That’s the coldest temperature tape-recorded in the 48 contiguous U.S. Claims Monday morning. Numerous locations in north Minnesota dipped come 30 degrees listed below zero. 2 other northern Two other locations hit negative 40 beforehand Monday.

Cotton: minus 43

Tower: minus 41

Kabetogema: minus 41

The Twin cities dipped to an unfavorable 16 Sunday morning, and an unfavorable 10 Monday morning. The makes 5 nights in ~ or below zero so far this winter season. The annual average is 23.

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Wind chilled temperature Monday afternoon.
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40 below is great for the trees

I’ve written before about why temperature of an adverse 20 to an adverse 40 are great for the woodlands in Minnesota. Insect mortality because that invasive varieties like the pine tree bark beetle is really high (over 90 percent) in ~ minus 40 and colder.

And temperatures of minus 20 deserve to kill around 70 percent that Emerald Ash Borer larvae.

Table 1. Coldest temperatures taped in largest and also smallest diameter logs offered in larval COLD hardiness OF EMERALD ASH BORER, AGRILUS PLANIPENNIS: A brand-new PERSPECTIVE Robert C. Venette1 & note Abrahamson2
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So our legendary Minnesota cold is actually a benefit to keeping our beautiful woodlands healthy.

Emerald Ash Borer.
Image: David Cappaert, Michigan State University

Expect subzero nights all week long across Minnesota. The coldest morning will likely be Saturday morning.


Forecast minimum temps Saturday

Just favor last weekend, the projection temperatures top top the map above for Saturday are most likely too conservative. Temperatures may hit -35 come -40 again through Saturday throughout northern Minnesota.

The trees expect so.

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