Gorebal Warming

50-below zero sets record for Maine


AUGUSTA, Maine — When it comes to cold weather, Mainers have a new reason to brag.

Scientists have determined that a minus-50 reading in northwestern Maine last month was accurate, making it the coldest temperature recorded in the state.

The frigid Fahrenheit reading was recorded Jan. 16 at a remote data-collecting station in Big Black River, about four miles from the Canadian border. The temperature ties the record set in 1933 in Bloomfield, Vt., for New England’s lowest temperature in roughly a century of record keeping and reflects the actual air temperature, not the wind-chill factor.

It also beats Maine’s old record of 48 below zero set in 1925.


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