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Forum News Service, Published April 20 2013

Record low temps set in Minnesota

DULUTH – After the storm that ended Friday dropped 2 feet of snow on parts of northeastern Minnesota, the region saw record low temperatures Saturday morning.

Embarrass reported a low of 14 degrees below zero Saturday. According to Minnesota’s State Climatology Office, that’s the lowest temperature ever reported in the state for April 20; the previous record was zero, at Cloquet in 1928.

And beyond that, the climatology office reported that Embarrass’ low temperature was the lowest temperature ever reported in the state in the second half of April.

Dean Melde, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Duluth, said clear skies, light winds, a cold air mass moving in behind the storm and the fresh, deep snowpack combined to help temperatures fall to record levels.

Elsewhere in the region, Duluth International Airport recorded a low of 11 degrees Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. That broke the city’s record for April 20, which had been 14 degrees, set in 1928.

International Falls also set a record low temperature for April 20 with a low of 4 above zero. The old record was 18 above, set in 1966.

And to the south, the Twin Cities fell to 21 degrees Saturday morning, breaking a 125-year-old record for the date. The old record was 26 degrees, set in 1888.