Icebox: -46 is coldest in 43 years!

Cold enough for ya?

The Nation’s Icebox lived up to its name this morning. The temperature at International Falls plummeted to -46 overnight. MPR colleague and UM Professor Dr. Mark Seeley tells me that’s the coldest reading in the border city since 1968. The temperature also hit -46 that year in International Falls.

Several locations in northern Minnesota also hit -40 or colder early Friday.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN

921 AM CST FRI JAN 21 2011

…FRIGID TEMPERATURES CHILL THE NORTHLAND…

THE FOLLOWING ARE OBSERVED LOW TEMPERATURES THROUGH 900 AM FRIDAY

JANUARY 21 2011. TEMPERATURES ARE IN DEGREES FAHRENHEIT.

TEMP LOCATION ST COUNTY SOURCE

—- ———————– — ————– ——-

-46 INTERNATIONAL FALLS MN KOOCHICHING ASOS

-46 BABBITT MN ST LOUIS COOP

-43 EMBARRASS MN ST LOUIS COOP

-43 BIGFORK MN ITASCA RAWS

-43 ASHLAKE MN ST LOUIS MNDOT

-43 EFFIE MN ITASCA RAWS

-40 BIRCHDALE MN KOOCHICHING MNDOT

-39 MINONG WI WASHBURN RAWS

-38 KABETOGAMA MN ST LOUIS COOP

-38 CRANE LAKE MN ST LOUIS AWOS

-37 HILL CITY MN ITASCA RAWS

-37 ELY MN ST LOUIS RAWS

-36 LONGVILLE MN CASS AWOS

-36 PINE RIVER MN CASS AWOS

-36 SEAGULL LAKE MN COOK RAWS

-36 WRIGHT MN ST LOUIS COOP

-34 GUNFLINT LAKE MN COOK COOP

-34 HAYWARD WI SAWYER RAWS

-33 GRAND RAPIDS MN ITASCA AWOS

-33 MCGREGOR MN AITKIN AWOS

-33 AITKIN MN AITKIN AWOS

-33 HIBBING MN ST LOUIS RAWS

-33 BRAINERD MN CROW WING ASOS

-33 MOOSE LAKE MN CARLTON AWOS

-31 SILVER BAY MN LAKE AWOS

-31 TWO HARBORS MN LAKE AWOS

-31 SIREN WI BURNETT AWOS

-30 GORDON WI ASHLAND RAWS

-26 SUPERIOR WI DOUGLAS AWOS

-26 PHILLIPS WI PRICE AWOS

-24 DULUTH MN ST LOUIS ASOS

Temperatures also hit brutal levels in southern Minnesota with many locations plunging to -20 to -30.

In the metro, the Urban Heat Island was in full effect. While the “official” temperature at MSP Airport stalled at -16 overnight, close in suburbs dipped to -20 or colder including…

Eden Prairie -21

Crystal -22

UM Campus St. Paul -22

Chanhassen -25

Lakeville -29!

Here are the numbers for southern Minnesota & western Wisconsin.

MAX/MIN TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE FOR

CENTRAL AND SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA AND WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

1025 AM CST FRI JAN 21 2011

VALUES REPRESENT HIGHS YESTERDAY…LOWS OVER THE LAST 12 HOURS

AND PRECIPITATION OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS

:

ASOS AIRPORTS – WEST CENTRAL/CENTRAL/SOUTHERN MN/WEST CENTRAL WI

WITH PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL/SNOW DEPTH REPORTS

:

.BR MSP 0121 C DH00/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ

:

: MAX MIN SNOW SNOW

:ID LOCATION TEMP TEMP PCPN FALL DEPTH

EAU : EAU CLAIRE WI : 8 / -22 / T / T / 20

MSP : MINNEAPOLIS MN : 9 / -16 / 0.01/ 0.1/ 12

STC : ST CLOUD MN : 9 / -29 / T / T / 14

:

