It's that time of year again. It's the time of year when Colorado communities frequently experience the lowest temperatures in the contiguous United States. That was the case this morning, Monday, December 13, 2021.

This is not at all uncommon during the winter months. In this case, it should come as no surprise which Colorado town had the lowest temp.

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Western Colorado Brings Home the Trophy

Congratulations, Western Colorado. We were the best at being the coldest. According to the National Weather Service, the lowest temperature in the contiguous United States for today was recorded in Gunnison. The folks in Gunnison enjoyed a toasty -8 degrees during Monday's early morning hours. Let me say that again - Gunnison had this morning's record with a temperature of negative 8.

Was This a 'One-Time Thing'?

Not at all. It just so happens Gunnison had the lowest temperature in the contiguous United States Sunday morning as well. Early Sunday, Gunnison recorded a temperature of -11.

Gunnison Doesn't Get All The Glory

Not to be outdone, the town of Crested Butte, Colorado, enjoyed the lowest temperature in the contiguous United States on Saturday, December 11, with a blistering -17 degrees.

While We're At It

The area two miles west-southwest of Grand Mesa recorded -13 early Saturday morning, December 11, 2021. At the same time, the area three miles northeast of Wagon Wheel Gap, Colorado, recorded the same -13 degrees.

Those Dastardly Dudes in Florida Were Sitting Pretty

Okay, so Colorado had the lowest temperature over the weekend. Who had the highest temp in the lower 48? That award goes to the area just four miles south-east of Sebring, Florida. They suffered through a soul-crushing 89 degrees on Sunday, December 12, 2021.

We don't have  much in the way of snow here in the Grand Valley, but at least we have miserable freezing temperatures.

Western Colorado Winters From Years Past - Bob Grant Photos

Here's a short gallery of Robert Grant photos showcasing Grand Junction and Western Colorado winters. They sure are fun. Then again, sometimes the snow and cold temperatures result in trouble.

FLASHBACK: Beauty Pageant Contestants of Western Colorado

Behold Western Colorado's "Miss Atomic Energy" and her attendants, plopped down on a filthy pile of highly toxic uranium ore. Take a trip back in time to Grand Junction of the past with these Bob Grant photos of local beauty queens and pageant contestants.

You're Never Far Away From a Snow Tubing Hill In Colorado

Snow tubing is a great winter sport because it is so much fun and it's something that families can do together. Another cool thing about tubing is the fact you don't need to buy a bunch of expensive and special gear you're only going to use one time.

Here is a look at some of the snow tubing options you'll find throughout Colorado this winter. Hopefully, you can enjoy some great Colorado fun in the snow.

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