In 1936, North Dakota Plunged Into An Arctic Freeze That Makes This Year’s Winter Look Downright Mild

This winter has already been a pretty crazy one here in the Peace Garden State. From record-breaking snowstorms in October to temperatures already in the single digits in November, it’s a bit taxing to think about the rest of the winter ahead. This includes what are usually the harshest months of the season, January and February. While we have yet to see what the rest of the season has in store for us, it probably isn’t going to come anywhere near the coldest winter on record in North Dakota. We’re going to go back to 1936 and look at a winter that’ll make this one seem downright mild.

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All of the images above are frames from a home film shot in North Dakota just after a snowstorm during that February. You can see just how much snow there was, but you can only imagine how bitter cold it felt. The video was uploaded by TwoWheelsFreeHeels onto Youtube and you can view it below:

In the video, you can see spectators were gathered around to watch a snowplow ram the massive snow wall to clear a road. And – of course – near the end you can see how North Dakotans not only survive winters like this, but totally embrace them with some fun!

What is the coldest temperatures you have ever experienced in North Dakota? There has been some insane winters over the years in this state, you can read about many more here.