Record Setting Cold -  October 8 and 9, 2000

Dozens of places in Minnesota reported record cold temperatures on the 8th and 9th this month. Two features of this cold polar air mass are most noteworthy. Firstly, the large geographic scale of this cold air was unusual for so early in the fall season. As it spread out of Canada across the Midwest, over
80 communities from several states saw low temperature records set.

The second feature was the earliness of such cold air. In Minnesota alone, the following locations reported new record cold temperatures for so early in October.....

Lamberton 16 F on the 8th
Olivia 15 F on the 8th
Pipestone 14 F on the 8th
Redwood Falls 16 F on the 8th

Mark Seeley
Professor and Extension Climatologist
Department of Soil, Water, and Climate
University of Minnesota
St Paul, MN 55108


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