The coldest spring temperatures ever recorded in every state

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The calendar may say it’s spring, but the temperatures can tell a different story. Ruobing Su/Insider
  • This winter has been the sixth hottest on record in the US, paving the way for higher temperatures in the spring.
  • But the US hasn’t always experienced such mild temperatures. Many states have had unseasonably cold spring temperatures recorded over the last 100 years.
  • As the season quickly approaches, we’ve compiled a list of the coldest temperatures recorded by state between April and May.
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This past winter has been the sixth hottest on record in the US, and the planet just saw its second warmest February ever recorded.

But this hasn’t always been the case.

Temperatures in the US have fluctuated in the spring since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began to keep record in the late 1800s. Many states have even seen temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit from April to May.

In Alaska, the coldest spring temperature was 15.2 degrees Fahrenheit in 1985.

Using data compiled by NOAA, we’ve created a graphic of the coldest spring temperatures ever recorded from 1895 to 2019. Many of the states experienced their coldest springs in the year 1907, which was so cold that at least one newspaper called it “An Almost Unprecedented Backward Spring.”


Alaska’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 15.2 degrees Fahrenheit in 1985.

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Ketchikan Alaksa. Shutterstock

Alabama’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 49.8 degrees Fahrenheit in 1971.

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Montgomery, Alabama Shutterstock

Arkansas’ lowest recorded spring temperature was 48.6 degrees Fahrenheit in 1907.

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River at Pinnacle Mountain, Arkansas Shutterstock

Arizona’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 41 degrees Fahrenheit in 1975.

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Tucson, Arizona Shutterstock

California’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 41.2 degrees Fahrenheit in 1917.

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San Francisco, CA. Nicolas Raymond/Flickr

Colorado’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 30 degrees Fahrenheit in 1917.

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Springtime in Colorado. Flickr/mark gallagher

Connecticut’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 35.2 degrees Fahrenheit in 1907.

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Sugarloaf Mountain overlooking Connecticut River in the fall at sunset Romiana Lee/Shutterstock

Delaware’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 41.4 degrees Fahrenheit in 1907.

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Springtime in Delaware. Shutterstock

Florida’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 56.7 degrees Fahrenheit in 1901.

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Florida. Shutterstock

Georgia’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 50.8 degrees Fahrenheit in 1961.

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Savannah, GA. SeanPavonePhoto/iStock

Iowa’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 34.4 degrees Fahrenheit in 1907.

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Springtime in Iowa. AllTrails

Idaho’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 29.4 degrees Fahrenheit in 1982.

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A spring field in Idaho. Shutterstock

Illinois’ lowest recorded spring temperature was 38.5 degrees Fahrenheit in 1907.

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The Riverwalk in downtown Naperville is often called the city’s ‘crown jewel.’ f11photo/Shutterstock

Indiana’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 37.6 degrees Fahrenheit in 1907.

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Indiana farmland. Shutterstock

Kansas’ lowest recorded spring temperature was 29.1degrees Fahrenheit in 1907.

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Flowers begin to bloom in a Kansas field. Shutterstock

Kentucky’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 42 degrees Fahrenheit in 1997.

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A farmer’s market in downtown Lexington. aceshot1/Shutterstock

Louisiana’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 54.4 degrees Fahrenheit in 1931.

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A field of flowers in Louisiana. Shutterstock

Massachusetts’ lowest recorded spring temperature was 35 degrees Fahrenheit in 1907.

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Boston, Massachusetts. Shutterstock

Maryland’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 41.5 degrees Fahrenheit in 1907.

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Springtime in Maryland. John Bilous/Shutterstock

Maine’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 29 degrees Fahrenheit in 1926.

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Lobster docks with sheds on Vinalhaven Island in Maine. Education Images/Getty Images

Michigan’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 29.2 degrees Fahrenheit in 1907.

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The Grand River in Grand Rapids, Michigan melts during spring. Boundless Images/Shutterstock

Minnesota’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 27.2 degrees Fahrenheit in 1907.

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The Spoonbridge and Cherry statue at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Checubus/Shutterstock

Missouri’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 48.1 degrees Fahrenheit in 1907.

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A Missouri field in the spring. Randall Runtsch/Shutterstock

Mississippi’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 51.6 degrees Fahrenheit in 1971.

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Sunrise On A Hiking Tail Natchez Trace Parkway, Tupelo, Mississippi. Shutterstock

Montana’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 29 degrees Fahrenheit in 1909.

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Glacier National Park, Montana. Shutterstock

North Carolina’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 45.6 degrees Fahrenheit in 1997.

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North Dakota’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 26.6 degrees Fahrenheit in 1907.

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North Dakota in the spring. Carey J. Williams/ AP

Nebraska’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 33 degrees Fahrenheit in 1907.

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Spring flowers in Nebraska. Dani O’Brien/Shutterstock

New Hampshire’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 30.4 degrees Fahrenheit in 1926.

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White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire Shutterstock

New Jersey’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 38.6 degrees Fahrenheit in 1907.

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New Jersey skyline. Shutterstock

New Mexico’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 35.8 degrees Fahrenheit in 1975.

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New Mexico in the spring. Tim Pleasant/Shutterstock

Nevada’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 33 degrees Fahrenheit in 1975.

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Spring sunset in the Nevada desert with cactus flowers Shutterstock

New York’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 32.2 degrees Fahrenheit in 1926.

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New York City. Shutterstock

Ohio’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 37 degrees Fahrenheit in 1907.

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Spring flowers bloom in Cincinnati. aceshot1/Shutterstock

Oklahoma’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 46.3 degrees Fahrenheit in 1907.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Shutterstock

Oregon’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 31.6 degrees Fahrenheit in 1909.

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Mt. Hood Oregon with spring flowers. Shutterstock

Pennsylvania’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 36.2 degrees Fahrenheit in 1926.

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A hiking path in Pennsylvania during the spring. Maxine Livingston/Shutterstock

Rhode Island’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 36.2 degrees Fahrenheit in 1907.

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Rhode Island beach. Shutterstock

South Carolina’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 49.4 degrees Fahrenheit in 1997.

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Charleston, South Carolina. Flickr / Christmas w/a K

South Dakota’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 30 degrees Fahrenheit in 1907.

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Motorists ride on U.S. Interstate 90 near Sturgis, South Dakota. Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Tennessee’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 44.6 degrees Fahrenheit in 1997.

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Tennessee in the spring. Melinda Fawver/Shutterstock

Texas’ lowest recorded spring temperature was 52 degrees Fahrenheit in 1931.

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The sun setting across the mountains at Hueco Tanks in El Paso, Texas. Shutterstock

Utah’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 32.6 degrees Fahrenheit in 1975.

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Brigham City, Utah. Getty Images

Virginia’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 42 degrees Fahrenheit in 1997.

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Chesapeake, Virginia. JoMo333/Shutterstock

Vermont’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 29.6 degrees Fahrenheit in 1907.

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Spring tulips at the Vermont State House Shutterstock

Washington’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 33.8 degrees Fahrenheit in 1920.

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Washington state. Shutterstock

Wisconsin’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 29.7 degrees Fahrenheit in 1907.

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Madison, Wisconsin. Walter Bibikow/Getty Images

West Virginia’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 38.1 degrees Fahrenheit in 1997.

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West Virginia. Steve Heap/Shutterstock

Wyoming’s lowest recorded spring temperature was 26.8 degrees Fahrenheit in 1909.

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Yosemite National Park, Wyoming Shutterstock