WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21: WINTER ARRIVES
Profile America — Tuesday, December 21st. Winter officially begins today at 6:38 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. While some parts of the country already have a blanket of snow, others anxiously hope for a white Christmas. Among continental U.S. cities, Bismarck, North Dakota holds the record low winter temperature at 44 below zero, followed by Great Falls, Montana, just one degree warmer. The absolute coldest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. was at Prospect Creek, Alaska, an unbelievable 80 degrees below. To put a different perspective on the word "lowest," the record low temperature in Honolulu, Hawaii was a bone chilling 53 degrees. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 610
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 380, 377
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office 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