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U.S. States With the Hottest Coldest Temperature

Can you name the U.S. states that have the HIGHEST record low temperature?
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Last updated: November 27, 2022
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State
°C
12
Hawaii
-11.1
-2
Florida
-18.9
-16
Louisiana
-26.7
-16
Georgia
-26.7
-17
Delaware
-27.2
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State
°C
-19
Mississippi
-28.3
-19
South Carolina
-28.3
-23
Texas
-30.6
-27
Alabama
-32.8
-28
Rhode Island
-33.3
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Level 59
May 8, 2022
Kind of surprised that it has never been below 15 on Mauna Kea, tbh.
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Level 68
May 9, 2022
It doesn't usually get that cold on Mauna Kea, it feels very cold because the air is very thin and you can get altitude sickness easily, but the temperature barely changes throughout the seasons on top of Mauna Kea.
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Level 87
Nov 27, 2022
Think flat coastal.
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Level 68
Nov 27, 2022
I'm very surprised by the temperature extremes in the US; even the coldest parts of Scotland have 'only' reached -27.2°C, despite being farther north than the entire contiguous US.
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Level 70
Nov 27, 2022
But much of US's surface area is far from the coast.
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Level 91
Nov 27, 2022
The biggest factor in Scotland's climate are the Gulf Stream and Jet Stream, which bring warmer water and air "that far" north.

The interior of the US, on the other hand, gets the opposite effect from the Jet Stream, which sometimes dips as far south as Texas, pulling cold arctic air down over the prairie states pushing their temperatures well below freezing.

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Level 87
Nov 28, 2022
Could probably use a bit less time. You can trial and error every state in 2 minutes pretty comfortably.
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Level 57
Dec 4, 2022
as someone who attempted this, you cannot.
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Level 83
Nov 29, 2022
Kind of amazed Florida has gotten that cold. Its highest point is only 105m above sea level, no part of it is far from the sea, and much of it is adjacent to a shallow, warm, tropical sea in the form of the Caribbean. Almost all of the state is south of 30°N. So there are none of the factors that typically permit temperatures significantly below 0°C: no elevation, no high latitude, no continentality.
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Level 56
Dec 6, 2022
Much of northern Florida doesn't benefit from ocean effect because it's not on the peninsula, so they reach freezing temperatures every year. I do agree though, -2 is extremely surprising
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Level 85
Dec 2, 2022
A bit surprised to find a New England state on this list.
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Level 50
Dec 4, 2022
Same! Though, another state on the list that's pretty close is also surprising.
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Level 63
Dec 4, 2022
Find it hard to believe that Alaska isn't amongst this list.
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Level 57
Dec 4, 2022
You've misread the question, not only would it be nowhere near the top 10 I suspect Alaska would actually be in last place.
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Level 47
Dec 5, 2022
I am pretty sure he was sarcastic!
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Level 76
Dec 4, 2022
Fun fact, Hawaii would also be number one on a list of states with the lowest record high temperature (100 degrees Farenheit)
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Level 68
Dec 5, 2022
I have also made a quiz for that list, you can take it here
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Level 47
Dec 6, 2022
I don't know if its a good thing or a bad thing that I got Rhode Island and Delaware correct, lol