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Twin Cities Cold Weather Records

It may be cold now, but Minneapolis-St. Paul has much, much worse weather in its past.

After facing two cold spells within just weeks, there is no doubt Minnesotans have been suffering through some frigid temperatures. But this most recent freeze is a far cry from the coldest weather to pummel the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro.

Here’s a look at the Twin Cities’ coldest temperatures, courtesy of the National Weather Service.

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All-Time Low: Jan. 22, 1936 and Jan. 19, 1970 (-34 degrees Fahrenheit).

  • But Now: This recent cold snap dipped down to a mere -16 Monday.

Coldest Day: Jan. 22, 1936 (high of -17, low of -34 and an average temperature of -26).

  • But Now: Monday had a high of -6, a low of -16 and an average of -11.


Longest period below freezing: 8 p.m. Dec. 18, 1977 through 11 a.m. Feb. 23, 1978— a period of 66 days and 16 hours.

  • But Now: This cold spell was above freezing as recently as Friday, when Minnesota warmed up to a sweltering 33 degrees.


Longest period of zero or below: 8 p.m. Dec. 31, 1911 through 1 p.m. Jan. 8, 1912—a period of 186 hours. It would have been 311 consecutive hours, but the temperature climbed above zero for four hours before dipping down again through Jan. 13, 1912.  

  • But Now: The Twin Cities were well above zero as recently as Sunday.


Longest period with an overnight minimum of zero or below: Jan. 18 through Feb. 22, 1936—36 consecutive days.

  • But Now: For this cold spell, the period only goes back to Sunday.


Longest period with an overnight minimum of -10 or below: Jan. 12 through Jan. 31, 1963—20 consecutive days.

  • But Now: Temperatures below -10 only go back to Monday for this most recent freeze.


Longest period with an overnight minimum of -20 or below: Feb.  7 through Feb. 12, 1899 and Jan. 30 through Feb. 4, 1996—six consecutive days.

  • But Now: Temperatures haven’t dropped this far during this cold spell.


Longest period with an overnight minimum of -30 or below: Jan. 24 and Jan. 25, 1904 and Jan. 11 and Jan. 12, 1912—two consecutive days.

  • But Now: Temperatures haven’t dropped this far during this cold spell.

 


yomammy January 28, 2014 at 07:17 PM
it was Bushes fault back then too...if only we had taxed carbon before we knew waht carbon was....oh the hugemanity
Frank Watson January 30, 2014 at 10:16 AM
People have short memories. Here is more recent cold. And schools weren't closed. 2004 January Date high low 28 2 -16 Wed 29 -8 -16 Thu 30 -4 -24 Fri 2009 January Date high low 13 -2 -18 Wed 14 -3 -16 Thu 15 -6 -21 Fri 16 8 -22 Sat
yomammy January 30, 2014 at 11:19 AM
Global warming alarmists are counting on people not remembering...
Markus January 30, 2014 at 10:32 PM
"Global warming alarmists are counting on people not remembering.." You mean climate change?
yomammy January 31, 2014 at 07:55 AM
oh, yeah...if you call it climate change, you can demonize the weather no matter WHAT happens...
Proflow January 31, 2014 at 12:41 PM
A global warming trend refers to average global temperatures; which are rising as predicted.
yomammy January 31, 2014 at 01:15 PM
10, 100, 1000 years means axactly D1$k when it comes to a global temp scale.
Roach Silverback February 02, 2014 at 11:20 AM
Hahaha the temp changed at the patch
Roach Silverback February 02, 2014 at 11:21 AM
No more censorship from the comi editors

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