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Record Lowest Temperatures by State

If you think winter's been unusually harsh lately, check out these frigid temperatures! Below is a list of the lowest recorded temperatures in each state.

State Temp.
°F  
Temp.
°C
Date Station Elevation
in feet
Alabama –27 –33 Jan. 30, 1966 New Market 760
Alaska –80 –62 Jan. 23, 1971 Prospect Creek Camp1,100
Arizona –40 –40 Jan. 7, 1971 Hawley Lake 8,180
Arkansas –29 –34 Feb. 13, 1905 Pond 1,250
California –45 –43 Jan. 20, 1937 Boca 5,532
Colorado –61 –52 Feb. 1, 1985 Maybell 5,920
Connecticut –32 –36 Jan. 22, 19611 Coventry480
Delaware –17 –27 Jan. 17, 1893 Millsboro 20
D.C. –15 –26 Feb. 11, 1899 Washington 410
Florida –2 –19 Feb. 13, 1899 Tallahassee 193
Georgia –17 –27 Jan. 27, 1940 CCC Camp F-16 est. 1,000
Hawaii 12–11May 17, 1979Mauna Kea 13,770
Idaho –60 –51 Jan. 18, 1943 Island Park Dam 6,285
Illinois –36–38Jan. 5, 1999Congerville635
Indiana –36 –38 Jan. 19, 1994 New Whiteland 785
Iowa –47 –44 Feb. 3, 19961 Elkader770
Kansas –40 –40 Feb. 13, 1905 Lebanon 1,812
Kentucky –37–38 Jan. 19, 1994Shelbyville730
Louisiana –16 –27 Feb. 13, 1899 Minden 194
Maine –50 –45 Jan. 16, 2009 Big Black River770
Maryland –40 –40 Jan. 13, 1912 Oakland 2,461
Massachusetts –35 –37 Jan. 12, 1981 Chester 640
Michigan –51 –46 Feb. 9, 1934 Vanderbilt 785
Minnesota –60–51 Feb. 2, 1996Tower1,460
Mississippi –19 –28 Jan. 30, 1966 Corinth 420
Missouri –40 –40 Feb. 13, 1905 Warsaw 700
Montana –70 –57 Jan. 20, 1954 Rogers Pass 5,470
Nebraska –47 –44 Dec. 22, 19891 Oshkosh3,379
Nevada –50 –46 Jan. 8, 1937 San Jacinto 5,200
New Hampshire –47 –44Jan. 29, 1934Mt. Washington6,262
New Jersey –34 –37 Jan. 5, 1904 River Vale 70
New Mexico –50 –46 Feb. 1, 1951 Gavilan 7,350
New York –52 –47 Feb. 18, 19791 Old Forge 1,720
North Carolina –34 –37 Jan. 21, 1985 Mt. Mitchell 6,525
North Dakota –60 –51 Feb. 15, 1936 Parshall 1,929
Ohio –39 –39 Feb. 10, 1899 Milligan 800
Oklahoma –27 –33 Jan. 18, 19301 Watts 958
Oregon –54 –48 Feb. 10, 19331 Seneca 4,700
Pennsylvania –42 –41 Jan. 5, 1904 Smethport est. 1,500
Rhode Island –25–32Feb. 5, 1996Greene425
South Carolina –19 –28 Jan. 21, 1985Caesars Head 3,115
South Dakota –58 –50 Feb. 17, 1936 McIntosh 2,277
Tennessee –32 –36 Dec. 30, 1917 Mountain City 2,471
Texas –23 –31 Feb. 8, 19331 Seminole 3,275
Utah –69 –56 Feb. 1, 1985 Peter's Sink 8,092
Vermont –50 –46 Dec. 30, 1933 Bloomfield 915
Virginia –30 –34 Jan. 22, 1985 Mountain Lake 3,870
Washington –48 –44 Dec. 30, 1968 Mazama & Winthrop 2,120; 1,765
West Virginia –37 –38 Dec. 30, 1917 Lewisburg 2,200
Wisconsin –55 –48 Feb. 4, 1996Couderay1,300
Wyoming –66 –54 Feb. 9, 1933 Riverside R.S.6,500
1. Also on earlier dates at the same or other places.
Source: National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, N.C., and Storm Phillips, STORMFAX, INC.

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