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U.S. States by Coldest Recorded Temperature

Name the U.S. states that have the lowest ever recorded temperatures.
According to this source. Records considered dubious are not included
As of July 17, 2017
Quiz by Jarl5
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First submittedJuly 12, 2017
Last updatedNovember 3, 2018
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°C
°F
State
-62.1
-79.8
Alaska
-56.5
-69.7
Montana
-56.3
-69.3
Utah
-52.8
-63.0
Wyoming
-51.7
-61.0
Colorado
°C
°F
State
-51.1
-60.0
Idaho
-51.1
-60.0
North Dakota
-50.8
-59.4
Minnesota
-50.0
-58.0
South Dakota
-48.3
-54.5
Wisconsin
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level 67
Jul 17, 2017
Check out my quiz on the most climatologically diverse states. There's one for countries too!
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level 65
Jul 17, 2017
Whoa, that might be the fastest I ever completed a quiz.
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level 57
Jul 17, 2017
Well that's five points for you!
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level 69
Jul 18, 2017
So South Dakota has both the 6th hottest and the 9th coldest recorded temperature in the US. Interesting.
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level 82
Jul 18, 2017
The presence of oceans or other large bodies of water (the great lakes) usually helps regulate the temperature and it weeds out extremes. Both the hottest and the coldest temperatures are usually measured in the middle of the continental landmasses.
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level 57
Jul 18, 2017
North Dakota was originally on both as well, but it was removed for "dubiousness". That's good research sillie. I live near a somewhat large body of water (the Long Island Sound) and it keeps us a little warmer in the winter and a little cooler in the summer.
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level 83
Jul 18, 2017
Still doesn't explain how a place called Ice Harbor, Washington ended up on the highest temperatures list.
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level 75
Jul 17, 2019
The Ice Harbour Dam is inland actually, amongst the mountains. It's a lot drier in eastern Washington, and the climate is different from the coastal rainforest.
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level 73
Jul 18, 2017
South Dakota is weird...check out Spearfish, South Dakota. Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia: Spearfish holds the world record for the fastest recorded temperature change. On January 22, 1943 at about 7:30 a.m. MST, the temperature in Spearfish was −4°F (−20°C). The Chinook wind picked up speed rapidly, and two minutes later (7:32 a.m.) the temperature was +45 °F (+7 °C) above zero. The 49 °F or 27 °C rise in two minutes set a world record that still holds. By 9:00 a.m., the temperature had risen to 54 °F (12 °C). Suddenly, the chinook died down and the temperature tumbled back to −4 °F or −20 °C. The 58 °F or 32.2 °C drop took only 27 minutes. The sudden change in temperatures caused glass windows to crack and windshields to instantly frost over.
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level 57
Jul 18, 2017
I'm actually familiar with that story! It's really crazy
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level 76
Dec 8, 2017
I'd never heard of the Chinook until I read Laura Ingalls Wilder's book _The Long Winter_. They were buried in snow one day, the Chinook began blowing in the night, and by next day they were buried in mud.
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level 75
Dec 8, 2017
Sounds fishy to me.
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level 72
Jul 6, 2018
@postwaste Sounds like you've been watching the first season of Fargo.
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level 33
Feb 2, 2018
Heck yeah! As I and from South Dakota I can say that the temperatures do very a lot, as South Dakota is on the states with the highest and lowest recorded temperatures quizzes
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level 70
Oct 17, 2017
yes - who would have thought that all that could be caused by a helicopter?
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level 53
Dec 10, 2017
Missed Alaska, lemme see what crappy excuse I can pull out...
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level 72
Jul 6, 2018
Blame Canada!
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level 58
Aug 27, 2019
“The friend zone” was my first guess. Then Alaska