Congratulations… you have survived one of the coldest weeks in Minnesota in nearly 20 years! Even though no records were broken, the metro experienced some of its coldest temperatures since the mid 90's. There are 2 events that rival this one since the year 2000, one in 2004, and another in 2009, but let's just call a spade a spade; it was cold!! Temperatures dipped into the 20's and 30's below zero area wide with wind chills 40 to 55 below. Here is where the metro sat this week.
Bottoming out on Monday with the coldest high temperature in a really long time. But like I said earlier, no records were actually broken. Here is a summary by the National Weather Service comparing highs and lows we saw to our records.
St. Cloud actually tied a record low maximum temperature Monday at -15… MSP and Eau Claire were close, but none of us actually broke that record… or any other record through this cold snap. So… it was wicked and dangerously cold, but nothing we haven't seen before. Some may also argue that the 60 hours we spent below zero was a record, but I can assure you it wasn't even close. Yes it was a long time to spend at such low numbers, but the record longest is more than triple that long set back in the 1910's. Here are the top 10 streaks…
So what did we learn from this Arctic outbreak?? Well, I learned to be grateful for the teens and 20's we typically see this time of year because it could always be worse… and the records prove that it has!