Special Report

The Coldest Places in America Today

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The winter of 2021 has been an eventful one, with major winter storms hitting large parts of the country, including areas unprepared for cold and snow, such as Texas and other Southern states. Hundreds of record-breaking cold temperatures have been logged across the country. This week, temperatures across most of the country are generally within the range that could be expected for late winter.

Even when there are no major unusual weather systems at play, however, the United States is large enough that the hottest and the coldest places across the country might as well be on different continents. As of 9 a.m. on March 16, Austin, Texas reached a high of 87 degrees, more than 100 degrees hotter than some of the coldest places in the country the same day.  

To determine the coldest places in America today, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed daily minimum temperature data from weather data site El Dorado Weather. Places were ranked based on the minimum temperature over the 24 hours ending 9:00 a.m., March 16, 2021. Supplemental data on station elevation and data used to calculate average year-round temperature from 2011 to 2020 came from the Global Historical Climate Network (Version 4) of the National Centers for Environmental Information of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

In parts of Alaska, the temperature is not just below freezing, it is well below zero degrees Fahrenheit. In Fort Yukon, which is located in the interior part of the state just north of the Arctic Circle, the temperature nearly reached 30 F below zero in the last 24 hours. The majority of the 15 places on this list are in Alaska, although a handful can be found in New England. Click here to see the coldest town in every state

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15. Burlington, Vermont
> Minimum temperature, Mar 16: 8.1 F
> Weather station: Burlington International Airport
> Weather station elevation: 101m above sea level
> Avg. year-round temperature: 48.1 F

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14 (tied). Aniak, Alaska
> Minimum temperature, Mar 16: 3.9 F
> Weather station: Aniak Airport
> Weather station elevation: 26m above sea level
> Avg. year-round temperature: 29.4 F

14 (tied). Dillingham, Alaska
> Minimum temperature, Mar 16: 3.9 F
> Weather station: Dillingham Airport
> Weather station elevation: N/A
> Avg. year-round temperature: N/A

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12. King Salmon, Alaska
> Minimum temperature, Mar 16: 3.0 F
> Weather station: King Salmon Airport
> Weather station elevation: 19m above sea level
> Avg. year-round temperature: 38.0 F

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11. Caribou, Maine
> Minimum temperature, Mar 16: -0.9 F
> Weather station: Caribou Municipal Airport
> Weather station elevation: 190m above sea level
> Avg. year-round temperature: 41.2 F

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10. Nome, Alaska
> Minimum temperature, Mar 16: -2.0 F
> Weather station: Nome Airport
> Weather station elevation: 04m above sea level
> Avg. year-round temperature: 29.3 F

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9. McGrath, Alaska
> Minimum temperature, Mar 16: -2.9 F
> Weather station: McGrath Airport
> Weather station elevation: 102m above sea level
> Avg. year-round temperature: 30.0 F

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8. Kotzebue, Alaska
> Minimum temperature, Mar 16: -4.0 F
> Weather station: Ralph Wien Memorial Airport
> Weather station elevation: 09m above sea level
> Avg. year-round temperature: 26.4 F

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7. Talkeetna, Alaska
> Minimum temperature, Mar 16: -5.1 F
> Weather station: Talkeetna Airport
> Weather station elevation: 107m above sea level
> Avg. year-round temperature: 36.8 F

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6. Fort Greely, Alaska
> Minimum temperature, Mar 16: -6.0 F
> Weather station: Allen Army Airfield
> Weather station elevation: 389m above sea level
> Avg. year-round temperature: 30.7 F

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5. Gulkana, Alaska
> Minimum temperature, Mar 16: -9.0 F
> Weather station: Gulkana Airport
> Weather station elevation: 476m above sea level
> Avg. year-round temperature: 29.2 F

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4. Fairbanks, Alaska
> Minimum temperature, Mar 16: -20.0 F
> Weather station: Fairbanks International Airport
> Weather station elevation: 132m above sea level
> Avg. year-round temperature: 29.2 F

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3. Mount Washington, New Hampshire
> Minimum temperature, Mar 16: -25.6 F
> Weather station: Mount Washington
> Weather station elevation: 1,910m above sea level
> Avg. year-round temperature: 28.5 F

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2. Bettles, Alaska
> Minimum temperature, Mar 16: -26.0 F
> Weather station: Bettles Airport
> Weather station elevation: 196m above sea level
> Avg. year-round temperature: 24.7 F

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1. Fort Yukon, Alaska
> Minimum temperature, Mar 16: -29.9 F
> Weather station: Fort Yukon Airport
> Weather station elevation: 134m above sea level
> Avg. year-round temperature: 20.6 F

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