Embarrass is known for its frigid temperatures and can claim the rights to the moniker as "the cold spot" in the state. It is not unusual to see temperatures around -30°F to -45°F many mornings before the sun comes up during the winter months. The unofficial low temperature set on February 2, 1996, was -64°F. Although it may be hard to believe that this can be "normal", it is. It is, also, normal to get killing frosts during the summer months. Consequently, Embarrass residents find it challanging to grow vegetables or beautiful flowers. Theories have been postulated explaining the extreme temperatures.
These theories include Embarrass' location, landforms, and geology. Embarrass is located in the Embarrass River Valley. The Vermilion Range borders the northern end, and the Laurentian Divide borders the southern end and moraines are found at right angles to this valley. Gravity and these natural barriers causes the cold air to sink. The type of soil may additionally influence the temperatures. Embarrass is frequently colder than anywhere else in the state.
Embarrass residents know that the cold weather is coming and prepare for it. When time is spent outdoors, common sense generally prevails. The winters seem long and rugged. The harshness is offset by the breath-taking beauty of the bright white snow glistening on the landscape. Thoughts of spring and summer gives hope of warmer temperatures and help residents to endure the winter months.
"The Cold Spot"
Embarrass has claimed rights to be called the "cold spot" due to the extreme cold temperatures that can be reached during the winter months.
The all-time unofficial low temperature was reached on February 2, 1996 at -64°F. More recently, Embarrass reached -54°F on January 17, 2005.
Although the cold prevails during the winter months, it is not unusual for it to continue during the summer months too. Many killing frosts have occurred during the middle of the summer making it challenging for gardeners to reap their rewards of a profitable harvest.
Despite the cold, Embarrass is located in a beautiful part of northern Minnesota. The change of seasons bring all types of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed by all who want to participate.