 4, 1996Couderay
Wyoming-66Feb. 9, 1933Riverside

Information Courtesy the National Climatic Data Center.

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Angela

New York State hit colder than that this year, temps recorded at Whiteface – Lake Placid, NY

Charles

I think that earlier this year there was a new record set in Anarctica, around -134 or -135.

Corny

Con-trails on the west coast have joined in with the jet stream from the South of Texas from the Gulf ! It had been predicted at the beginning of the week, maybe sooner. The phenomena is being labeled a conspiracy theory, but the U S government funds it apparently to cool the planet if global warming is on-going..

Roberta

Thank you God for All. Do Unto Others as you would have them do unto You…
Yes, we are having a global warming, I believe it is as someone above mentioned called “a cycle”. The scientists were speaking about this cycle before it started. Said we were in for a cycle of EXTREME temps for aproximately 75 years. Anyone listening to the news, 15, 20 years ago knows. Scientists were pretty much in agreement about the cycle we were about to live in.

mary

You really are simple folks as in simpleminded aren’t you? tell hte sun cycle story to the polar bears I give up trying to be logical, yeah ok you are right its the sun cycles, or maybe its a liberal.socialist plot according to Glen.

scotty

People forget that our world and the sun are part of mother nature which will always be going through changes.

Angie Gentley

It takes about 30 years for the weather to go from one extreme to the other and back. That’s why the coldest temps were 30ish years ago. This is due to the ocean current that travels up and down the Atlantic coast. I learned this in my oceanography class many moons ago. The weather will seem nicer in a few years.

mary

Glen I suggest you get over your Al Gore issues and read some real science.
As for Al Gore, george Bush and all the rest of them ……..they are not scientists but politicians. Don’t you get it ? The sun cycles? you are kidding me right?

Walter

Some have suggested that throughout winter at least, Canadians are God’s frozen people.
Others deny this, saying many are cols but few are frozen.

Glen

Mary, your right, global warming IS a real issue, it’s called the Sun and it’s cycles. But Al Gore will say otherwise to push a global carbon tax on us. Al Gore and his ilk will make HUGE profits on this sham.
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080407190706AApDFHW

CHERYL

I would like to know where to find the article referred to regarding:
” infomation on weed killing,planting, pruning times”
Please respond

Jaime McLeod

Cheryl – Here is our gardening calendar: https://www.farmersalmanac.com/calendar/gardening

Jaime McLeod

Yes, the Yukon is part of Canada.

mary

global warming is a very real event, and having colder then usual winters does not negate the effects of global warming consider the following:
Which region on the planet has had the greatest increase in temperature over the past couple of decades?
Answer – the Arctic, when the earth’s overall temperature rises, the Arctic’s rises significantly more.
#2 – So what happens when the Arctic temperature rises so much more than the temperature on most of the rest of the planet?
Answer – Easy. Ask yourself what happens when any gaseous substance is heated. Its local pressure increases and as a result the gaseous substance EXPANDS. In the case of the Arctic, we’ve got several million cubic miles where the temperature has risen significantly more than it has in the sub-arctic areas…and as a result, the warmer Arctic (which is STILL very cold to us, mind you) is expanding, pushing colder sub-Arctic and even Arctic air down to lower latitudes. That’s why, people, that we’re getting historically-bad winter weather not only here in America but also in the rest of the world that shares our general latitude, i.e. Europe and Russia.

bill baug

I realy like the inromation on weed killing,planting, pruning times

Rebecca

I agree with Linda. My immediate thoughts on this article was that the coldest temperature ever was recorded only thirty years ago. Of course we are only talking recorded temperatures.

Steve

Hello Tina, how are you? This is most likley from the U.S. letter. However there is a Canadian version, and a recipe’ letter you can sign up for as well. Hope this was helpful.

Gunner

Is the Yukon not part of Canada?

Linda

Enough talk about global warming!!

Tina

What about Canada temperatures?

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