Streaks of at or Below Zero Minimum Temperatures for the Twin Cities

For ten days in a row from February 1-10 2007, the mercury fell to zero or below on each consecutive day. While rare in recent winters, this kind of streak is fairly common in the historical record. The last time there was a stretch longer than this was in January 1999 with twelve days. The winter of 1995-96 had a streak of over two weeks' worth of zero or colder minimums with 15 days. The record is a bone chilling 36 days from January 18, 1936 to February 22, 1936.


Consecutive Days of Minimum Temperatures Zero or Below (From 1891-2007)
For Minneapolis/St. Paul

Rank Day Began            Day End          Days
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1.  1/18/1936	to	2/22/1936       36
2.  12/28/1976	to	1/19/1977       23
3.  1/11/1963	to	1/31/1963       21
4.  1/16/1966	to	2/4/1966        20
5.  01/26/1899	to	02/13/1899      19
6.  01/26/1895	to	02/11/1895      17
6.  12/31/1911	to	1/16/1912       17
8.  12/16/1924	to	12/31/1925      16
8.  12/29/1973	to	1/13/1974       16 (tie)
10. 01/06/1892	to	01/20/1892      15
10. 1/21/1905	to	2/4/1905        15 (tie)
10. 1/3/1982	to	1/17/1982       15 (tie)
10. 1/22/1996	to	2/5/1996        15 (tie)

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