The winter can bring extreme cold to the United States, with cold arctic air and winter storms. When asked to name the coldest state in the U.S., Alaska comes to mind of course. Here are the 10 coldest cities in the United States, based on annual average temperatures, measured in degree Fahrenheit.
10 Coldest Cities in U.S.--
1. Fairbanks, AK, averages 26.7 F (-2.9 C)
2. Anchorage, AK, averages 36.2 F (2.3 C)
3. Gunnison, CO, averages 37.3 F (2.9 C)
4. International Falls, MN, averages 37.4 F (3 C)
5. Duluth, MN, averages 39.1 F (3.9 C)
6. Caribou, ME, averages 39.2 F (4 C)
7. Butte, MT, averages 39.5 F (4.2 C)
8. Sault. Ste. Marie, MI, averages 40.1 F (4.5 C)
9. Grand Forks, ND, averages 40.3 F (4.6 C)
10. Alamosa, CO, averages 40.8 F (4.9 C)
The coldest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. did, however, occur in Alaska. In January of 1971, Prospect Creek, Alaska recorded a minimum temperature of -80 F (-62.2 C). The coldest temperature recorded in the continental states, happened in Embarrass, Minnesota at -64 degrees F (-53.3 C). This temperature was recorded in February 1996, verified for accuracy by Taylor Environmental Instruments.
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Response last updated by gtho4 on Oct 12 2016.
Aug 24 2008, 5:08 PM