ASOS AIRPORTS – WEST CENTRAL/CENTRAL/SOUTHERN MN

WITHOUT PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL/SNOW DEPTH REPORTS

:

AXN : ALEXANDRIA MN : M / M /

MIC : CRYSTAL MN : 8 / -22 /

FCM : FLYING CLOUD MN : 7 / -21 /

RWF : REDWOOD FALLS MN : 11 / -24 /

STP : ST PAUL MN : 9 / -17 /

:

:

AWOS AIRPORTS – WEST CENTRAL/CENTRAL/SOUTHERN MN/WEST CENTRAL WI

:

AEL : ALBERT LEA MN : 9 / -26 /

AQP : APPLETON MN : 10 / -27 /

BBB : BENSON MN : 12 / -27 /

ANE : BLAINE MN : 14 / -20 /

CFE : BUFFALO MN : 7 / -28 /

CBG : CAMBRIDGE MN : 5 / -29 /

CNB : CANBY MN : 13 / -21 /

FRM : FAIRMONT MN : 10 / -18 /

FBL : FARIBAULT MN : 9 / -29 /

GYL : GLENCOE MN : 6 / -30 /

GHW : GLENWOOD MN : 9 / -27 /

GDB : GRANITE FALLS MN : 11 / -25 /

HCD : HUTCHINSON MN : 10 / -28 /

21D : LAKE ELMO MN : 9 / -27 /

LVN : LAKEVILLE MN : 7 / -29 /

LJF : LITCHFIELD MN : 7 / -27 /

LXL : LITTLE FALLS MN : 9 / -29 /

14Y : LONG PRAIRIE : 9 / -30 /

DXX : MADISON MN : 12 / -24 /

MKT : MANKATO MN : 9 / -24 /

MGG : MAPLE LAKE MN : 6 / -29 /

MVE : MONTEVIDEO MN : 12 / -20 /

JMR : MORA MN : 7 / -27 /

MOX : MORRIS MN : 12 / -27 /

ULM : NEW ULM MN : 9 / -24 /

OVL : OLIVIA MN : 10 / -20 /

OWA : OWATONNA MN : 7 / -26 /

PEX : PAYNESVILLE MN : 7 / -32 /

PNM : PRINCETON MN : 5 / -33 /

RGK : RED WING MN : 10 / -27 /

ROS : RUSH CITY : 6 / -27 /

D39 : SAUK CENTRE MN : 11 / -27 /

SAZ : STAPLES MN : 7 / -33 /

JYG : ST JAMES MN : 10 / -22 /

SGS : SOUTH ST PAUL MN : 10 / -17 /

ACQ : WASECA MN : 9 / -24 /

BDH : WILLMAR MN : 9 / -29 /

RPD : RICE LAKE WI : 6 / -31 /

LUM : MENOMONIE WI : 10 / -22 /

OEO : OSCEOLA WI : 7 / -29 /

RNH : NEW RICHMOND WI : 7 / -28 /

RCX : LADYSMITH WI : 6 / -25 /

.END

: COOPERATIVE WEATHER OBSERVATION SITES

.BR MSP 0121 C DH06/TAIRZX/TAIRZN/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ

:

: OBS MAX MIN SNOW SNOW

:ID LOCATION TIME TEMP TEMP PCPN FALL DEPTH

:

: IN MINNESOTA

:

ALBM5: ALBERT LEA MN : DH0800/ 10 / -23 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 16

ADVM5: ANDOVER MN : DH0600/ 8 / -27 / 0.03/ 0.5/ 19

BTHM5: BLUE EARTH MN : DH0600/ 11 / -18 / 0.00/ M/ M

CFAM5: CANNON FALLS MN : DH0610/ 8 / -27 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 21

