Minimum Temperatures of Zero or Colder in the Twin Cities

Minimum Temperatures of zero or colder in the Twin Cities Through Jan 31
Courtesy: Minnesota State Climatology Office

Minimum Temperatures of zero or colder in the Twin Cities Through Jan 31

The mercury dipped to zero or colder 33 times this winter by January 31, the most though January 31 since the winter of 1981-82.

How does the winter of 2013-14 stack up for counts of minimum temperatures at or below zero in the Twin Cities? As of January 31st there have been 33 minimum temperatures of zero or colder: 13 in December, and 20 in January. This is the most number of minimums below zero so early in a winter since the winter of 81-82 when the total through January 31 was 33. The most in a winter through January 31 is 44 from the winter of 1976-77. If the forecast holds, 2014 will be in a four way tie for the 13th most lows of zero or colder going back to the winter of 1872-1873. Excluding the 19th century winters, this winter would tie for 7th place, an impressive feat given the heat island of the modern Twin Cities Metro Area. The highest number of at or below zero temperatures in an entire winter is 68 for the winter of 1874-75. The last time there were over 50 minimums of zero or colder was the winter of 1974-75 with 53.


Counts of Minimum Temperatures of zero or colder in the Twin Cities through January 31.
1872-73 to 2013-14 (144 winters)


Rank count winter
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1    44    1976-1977 
2    43    1872-1873 
3    42    1886-1887 
4    41    1876-1877 
5    38    1874-1875 
6    37    1880-1881 
     37    1917-1918 
8    36    1887-1888 
     36    1977-1978 
10   34    1961-1962 
11   33    1919-1920 
     33    1981-1982
     33    2013-2014 
13   32    1882-1883 
     32    1893-1894 
     32    1978-1979