Although winter does not officially start in the United States until December 21, people around the country have choked the winter, wind and low low temperatures. People living in the North East of Ireland are hard hit, and snow drills and canceled flights have led to many school drills.
With many climate zones, the United States can get extreme hot and cold temperatures. And while the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a warmer winter – albeit wetter – generally this year, certain areas of the country will certainly have lower temperatures than others.
Of course, states like Alaska, which have the lowest temperature ever recorded in the United States – 80 degrees below zero just north of Fairbanks in 1971 – are usually colder than states like Arizona and Florida. But temperatures vary significantly within states, even the warmer ones.
24/7 Wall St has determined the coldest town in each state by identifying those places with the lowest annual average temperatures, based on data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Many of the coldest towns are found in rural areas. Urban areas are filled with concrete and asphalt, which absorbs thermal and solar energy at much higher rates than natural landscapes and therefore often have higher temperatures than rural areas. Other factors, such as the concentration of industry and cars, help to explain why the temperature is higher in cities. This is the warmest city in every state.
A number of geographical features, including elevation, proximity of water bodies, and distance from the equator, can make one town colder than another. Similarly, these factors affect the coldest places on the planet where people live, some in North America.
Click here to see the coldest town in each state.
Click here to see our methodology.
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