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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for December 21: Coldest Days on Record

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21: WINTER ARRIVES

Profile America -- Friday, December 21st.  Winter arrived this morning at 6:12 a.m., Eastern Standard Time.  While some parts of the country already have a blanket of snow, others anxiously hope for a white Christmas.  Still others have unhappy memories of recent winters and hope this one turns out to be milder.  In the continental U.S., Rogers Pass, Montana holds the record low winter temperature at 70 below zero, followed by Peter's Sink, Utah, just one degree warmer.  The absolute lowest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. was at Prospect Creek, Alaska, an unbelievable 80 degrees below.  Making residential snow blowers is part of a home and garden equipment manufacturing business worth $8.2 billion a year.  Profile America is in its 16th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources:  Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 597

               Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 391

               2007 Economic Census, NAICS 333112

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).

SOURCE  U.S. Census Bureau

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