Winter Recap of 2013-14

The Polar Vortex: January 2014
The Polar Vortex: January 2014
Courtesy: National Climate Data Center


There were many note-worthy parts of the winter of 2013-14. There were 53 nights of at or below zero temperatures in the Twin Cities. This tied for 5th place for the number of times the mercury dipped at or below zero in the Twin Cities for winters going back to 1872-73. International Falls had 92 at or below zero readings, tied 1977-78 as the most ever.

Another measure was the extremely cold wind chill temperatures. A generation of elementary and high school children will not forget January, 2014. This was the month that had five days of school canceled due to the cold wind chills in the Twin Cities. The coldest wind chill temperature was -48 at the Twin Cities on January 6th and for the state it was -63 degrees at the Grand Marais Airport.

The meteorological winter (December-February) wound up being the ninth coldest on record in the Twin Cities going back to 1872-73. The winter of 2013-2014 will be one to compare for many years in the future.

Last modified: December 23, 2014


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