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Northeast KELOLAND Icebox Of The Nation

January 19, 2011, 5:27 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Northeast KELOLAND Icebox Of The Nation
ABERDEEN, SD - Northeastern KELOLAND was the coldest spot in the lower 48 states Wednesday morning.

Aberdeen reached 24 degrees below and Pollock was even worse at 32 below.

When you can see exhaust from cars and people exhaling very clearly like you could in Aberdeen Wednesday, you know it's bitterly cold. But it felt worse than it looked.

"I think this comes right out of the Arctic Circle; this is some cold stuff," James Lilly said.

By the time Lilly got his snow blower out, it had warmed up in the Hub City to the teens below zero.

"Aberdeen, for some odd reason, we get colder than everybody," Lilly said.

The temps made for a cold commute to class at Northern State University. Max Myers just moved to Aberdeen from California a couple weeks ago.

ERICH SCHAFFHAUSER: How long can you take this weather?
MYERS: I don't know; we'll find out.

Wednesday’s low broke the record for coldest temperature he's experienced. Before moving to South Dakota, he hadn't experienced anything below 25 above.

And it wasn't even close to warm enough for Aberdeen kids to go outside for recess. The cut-off for that is ten degrees below, air temperature or wind chill.

"When it's this cold though, they don't seem to mind staying in. They'd rather not freeze to death," fifth grade teacher Chandra Johnson said.

Kids not complaining about staying inside the school all day probably gives just as clear a picture of the cold as the easy to see exhaust and breath around the Hub City.

"It's hard to breathe out here," Lilly said.

Lilly is proud to say he was in one of the colder cities of the lower 48 states today. But now that he can claim that, he'd be OK with a break from it.

The temperature was cold Wednesday but could have been worse. The record low in Aberdeen for that date stands at 36 below. That was set back in the 1940s.

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