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Old 10-14-2011, 10:53 PM
 
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Default Is Duluth, the coldest city in USA?

My guess is so, with possibly fargo, ND as being colder. It is cold isn't it in Duluth? Thanks for your thoughts.
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:57 PM
 
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Looking at the climate data, I would guess International Falls is colder. But it depends upon what you call a city.
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Eastern SD
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basic map

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_q8MDB0S2aQ...thmic-ex-2.jpg

extreme NE MN and the western UP of michigan would have the most intolerable weather for me.. brutal winters and not so warm summers. At least it gets somewhat warm in eastern North Dakota, but I'd still find the winters intolerable. They are bad enough here, and yes, very few parts of the country get down to -10F and colder air temps for long periods of time.

Everyone adapts to the area they are in or so it's said. I have not adapted to 0F and colder temps, and probably never will... I was raised in WI along lake michigan, and those temps were just not all that common. People there still complained about the winters though, even though by comparison it's fairly warm in eastern WI, though still admittedly below that threashold of 50 degrees which I find tolerable that places like Rapid City and areas with chinook winds get.

I can see why people would like the bitter cold.. it's very peaceful in a way, and the snow not melting along with long dark nights can bring on a certain attractive atmosphere. I'd still rather have my -20F nights broken up with some nice chinook winds though.
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Old 10-15-2011, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Minnesota, USA
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It depends what you consider a "city", and if you are only counting the contiguous 48 states. Anchorage, Alaska is the coldest city Duluth's size or greater in the US with an average temperature of 37.1F; however, their average low in January is nearly 10F above that of Duluth (11.1F vs. 1.5F), with Anchorage being colder in the summer. Fairbanks is the coldest "city" of considerable size in the U.S. with an average temperature of 27.7F. Duluth, however, takes home the prize for cities within the contiguous U.S. of its class or larger:

AVERAGE ANNUAL TEMPERATURES - BASED ON 1981-2010 DATA
(from http://ggweather.com/normals/MN.html )

Duluth International Airport: 39.7F

Bemidji: 38.7F
Brainerd: 42.4F
Cloquet: 40.7F
Grand Marais: 38.9F
Grand Rapids: 40.6F
Hibbing: 37.6F
International Falls: 37.5F
Lutsen: 36.6F
Moorhead: 42.6F
Orr: 36.3F
Roseau: 38.0F
Thief River Falls: 40.0F
Tower: 37.0F
Two Harbors: 41.4F
Walker: 41.1F
Warroad: 38.3F

Bismarck: 42.4F
Dickinson: 41.9F
Fargo: 42.4F
Grand Forks: 40.0F
Jamestown: 41.5F
Williston: 41.6F

Ashland: 41.1F
Bayfield: 41.9F
Park Falls: 40.8F
Rhinelander: 41.7F
Superior: 41.3F

Hougton: 40.5F
Ironwood: 40.1F
Ishpeming: 41.4F
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Old 10-16-2011, 08:59 AM
 
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Feburay 2 1996 the record low tempreture was recorded in Tower at -60F the coldest day on record in Minnestoa.

Im still waiting for -61F in my lifetime Cold is Cold
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Old 10-17-2011, 02:46 PM
 
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Stockwiz, I lived in Brookings for 7-months and thought the climate was a bit worse due to the winds coming off the plains.
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:55 AM
 
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No, it just feels like it is

Officially International Falls is the coldest town in the US altho Leadville in Colorado keeps on trying to get that designation from them
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Old 10-20-2011, 10:49 PM
 
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Minot, ND can get much colder than International Falls, MN. (actual temperature)
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Old 10-21-2011, 07:58 AM
 
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international falls mn
1. -55F
, January 6, 1909
2. -54F, January 7, 1909
3. -50F, January 11, 1909
4. -48F, February 8, 1909
T5. -46F, January 21, 2011 and January 6, 1968

now Minot ND,
NWS Bismarck, ND Climate Normals/Extremes


Frost bite falls is colder.



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Minot, ND can get much colder than International Falls, MN. (actual temperature)
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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international falls mn
1. -55F, January 6, 1909
2. -54F, January 7, 1909
3. -50F, January 11, 1909
4. -48F, February 8, 1909
T5. -46F, January 21, 2011 and January 6, 1968

now Minot ND,
NWS Bismarck, ND Climate Normals/Extremes


Frost bite falls is colder.
Just sayin' it don't make it so. It's a well known fact to most Minnesotans that Tower, MN is colder than balmy International Falls. Tower's record low of -60 (Feb 2nd, 1996) puts International Falls paltry number to shame and has relegated IF to barely a mention whenever coldest spots in the nation are reported throughout the winter. International Falls should stick to making hockey sticks and leave the cold weather to the big boys.
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