From Frigid To Frozen: Minnesota’s Most Extreme Temperatures Are Astonishing
Minnesota weather is anything but predictable. Of course, we are known for our crazy cold and long winters, but our summers can get a bit atrocious, too (especially if we're talking about humidity levels.)
The highest and lowest temperatures ever recorded in the United States are separated by a vast 210 degrees Fahrenheit.
According to Stacker.com, the world record for the hottest temperature was measured in Death Valley, California, in 1913, when temperatures reached 134 degrees.
The coldest recorded (in the contiguous U.S.) was established at Rogers Pass in Montana in 1954. The temp was -70 degrees Fahrenheit.
As interesting as that information is, let's look at Minnesota's personal archives. You may be shocked to see that Minnesota's data rivals both the highest and lowest records.
Minnesota's Most Extreme Temperatures
- All-time highest temperature: 115° F (Beardsley on July 29, 1917)
- All-time lowest temperature: -60° F (Tower 2S on Feb. 2, 1996)
- All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 36 inches (Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center on Jan. 7, 1994)
- All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 15.1 inches (Hokah Wastewater Treatment Plant on Aug. 19, 2007)
The flood of 2007 was so intense that it resulted in the death of six people.
As I mentioned before, Minnesota is a land of complete extremes, and our temperatures are no exception.
To compare, let's check out our neighbor Iowa's numbers.
- All-time highest temperature: 118° F (Keokuk No 2 on July 20, 1934)
- All-time lowest temperature: -47° F (Elkader 6 SSW on Feb. 3, 1996)
- All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 24 inches (Lenox on April 20, 1918)
- All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 13.18 inches (Atlantic 1 NE on June 14, 1998)
Were you in Minnesota for any of these outrageous weather events? Let us know in the comments below.