Minus 44 degrees in Bismarck, ND

Here is what happened to a hot cup of coffee at -44 degrees Fahrenheit at the Bismarck Forecast Office. Picture taken by Karl Venneberg at 7:30 a.m. CST, January 15, 2009.

January 15, 2009

January 15, 2009

A record low temperature of -44 was set at the Bismarck National Weather Service office today. This cold temperature is only 1 degree from the all time low of -45 which occurred January 13, 1916 and again February 16, 1936. This picture is an example of hot water being evaporated in cold air. This is actually a cup of coffee (with creamer) being tossed into the air at -44 degrees.


  1. Emily McKay says:

    I wish I would have tried this at home with my cup of coffee!

  2. Great picture. Have you got a video of it or is it too cold to be out for that long?

  3. I didn’t see video of this, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some somewhere.

    It’s not so much the videographer who isn’t tough enough to get video… many times, the camera doesn’t like to work when it’s so cold! 🙂

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