How does Minnesota Cold compare to other states? – WCCO


MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – This weekend, fans from across the country will visit Minnesota for the USA Pond Hockey Championships. For some, these will be the coldest temperatures they have ever experienced.

So where does Minnesota rank in terms of the coldest places in the United States? Well, no surprise, Alaska beats everyone – by far. The state’s average annual temperature is 26 degrees, while Minnesota’s is 40.1.

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“Alaska is in its own category for cold,” said Pete Boulay, assistant state climatologist with the Minnesota State Bureau of Climatology. “They know the cold.”

But after that, Boulay says everything is pretty close. MinnPost has run NOAA averages since 1901. North Dakota is 39.7. Minnesota and Maine are tied at 40.1. Next come Wyoming, Montana, Vermont and Wisconsin.

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“But if you look at what really matters, the temperature in January, we’re basically on par with North Dakota,” Boulay said.

If you look at the records in every state, Prospect Creek in Alaska was minus 80 in 1971. It was minus 70 in Montana in 1954. Wyoming had minus 63 days and Colorado had minus 61 readings.

“We don’t have mountains in Minnesota,” Boulay said.

Idaho, North Dakota and Minnesota are all tied at minus 60 below.

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Records show that in 1979 it reached 12 degrees in Hawaii.


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