Just how cold IS it?

The last week has been pretty cold, and we had some awfully cold days this year back around Thanksgiving which seemed really early.  But then I read a Facebook post from a woman I went to high school with who lives in Alaska now…-35 degrees.  Ouch, I guess it’s not so bad here.  So I decided to check out some records for winter harshness. (All these are listed in Fahrenheit.)




I had always thought that Mt. Washington was the coldest place in New England, but I was wrong.  The lowest temperature recorded there was -47 on January 29, 1934.  Maine and Vermont are tied for the lowest at -50.  It was set in Maine at Big Black River on January 16, 2009.  And set in Vermont in Bloomfield on December 30, 1933.

The coldest recorded in the United States was -79.8 at Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska on January 23, 1971.  If we stick to the lower 48, the record goes to Roger’s Pass, Montana with a low of -69.7 on January 20, 1954.  This pales in comparison to the lowest Temperature ever recorded of -128.6 at Soviet Vostok Station, Antarctica on July 21, 1983.  (Hey, isn’t that supposed to be summer?)

So even while I wait for summer, I have to admit that winter isn’t quite as bad as it could be!



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