Weather Channel: Minneapolis is America's coldest major city

JAY BOLLER | Updated 1/14/2014

According to 30-year averages of the 100 most populous cities in the United States, we're the most frigid.

This is home.
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It's not just lonely at the top - it's also really, really cold.

To the surprise of no one who lives here, Minneapolis recently ranked No. 1 on the Weather Channel's list of America's 20 coldest major cities. We just edged out Anchorage, Alaska, the place by the North Pole where hero sled dogs save entire towns.

The data used to determine the rankings came from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center's 30-year averages of the 100 most populous cities in the United States, using temps from December, January and February.

The average wintertime temp in Minneapolis? 18.7 degrees. Also of note: On average, subzero readings occur 24-25 days per year, while subfreezing temps occur 151 days per year. The coldest date on record is Jan. 21, 1888, when the temperature dive-bombed to -41 degrees.

So let's all feel pride. Or stupidity. Or nothing at all, because you're probably numb.