Maine's bone-numbing minus-50 sets state record

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - When it comes to cold weather, Mainers have something new to brag about.

Scientists say a minus-50 reading in northwestern Maine last month was accurate, making it the coldest temperature ever recorded in the state.

It beats Maine's old record of 48 below zero set in 1925, and ties the record for coldest temperature recorded in New England. That reading was made in 1933 in Bloomfield, Vt.

Maine's minus-50 reading was made on Jan. 16 at a remote site along the Big Black River near the Quebec border as the region was in the grip of a blast of arctic air.

The reading was confirmed by scientists from three agencies on Tuesday.

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