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Well, we did it! Billings not only broke the record low of -12° set in 1936, we pulverized it! The official temperature yesterday morning at Logan International Airport was -23°.

This does not include the wind chill. Now, -23° is cold even by North Dakota standards however, it is not even remotely close to the coldest overnight in Billings.

For that one would need to travel back to February 15, 1936. That night Billings plunged to -38°.

If you’d like to board that train you’ll find no lack of seating. I grew up on the High-line and my husband was raised in western North Dakota.

It’s because of that fact he and I seldom complain about winter weather. He called me this morning to say, “Hon? After 16 years it (the cold) has finally caught up to me!”

As we wait for the spring thaw my husband’s eyes look eastward.

Memories of the plains of Dakota during winter. Williston’s low was only -7°.

Everybody knows any temperature below 35° drives the Oklahomans south to warmer climes.

Williston’s housing goes from “No chance” to “Slight.” Bakken anyone?

Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 16°F to 87°F and is rarely below -5°F or above 97°F.

Is this the coldest you remember?

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