Brrring in the new year: Minnesota cold by the numbers


There are only so many ways to report that it is cold in Minnesota this week. Perhaps the best way at this point is with a few numbers:

Minus-43 – The temperature in Embarrass Tuesday morning, perhaps the coldest temperature in the state this winter season, according to MPR's Paul Huttner. It was the coldest spot in the nation Tuesday morning, the Star Tribune reported. Even the Los Angeles Times, which noted that L.A. would start the year in the 70s, took note of the cold in Minnesota.

Minus-41 – The wind chill temperature in Bemidji Tuesday night.

Minus-11 – The temperature expected for Wednesday morning in the metro, the coldest New Year's Day morning since 1993, according to WCCO.

Minus-9 – The high temperature forecasted for Hallock in northwestern Minnesota on Wednesday.

1 – The number of Decembers on record that have been colder than December 2013 was in International Falls, WCCO says.

19 – Finally, the good news ... a forecasted high near 20 for the Twin Cities by Saturday.

A wind chill advisory remains in effect for much of the state through noon Wednesday.

Here are a few more numbers – a glance at temperatures around the state as Minnesota ushers in 2014:

Twin Cities – Wednesday: high 0, low -9. Thursday: high 0, low -8.

Ely – Wednesday: high -8, low -33. Thursday: high -5, low -18.

Hallock – Wednesday: high -12, low -30. Thursday: high -8, low -8

Worthington – Wednesday: high -1, low -17; Thursday: high -1, low -5

From the National Weather Service,, which says this will be among the top 10 coldest New Year's Days ever:

Next Up

Danielle Hunter

And just like that, the Vikings defense appears fully loaded

The defensive line will likely have four entirely new starters from last year.

Pixabay - black bear

Why conditions in Minnesota are ripe for more bear-human conflicts

A one-two punch of a May frost and dry spell could lead to a natural food shortage.

Minnesota Public Radio MPR

MPR News shakes up its radio schedule, will launch new shows

The changes involve popular hosts Cathy Wurzer, Kerri Miller and Angela Davis.

Wikimedia Commons - Maplewood Mall exterior

Owner of 2 Twin Cities malls files bankruptcy

The group cited the "significant challenges" posed by the pandemic.

blue-green algae mpca

Heat wave leads to early reports of blue-green algae on some Minnesota lakes

The August-like weather could mean a green summer on local lakes.

light rail

Pandemic still significantly impacting Metro Transit ridership

Transit officials said there are signs ridership is slowly rebounding.

Screen Shot 2021-06-15 at 9.06.25 AM

Multi-vehicle crash involving Metro Mobility bus in Andover

One person was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.


Delta variant circulating in Minnesota, health officials urge vaccination

"The unvaccinated are still at risk for the virus – and it has a way of finding the unvaccinated."

delta note plane

Minnesota pilot's pre-pandemic note found on parked plane 435 days later

The pilot thought the plane would only be in storage for two weeks. He was wrong.

Screen Shot 2021-06-15 at 7.12.44 AM

Former KARE 11 reporter claims on live TV that Fox Corp. is 'muzzling her'

She says she'll be leaking audio via Project Veritas, a right-wing activist organization that targets media organizations using sting operations.