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Old 09-24-2008, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Mahtomedi, MN
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What is the coldest it ever gets?
Record low for Minneapolis is -41 F
Record low for the state is -60 F
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Old 09-24-2008, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Record low for Minneapolis is -41 F
Record low for the state is -60 F
While true, temperatures below -20 F are relatively rare in the Twin Cities. I suspect that it doesn't even get that cold once during some winter seasons.

On the flip side, occasionally a year will have a stretch in January where the temp will remain below 0 degrees F for several days. I guess in 1936 the temp was below zero on 36 consecutive days. Salt on the roads doesn't work very well in those conditions (it might as well be sand).

Here are some interesting Twin Cities weather tidbits:

http://climate.umn.edu/doc/twin_cities/alltimet.htm
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Old 09-24-2008, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Kamloops, BC
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Zero F is still fairly cold...
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Old 09-25-2008, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Zero F is still fairly cold...
Yes, it is. If you've been in -20 F for a while, though, 0 F *will* feel warmer, and 30 F will feel like tee shirt weather.

We don't see temps like that here in Atlanta at all (well, the all-time record low here is -8 F or something, I guess, but it only got down to around 15 degrees F this past winter).
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Old 09-25-2008, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Mahtomedi, MN
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While true, temperatures below -20 F are relatively rare in the Twin Cities. I suspect that it doesn't even get that cold once during some winter seasons.

On the flip side, occasionally a year will have a stretch in January where the temp will remain below 0 degrees F for several days. I guess in 1936 the temp was below zero on 36 consecutive days. Salt on the roads doesn't work very well in those conditions (it might as well be sand).

Here are some interesting Twin Cities weather tidbits:

Reference Temp and Precip Variations
Seems we get a strech of cold weather every year between late december and middle of Feb. Never know exactly when it is comming or how long it will stick around. Prety sure last year we were down to -18 or so for at least 3 or 4 days. I remember it because I did have to plug in my truck to get it running. I would agree that -20 is fairly rare in Minneapolis, but almost every year we get down to -10 for a least a couple days.

15 degrees is the majic temp where I need to grab the hat and gloves if I am going to be outside more than a 14-20 minutes.

Back to the original topic. Unless you have a big v8, block heaters are really needed down to -20 or so. Fuel injection has been pretty much standard since early 90's so unless your car is at least 15 years old, or has big motor, or you run a diesel, you are good.
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Old 09-27-2008, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Kamloops, BC
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So if your car has a diesel engine, you need a block heater?
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Old 09-28-2008, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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So if your car has a diesel engine, you need a block heater?
Nope. You have glowplugs.
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Old 09-28-2008, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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Nope. You have glowplugs.
Yes, there are glowplugs, but my experience is that with a diesel you want the heater if you are parking outside overnight.
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