GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - It certainly feels like this winter has been colder than most. But there are several ways too put that into context.
Let's consider the average temperature first: 10.9 degrees is the average temperature for the winter season so far. That's about 7 degrees below normal. If it ended today we would be the 13th coldest winter on record.
Second, let's look at the number of days with a low temperature of zero or lower. Typically that number is 23 days. But this year it's 27 and the season is only halfway over! So we are ahead of the game there. Back in 2009 there were 36 days with a sub-zero low temperature. We could surpass that number this year.
Finally, we can consider the coldest temperature of the season. So far this year its 23 below. That was our low on Monday January 6th. The average coldest temp of the season is -18 degrees, so from this view again, we are colder than average.
So even though we haven't broken any cold temperature records, and it's not the coldest year in decades that doesn't mean it hasn't been cold.