Monday, January 17, 2022

Coldest Minn. temp on record is 60 below

You might think our recent frigid temperatures were unbearable. Just take a look at Minnesota weather statistics going back to the late 1880s early 1900s.

We just survived below zero temperatures for about a week straight.

In our Blooming Prairie area, temperatures plummeted to nearly 30 below zero. Brrrrrrrrr!

Let's look back at some Minnesota weather statistics. But before we look at the stats, I must say that I recall some really cold, cold temperatures while growing up on a small dairy farm, two miles west of Corning in Newry Township.

The statistics come from Wikipedia.

I also remember snow drifts as high as the roof on our small farm house.

Minnesota weather statistics show the coldest temperature on record was 60 degrees below zero on Feb. 2, 1996 at Tower. That's way up north.

The largest single-day temperature change was 71 degrees, recorded on April 3, 1982 in Lamberton.

Hottest temp on record was 114 degrees Fahrenheit. It is shared by Beardsley on July 29, 1917 and in Moorhead on July 6, 1936.

Coldest wind chill was 100 degrees below zero Jan. 9-10, 1982 (old formula) at Northern. Under the new formula, the coldest wind chill was 77 degrees below zero on Jan. 29, 2019 at Thief River Falls.

For those who like winter, the cold is indeed here, and we also have significant snow on the ground to make it almost ideal conditions for snowmobiling, skiing, snow boarding and snowshoeing.

The earliest snowfall recorded was a trace on Aug. 31, 1949 in Duluth. Earliest measurable snowfall was .3 inch on Sept. 14, 1964 in International Falls. The latest recorded snow was 1.5 inches on June 4, 1935 at Mizpah.

Most snow in a 24-hour period was 36 inches on Jan. 7, 1964 in Lake County. Most snow in one storm was 47 inches on Jan. 6-8, 1994 in Lake County. During one month, Collegeville had 66 inches in March 1965, the most ever.

The most snow during one season was 170 inches recorded 1949-50 at Grand Portage State Park.

The most fatalities, up to 200, during a winter storm was reported statewide Jan. 12-13, 1888.

Here's high and low temperatures by the month for Minnesota:

January -- High 69 in Montevideo, Jan. 24, 1981 and low -57 in Embarrass, Jan. 20, 1996.

February -- High 76 in Pleasant Mound, Feb. 26, 1896 and low -60 in Tower, Feb. 2, 1996.

March -- High 88, March 23, 1910 in Montevideo and low -50, March 2, 1897, Pine City.

April -- High 101, April 22, 1980 in Hawley and low -22 in Kahlstad, April 6, 1979 in Kahlstad.

May -- High 112, May 31, 1934 in Maple Plain and low 4 in Pine River on May 1, 1909 in Pine River and 4 in Pine River, May 2, 1909.

June -- High 110, June 29, 1931 in Canby and low 15 on June 1 1964 in Bigfork.

July -- High 114, July 29, 1917 in Beardsley and low 24 July 7, 1997 in Tower.

August -- High 110, Aug. 10, 1947 in Beardsley and in Montevideo on Aug. 1, 1988; low 21 on Aug. 28, 1896 in Tower and low 21 on Aug. 2, 2002 in Kelliher.

September -- High 111, Sept. 11, 1931 in Beardsley and low 10 on Sept. 30, 1930 in Big Falls and low 10 on Sept. 22, 1974.

October -- High 98, Oct. 5, 1963 in Beardsley and low minus 16 on Oct. 26, 1936 in Roseau.

November -- High 84, Nov. 1 1950 in Winona and low minus 45 on Nov. 30, 1896 in Pine City.

December -- High 74, Dec. 9, 1939 in Wheaton and low minus 57 on Dec. 31, 1898 in Pine City.

 

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