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PDD Quiz: Wild Weather

“If you don’t like the weather in Duluth, wait five minutes.”

“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in Duluth.”

Even if we’ve exhausted every other topic of conversation, we always have the weather to fall back on. Weather in the Northland can be extreme, but how familiar are you with those extremes? Test your meteorological mettle with this week’s quiz!

The next PDD Quiz, reviewing March 2018 happenings, will be published on March 25. Email question suggestions to Alison Moffat at [email protected] by March 22.

Question #1: The Great Lakes Storm of 1913 was colloquially known as what?

The cyclonic blizzard was the deadliest storm in Great Lakes history, killing more than 250 people.

Question #2: Which city holds the Minnesota record for earliest snowfall?

The Duluth Airport reported a trace of snow on Aug. 31, 1949.

Question #3: True or False: The waterspout/EF-0 tornado that crossed Minnesota Point on Aug. 9, 2012 was Duluth’s first tornado.

According to the National Weather Service in Duluth, an EF-0 tornado touched down in the Duluth Heights neighborhood on May 26, 1958.

Question #4: What is the lowest recorded air temperature in Duluth?

Duluth set a record low temperature of -41 on Jan. 2, 1885.

Question #5: What is the only month in which it hasn’t snowed in Minnesota?

The latest recorded snow fell on June 4, 1935 in Mizpah (Koochiching County). The earliest recorded snow fell on Aug. 31, 1949 in Duluth.  

Question #6: What is the name of the polar bear who escaped from her enclosure at the Lake Superior Zoo during the 2012 flood?

Berlin now lives at the Kansas City Zoo.

Question #7: Which famous storm set a Duluth record for snowfall from a single storm?

36.9 inches of snow fell in Duluth during the 1991 Halloween Blizzard.

Question #8: The state record for lowest barometric pressure was set in Bigfork (Itasca County) during what kind of event?

The barometer hit 28.21 inches of mercury (955.2 millibar) on Oct. 26, 2010.

Question #9: What is the record high temperature for Duluth?

The temperature in Duluth reached 97 degrees on July 8, 1988 and July 28, 2006.

Question #10: In February of 2014, Duluth set a record for consecutive days during which the temperature dropped below zero. How many consecutive days was this?

The streak ended on Feb. 11, 2014.

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