Maine's Bone-Chilling -50 Sets All-Time Record

This photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey department shows the air temperature sensor at the Big Black River shelter near the Canadian Border, close to St. Pamphile, Quebec.  On Jan. 16, the U.S. Geological Survey team reported that a new record low temperature was recorded here at minus 50 degrees below zero, tying a record low for New England. (AP Photo/Nicholas Stasulis, U.S. Geological Survey)
This photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey department shows the air temperature sensor at the Big Black River shelter near the Canadian Border. A new record low temperature was recorded here at minus 50 degrees below zero. (AP Photo/Nicholas Stasulis, U.S. Geological Survey)

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a new all-time record low temperature has been recorded in the state of Maine.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s local NWS office confirms that on January 16h, while much of New England was gripped by a chilling arctic blast, a small outpost along the Big Black River near the border with Quebec charted the new record.

The old record was -48 degrees recorded in Van Buren, Maine in 1925.  Not only is this a new all-time record for the state of Maine, but for all of New England.  Not even atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire – a favorite station of meteorology enthusiasts for its extreme weather – has the mercury plummeted this low (current record: -47).

“It is exciting to be a part of this historic event.” said George Jacobson, Maine State Climatologist and Member of the State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC), the group that vetted this measurement for consideration as a new all time minimum temperature record for the State of Maine. “But the real benefit to the State is in good weather and climate data being recorded daily by the NWS, USGS and other partners in the scientific community.”

Read the official report of the new record low at the Caribou, Maine National Weather Service website.

The lowest temperature in North America — 81 below — was recorded on Feb. 3, 1947, at Snag, Yukon Territory. In the United States, the coldest reading was -80 at Prospect Creek, Alaska, on Jan. 23, 1971. And in the lower 48, the all-time cold spot is Rogers Pass, Mont., where it was minus 70 on Jan. 20, 1954, according to NOAA records.

The lowest natural temperature ever recorded on Earth was 129 below at the Russian Vostok Station in Antarctica on July 21, 1983.

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