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Mount Carroll Sets Possible State Record with -38 Temperature

A town in the Illinois portion of our listening area may have set a new state record for cold on Thursday. According to the National Weather Service office in the Quad Cities, Mount Carroll recorded a low temperature Thursday morning of -38. If confirmed, that would break the record for the coldest temperature in Illinois state history. For now, the temperature is considered “unofficial.” It will have to be reviewed by the state Climate Extremes Committee. That’s a process that can take up to two weeks. The current record for lowest temperature in Illinois is -36. The town of Congerville, which sits between Peoria and Bloomington, dropped that low in early January of 1999. If Mount Carroll takes over the record, it would be the second Tri-State area community to hold its state’s record low temperature. Elkader owns the Iowa mark, with a -47 reading from early February of 1996.

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