Who had the coldest temperature in the contiguous Unites States this morning? We did! Right on, Colorado, we did it again.

Earlier this morning, Colorado tied with another state for the coldest temperature in the lower 48. Who shares this honor with Colorado? You might be surprised.

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How Low Can We Go?

Let me begin by reminding you today is August 20. According to the National Weather Service, earlier today, Berthoud Pass in Colorado recorded a low temperature of 27 degrees. Brrrrrrr. I say again, 27 degrees, in August.

Who Tied With Us?

Get a load of this. The state that tied us for the lowest temp in the contiguous United States is none other than the state where I encountered 120 degree temps right about this time a few years ago. That state would be... Nevada.

Are You Drunk?

No, I'm not drunk. Seriously, the National Weather Service reports Austin, Nevada, hit a low of 27 degrees this morning.

Where is Austin, Nevada, and are They Drunk?

You'll find Austin, Nevada precisely 173 miles east of Reno on US Route 50. No, they're not drunk and making this up. At an elevation of 6,575 feet, they can encounter some funky weather.

According to weatherspark.com, in Austin, the summers are warm and mostly clear, and the winters are freezing and partly cloudy. Typically, their hottest day of the year is July 22 at 85 degrees. Their coldest day of the year is December 23, with a low of 17 and a high of 37.

Why You Might Not Have Heard of Austin, Nevada

For starters, according to Google, the town occupies and area of 1.1 square miles, boasting a population of 113. One of the economic drivers of the community would be the mining of high-quality turquoise.

Congratulations, Colorado. Is this an indication of things to come? There have been whispers of a harsh winter on the horizon. There's been talk of autumn rolling in a bit early, too. Colorado typically experiences the lowest temperature in the lower 48 a couple of times throughout the year, typically losing out to Peter Sinks, Utah. We may indeed have a harsh winter ahead.

Cool Places to Escape Colorado's Hot Temperatures

When summer temps in Colorado become unbearable, there are locations you can go to escape the heat. Most of these locations are high in the mountains, although, that doesn't mean there's nothing to do.

We've researched these locations with an average summer temperature in the mid-80s and below. That doesn't mean the temperatures won't get hotter than this, but it's a good chance you'll feel cooler and find some chill things to do.

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