Coldest City in the U.S.

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    Mar 29, 2011 11:43 PM GMT
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    The major US city that ranks as the coldest in the country depends upon what aspect of temperature you're measuring.

    If coldest is measured as the lowest that the temperature has ever dropped to, then Denver, Colorado is the coldest city in the United States. Denver has recorded the lowest temperature of any large American city, at -30 °F. With an average 156 days a year when the thermometer registers below 32 °F, Denver also gets a lot more freezing weather than any other big US city.

    On the other hand, if what you rank is lowest average yearly temperature, then Milwaukee, Wisconsin tops the list as America's coldest city. The daily temperature in Milwaukee averages 47.5 °F over the year, which is several degrees colder than Denver and a few other large cities.

    No matter how you consider cold though, Milwaukee, Denver and Chicago always show up among the five most frigid of the 40 largest cities in the United States.

    The tables below list major cities in the US ranked for lowest record temperature, lowest average annual temperature and most days a year below freezing

    Major cities included in these weather rankings are all the cities in the United States with over 440,000 people on July 1, 2006, according to the US Census Bureau's estimates.

    The tables also include Minneapolis, Minnesota. Although as a city, it has fewer than 440,000 residents, Minneapolis and St Paul form a major metropolitan area that has unusually cold winters.

    Lowest Temperatures
    Large US cities where temperatures have dropped to -15 °F (-26 °C) or less: City Lowest °F

    Minneapolis, Minnesota -34
    Denver, Colorado -30
    Chicago, Illinois -27
    Indianapolis, Indiana -27
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin -26
    Kansas City, Missouri -23
    Louisville, Kentucky -22
    Columbus, Ohio -22
    Detroit, Michigan -21
    Cleveland, Ohio -20
    Albuquerque, New Mexico -17
    Nashville, Tennessee -17
    New York, New York -15

    Coolest Weather
    Large cities in America with a normal daily mean temperature for the year that's below 55 °F (12.8 °C): City °F Daily Average

    Minneapolis, Minnesota 45.4
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin 47.5
    Chicago, Illinois 49.1
    Cleveland, Ohio 49.6
    Detroit, Michigan 49.7
    Denver, Colorado 50.1
    Boston, Massachusetts 51.6
    Indianapolis, Indiana 52.5
    Columbus, Ohio 52.9
    Seattle, Washington 52.9
    Portland, Oregon 53.5
    Kansas City, Missouri 54.2
    Baltimore, Maryland 54.6
    New York, New York 54.6

    Major US cities that have freezing temperatures, of 32 °F or less, on 100 or more days each year, on average: City Days Freezing
    per Year

    Denver, Colorado 156
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 153
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin 135
    Detroit, Michigan 131
    Chicago, Illinois 129
    Cleveland, Ohio 120
    Columbus, Ohio 114
    Indianapolis, Indiana 113
    Albuquerque, New Mexico 110
    Kansas City, Missouri 108
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    Mar 29, 2011 11:53 PM GMT
    God, this is the most boring thread EVA! on RJ! ...and that says a lot.
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    Mar 30, 2011 12:13 AM GMT
    Fargo, North Dakota and its surrounding communities is now numbering close to 200k. How come it didn't make your list? And it was even colder.
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    Mar 30, 2011 12:28 AM GMT
    This report says it included only major cities over 440,000. But temps will be warming here somewhat by Saturday to 48, so it is getting warmer.
  • Webster666

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    Mar 30, 2011 1:03 AM GMT
    International Falls, MN is regularly named as the coldest place in the country.
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    Mar 30, 2011 1:14 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidInternational Falls, MN is regularly named as the coldest place in the country.


    It's beautiful in the summer there, but only about 5,000 people live there and population there has declined since 2,000. I see the average household income is only about $29,000, so it is also a very poor area.
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    Mar 30, 2011 2:12 AM GMT
    -34 isn't too bad until you've felt -60 or -70. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Mar 30, 2011 2:32 AM GMT
    Caslon18000 saidGod, this is the most boring thread EVA! on RJ! ...and that says a lot.


    LOL. Caslon be nice.
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    Mar 30, 2011 2:40 AM GMT
    Oh. I thought this thread was going to be about which city had the most heartless men.
  • trl_

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    Mar 30, 2011 2:42 AM GMT
    http://www.currentresults.com/Weather-Extremes/US/sunniest-cities.php

    Denver's also one of the sunniest cities, surprise surprise
  • cityguy39

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    Mar 30, 2011 2:57 AM GMT
    So do you mean weather or attitudeicon_wink.gif
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    Mar 30, 2011 3:09 AM GMT
    well the coldest temp recorded in my province is -55 Celsius, so call it -70F, and i lived through it. with the record for North America occuring in the Yukon at -81 F.