Minnesota is (relatively) the coldest place on earth this year

By Melissa Turtinen, BringMeTheNews

We’ve all likely uttered the words “Minnesota feels like the coldest place on earth” – and this year, we were right. At least compared to what we’re used to.

Paul Huttner wrote on MPR News Updraft blog that temperatures in Minnesota are running 2 to 4 degrees cooler than average so far this year, and Minnesota and much of the Upper Midwest are the coolest places on earth relative to average temperature for the year thus far.

The map below, put together by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for its monthly State of the Climate report, shows most of the planet in red, signifying temperatures above average, while Minnesota is a dark shade of blue, showing it’s several degrees below average.

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