Where will it be the coldest this February? Certain parts of the United States are famous for producing biting cold weather. The type of weather that can freeze your pipes and make you not want to go outside! In this article, we’ll be exploring five states where temperatures reach incredible lows. Just reading about these states will make you want to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and a warm blanket!
What parts of the United States are the most frigid? Read on to learn about the five coldest states in February.
North Dakota is one of the coldest states in February, with an average temperature of 19.8° F in Fargo. And it gets colder. The average low temperature is 5.2° F.
North Dakota has a population of 779,261 residents. The state is also home to bison, moose, whitetail deer, ferrets, elk, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and more! These animals enjoy year-round temperatures ranging from 37° F to 43° F towards the south.
Climate Extremes: North Dakota’s Coldest Temperature
The coldest temperature recorded in North Dakota was -60° F on February 15th, 1936. The bone-chilling temperature took place in Parshall, North Dakota.
North Dakota also has records of wind chills reaching below 63° F at Grand forks. On January 22nd, 1936, North Dakota may have experienced its coldest wind chill, a freezing negative 73° F.
The average temperature in Alaska ranges from 12° F to 26° F. It’s not until the middle of the summer that Alaska’s cold temperatures warm up a bit.
During the summertime, Alaska temperatures peak around 60° F, making things nice and cozy. But the winter is another story. November to March marks the Alaskan winter, and February is one of the chilliest months.
An estimated 736,556 people live in Alaska and endure these cold winters. Along with the human population, Alaska is also home to an impressive array of wildlife. People come from around the world to see Alaska’s most caribou, humpback whales, gray whales, bears, and more!
Climate Extremes: Alaska’s Coldest Temperature
The coldest temperature ever in Alaska was negative 79.8° F on January 23rd, 1971, at Prospect Creek. In 1954, a February temperature reached negative 70° F.
In February, the average Minnesota temperature ranges from 9° F all the way up to 34° F. Sometimes temperatures can go below 7° F, but it’s less common. It’s also uncommon for the temperatures to exceed 48° F during February.
Year-round Minnesota experiences a range of temperatures from 12° F in the middle of winter to 74° F during the middle of summertime.
Minnesota has a population of around 5.7 million. The state is also home to woodchucks, muskrats, weasels, raccoons, porcupines, black bears, elk, coyotes, bobcats, and more. All of these critters are experts at surviving the chilly winters.
Climate Extremes: Minnesota’s Coldest Temperature
Minnesota’s coldest temperature recorded was -60° F on February 2nd, 1996. This climate extreme took place on the east of the Mississippi river.
In February, the average Wyoming temperature ranges from 24° F to 58° F. It’s rare for the temperatures to go below 24° F or to rise above 58° F.
Instead, February temperatures tend to stick right around 40° F with the occasional 45° F day. Year-round, things can get a lot warmer! Wyoming experiences summer temperatures that can rise to 86° F. In extreme situations, the summer weather can reach a tropical 94° F. Once winter rolls around, things get very cold, windy, and snowy.
How many people have to survive these harsh winters? Wyoming has an estimated population of 581,381, which is continuing to grow. The state is also home to mountain lions, bald eagles, grizzly bears, wild horses, elk, and more.
Climate Extremes: Wyoming’s Coldest Temperature
The coldest temperature in Wyoming was -66° F on February 9th, 1933, at Yellowstone park. During the cold winter months, it’s not unusual for parts of Wyoming to experience over 5 inches of snowfall.
Last on our list of the coldest states, we have Maine. During February, Maine’s average temperature is 20° F. The lows are around 14° F, with highs at 52° F.
Maine is famous for having particularly cold and snowy winters, with the summers being more wet and cloudy. Caribou is one of the coldest cities, with an average winter low of 4° F.
There are a lot of individuals who are experts at riding out these low temperatures. The population of Maine is estimated to be 1,385,340 people. Wildlife in this state includes popular animals such as moose, black bears, lynxes, and more. The state also has nine species of non-venomous snakes.
Climate Extremes: Maine’s Coldest Temperature
Maine’s coldest temperature on record was -50° F on January 16th, 2009. This staggering temperature took place right at the Canadian border near the western part of the state. New Hampshire and Vermont have also experienced -50° during the winter weather.
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