Streak of Below Freezing Temperatures in the Twin Cities

There's been quite a few stretches of 31 degrees or colder in the Twin Cities that have lasted over a month. The last time there was a stretch of days that was in the top twenty longest stretches was from December 30, 2008 to January 30, 2009. The crown for "king cold" goes to the winter of 1874-75. In this winter there was a stretch of 80 days where the mercury did not reach freezing. This stretch started on December 19, 1874 and did not end until March 8, 1875. In second place with 66 days was the memorable winter of 1977-78.

 

Twin Cities Longest Streaks of Days With Maximum
Temperatures at or Below 31 degrees F
Period of Record: 1872-2015
Rank  Start                     End           Days
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1.    12/19/1874	to	03/08/1875	80
2.     2/19/1977	to	2/22/1978	66
3.    12/08/1872	to	02/05/1873	60
4.    12/24/1978	to	2/19/1979	58
5.    12/23/1882	to	02/13/1883	53
6.    12/24/1911	to	2/13/1912	52
7.      1/9/1929	to	2/25/1929	48
8.     1/16/1904	to	2/26/1904	42
       1/12/1936	to	2/22/1936	42
      12/20/1939	to	1/30/1940	42
      11/22/1983	to	1/2/1984	42
12.   12/31/1885	to	02/05/1886	37
      12/21/1886	to	01/26/1887	37
      12/24/1887	to	01/29/1888	37
      12/19/1969	to	1/24/1970	37
16.   12/22/1981	to	1/26/1982	36
17.   12/15/1880	to	01/18/1881	35
18.   12/13/1968	to	1/14/1969	33
19.    1/15/1985	to	2/15/1985	32
      11/20/1985	to	12/21/1985	32
      12/30/2008	to	1/30/2009	32
       1/18/2004	to	2/17/2004	31
Last modified: January 5, 2015

 

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