MPXM5: CHANHASSEN WFO : DH0600/ 5 / -25 / T / T / 11

CHNM5: CHANHASSEN MN : DH0700/ M / M / 0.00/ M/ M

CHKM5: CHASKA NW MN : DH0600/ 5 / -29 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 14

DSLM5: DASSEL MN : DH0800/ 2 / -28 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 18

FIRM5: FAIRMONT MN : DH0700/ 10 / -17 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 20

FORM5: FOREST LAKE MN : DH0700/ 10 / -23 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 12

GLDM5: GAYLORD MN : DH0700/ 7 / -23 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 19

HSTM5: HASTINGS L/D MN : DH0600/ 9 / -22 / 0.02/ T / 15

HCSM5: HUTCHINSON MN : DHM / M / M / M/ 0.0/ 19

JORM5: JORDAN MN : DH0655/ 5 / -28 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 12

LNGM5: LONG PRAIRIE MN : DH0600/ 5 / -31 / 0.01/ 0.1/ 17

MLRM5: MELROSE MN : DH0700/ 3 / -29 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 14

MLCM5: MILACA MN : DH0730/ 6 / -30 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 13

LSAM5: LWR ST ANTHONY MN : DH0600/ 8 / -15 / 0.00/ M/ M

MVDM5: MONTEVIDEO MN : DH0700/ 10 / -24 / 0.00/ 0.0/ M

MRAM5: MORA MN : DH0700/ 4 / -27 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 7

NUMM5: NEW ULM 3 SE MN : DH0800/ 8 / -26 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 21

NMAM5: NORTH MANKATO : DH0700/ 8 / -21 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 17

RDWM5: RED WING L/D MN : DH0600/ 11 / -25 / 0.01/ M/ M

REWM5: REDWOOD FALLS MN : DH0500/ 10 / -22 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 18

RCEM5: RICE MN : DH0700/ 8 / -32 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 10

SCSM5: ST CLOUD ST MN : DH0600/ M / M / 0.00/ 0.0/ 12

SHRM5: SHERBURN MN : DH0700/ 9 / -17 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 10

UMNM5: ST PAUL U OF MN : DH0800/ 7 / -22 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 16

WASM5: WASECA MN : DH0800/ 8 / -26 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 13

WELM5: WELLS MN : DH0800/ 8 / -22 / 0.00/ M/ 11

WLDM5: WILD RVR ST PARK : DH0800/ 6 / -30 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 15

ZBRM5: ZUMBROTA MN : DH0700/ 9 / -28 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 9

:

: IN WISCONSIN

:

AGSW3: AUGUSTA WI : DH0800/ 7 / -27 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 19

BMRW3: BLOOMER WI : DH0800/ 6 / -25 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 15

BALW3: BALDWIN WI : DH0700/ 6 / -29 / 0.00/ M/ 26

CBLW3: CUMBERLAND WI : DH0700/ 7 / -26 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 11

DRDW3: DURAND WI : DH0800/ 10 / -27 / 0.00/ M/ 18

HOLW3: HOLCOMBE WI : DH0700/ 8 / -29 / 0.00/ M/ M

JIMW3: JIM FALLS WI : DH0630/ 9 / -18 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 16

LDSW3: LADYSMITH WI : DH0530/ 10 / -33 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 16

RILW3: RICE LAKE WI : DH0800/ 5 / -31 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 16

ROBW3: ROBERTS WI : DH0800/ M / M / 0.01/ 0.3/ 12

SCFW3: ST CROIX FALLS WI : DH0700/ 9 / -28 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 13

STAW3: STANLEY WI : DH0800/ 8 / -28 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 13

.END

PH

  • Zebulun

    That’s pretty cold.

    I live in the Red River Valley and what has confounded me this winter is that on several occasions (today included) we have gotten a strong south wind and a snowfall despite the frigid air mass sitting on top of us. How does that happen?

  • Duluthian

    My co-workers brother lives in rural Babbitt, MN. At 7:01 am this morning his thermometer read -52.1 F.