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, âˆ’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 âˆ’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 âˆ’81.4 °F (âˆ’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!
|Alabama||-27||Jan. 30, 1966||New Market|
|Alaska||-80||Jan. 23, 1971||Prospect Creek|
|Arizona||-40||Jan. 7, 1971||Hawley Lake|
|Arkansas||-29||Feb. 13, 1905||Pond|
|California||-45||Jan. 20, 1937||Boca|
|Colorado||-61||Feb. 1, 1985||Maybell|
|Connecticut||-32||Feb. 16, 1943||Falls Village|
|Delaware||-17||Jan. 17, 1893||Millsboro|
|Florida||– 2||Feb. 13, 1899||Tallahassee|
|Georgia||-17||Jan. 27, 1940||N. Floyd County|
|Hawaii||12||May 17, 1979||Mauna Kea|
|Idaho||-60||Jan. 18, 1943||Island Park Dam|
|Illinois||-36||Jan. 5, 1999||Congerville|
|Indiana||-36||Jan. 19, 1994||New Whiteland|
|Iowa||-47||Feb. 3, 1996||Elkader|
|Kansas||-40||Feb. 13, 1905||Lebanon|
|Kentucky||-37||Jan. 19, 1994||Shelbyville|
|Louisiana||-16||Feb. 13, 1899||Minden|
|Maine||-48||Jan. 19, 1925||Van Buren|
|Maryland||-40||Jan. 13, 1912||Oakland|
|Massachusetts||-35||Jan. 12, 1981||Chester|
|Michigan||-51||Feb. 9, 1934||Vanderbilt|
|Minnesota||-60||Feb. 2, 1996||Tower|
|Mississippi||-19||Jan. 30, 1966||Corinth|
|Missouri||-40||Feb. 13, 1905||Warsaw|
|Montana||-70||Jan. 20, 1954||Rogers Pass|
|Nebraska||-47||Feb. 12, 1899||Camp Clarke|
|Nevada||-50||Jan. 8, 1937||San Jacinto|
|New Hampshire||-47||Jan. 29, 1934||Mt. Washington|
|New Jersey||-34||Jan. 5, 1904||River Vale|
|New Mexico||-50||Feb. 1, 1951||Gavilan|
|New York||-52||Feb. 18, 1979||Old Forge|
|North Carolina||-34||Jan. 21, 1985||Mt. Mitchell|
|North Dakota||-60||Feb. 15, 1936||Parshall|
|Ohio||-39||Feb. 10, 1899||Milligan|
|Oklahoma||-31||Feb. 9, 2011||Nowata|
|Oregon||-54||Feb. 10, 1933||Seneca|
|Pennsylvania||-42||Jan. 5, 1904||Smethport|
|Rhode Island||-25||Feb. 5, 1996||Greene|
|South Carolina||-19||Jan. 21, 1985||Caesars Head|
|South Dakota||-58||Feb. 17, 1936||McIntosh|
|Tennessee||-32||Dec. 30, 1917||Mountain City|
|Texas||-23||Feb. 8, 1933||Seminole|
|Utah||-69||Feb. 1, 1985||Peter’s Sink|
|Vermont||-50||Dec. 30, 1933||Bloomfield|
|Virginia||-30||Jan. 22, 1985||Mountain Lake|
|Washington||-48||Dec. 30, 1968||Mazama|
|West Virginia||-37||Dec. 30, 1917||Lewisburg|
|Wisconsin||-55||Feb. 4, 1996||Couderay|
|Wyoming||-66||Feb. 9, 1933||Riverside|
Information Courtesy the National Climatic Data Center.