Minnesota is known across the nation for a few different things – The Wild, The Vikings, Bob Dylan, Prince, and the inordinate amount of beer we consume. Something else that we’re famous (or infamous) for is our unbearably cold winter temperatures.

As someone who was raised in the warm temperatures of Kentucky, I happen to find northern winters absolutely intolerable. In southern states it is unheard of for temperatures to drop under 5 degrees (something that regularly happens here four months out of the entire year.)

But some winters are worse than others for us. There are times when the coldest it gets is 15 below, and other times when it is 40 below colder. This begs the question – just what is the coldest temperature ever recorded in Minnesota? Unsurprisingly – the coldest recorded temp is 60 degrees below 0 (February 2nd, 1996.) I love Minnesota, but I could do without that kind of cold.