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!