Colorado spot drops to -29 degrees, more than 100 degrees below national high

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On Wednesday, officials reported that Antero Reservoir dropped to a chilling low of -29 degrees. This was just one degree off of the coldest reported national temperature (-30 near Seagull Lake in Minnesota) and 118 degrees below the national high of 89 degrees, which occurred at Falcon Lake in Texas.

Editor’s Note: ‘National temperatures’ include the contiguous United States.

While this seems quite chilly, cold temperatures are common in the Antero Reservoir area. In December, the spot hit -50, with the coldest temperature ever recorded at the reservoir being -54 in January of 1962. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Colorado happened in February of 1985 in Maybell, when the town reached -61.