20 Year anniversary of Minnesota's coldest temperature

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On this Groundhog Day 2016, it seems quite appropriate to mark some kind of weather anniversary. It seems that holidays mark some sort of crazy weather event here in Minnesota! The Halloween Blizzard and the Armistice Day Blizzard are just a few of these historical timestamps. Now, add one more stamp to your weather book as Groundhog Day marks the coldest temperature ever recorded in the State of Minnesota. The mercury fell to an astonishing 60 degrees below zero on February 2, 1996 in Tower, MN. Here in the metro the low bottomed out at -32° and that was the last time we saw a -30° of colder ever since. For the record, the record low temperature for the metro is -34° set on January 22, 1936. Check out the slide show above to see more on Minnesota’s lowest temperature record and the coldest temperature records from the other 49 states. Also, click on this link from the Minnesota DNR http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/journal/960202_60_below.html  for more information on that very cold day back in 1996.