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Parts of North Dakota and Montana Went Eight Consecutive Days With Subzero Cold to Start February
Published: February 11, 2019
Many locations east of the Rockies saw temperatures trend milder after the polar-vortex driven cold outbreak in late-January, but one region of the country has remained in a deep freeze.
Temperatures in parts of the Dakotas and Montana have been frigid through the first 10 days of February, with subzero cold persisting for nearly 200 hours, or more than 8 days, in some locations.
Minot, North Dakota, endured a stretch of eight days with temperatures below zero, from 6 a.m. CST on Feb. 3 to late Monday morning when it finally hit 0 degrees.
Although that's impressive, the week-plus stretch of extreme cold still falls well short of the city's record for consecutive days below zero. Minot went 15 days straight with subzero temperatures in February 1936.
The long-lived bout of subzero cold does rank among some of the longest streaks in Minot's weather records dating to 1905. Only 16 other streaks of below-zero temperatures have lasted 8 days or longer in the city, according to data from NOAA Regional Climate Centers.
Crosby, North Dakota, had seen temperatures below zero for more than 200 hours, or more than eight days, as of Monday morning. That places it among just 17 other streaks of subzero cold 8 days or longer there dating to 1907. It's well short of the record 17 days in a row in February 1936.
That same 1936 cold outbreak gave several locations in North Dakota 20 or more consecutive days of subzero cold, according to the National Weather Service in Bismarck. Carrington led the way with 37 days in a row below zero from Jan. 15 into Feb. 20, 1936.
Parts of Montana have also endured a lengthy bout of temperatures below zero.
Glasgow, which is about an hour drive south of the Canadian border in northeast Montana, hit zero degrees early Monday for the first time since early Feb. 3. Only 10 other times has there been a stretch of subzero cold 8 days or longer there in records dating to 1893, according to NOAA Regional Climate Centers.
The cold weather likely won't loosen its grip in the northern Plains as has we deeper into the month of February. NOAA's 6- to 10-day temperature outlook says there is a high likelihood of temperatures remaining below average in that region of the country as well as parts of the Midwest and Northwest.
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