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It probably felt a little more like mid-January than mid-November when you stepped outside last week. 

The phrase "arctic blast," along with the news that around 170 cold-weather records could fall across the U.S. as temperatures plunged into the low teens and single digits, are hardly something to cheer about this early in the season. And you'd hope that we'll get paid back for this early winter with an early spring next year.

But the weather doesn't care about our feelings. 

It was all made possible by an air mass that formed over the Arctic and swooped south over much of the U.S., leaving even those in the southern states shivering. 

"It's been a while since we've had this type of air mass so early in the fall season," said Scott Cultice, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Green Bay. 

It has happened, he said. But it's been a while. So long, in fact, that some of the 17 records that fell in Wisconsin were last set in the early 20th century. 

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Three different kinds of state records were broken during the cold snap last week: first, the record low temperature for the day, measured in the morning, and second, the record high temperature for the day, measured in the afternoon.  

Third, we also broke a few "record low maximums" — set when the high temperature for the entire day is the lowest high temperature ever recorded for that date. 

"You really have to have a pretty cold air mass for those record low maxes to be beat," Cultice said. 

Here's our list of Wisconsin's broken (and tied) cold-weather records. 

Monday, Nov. 11: 

Appleton tied for its lowest high, with a recorded temperature of 21 degrees. It was last recorded in 1986. 

Marshfield broke its record for lowest high, with a recorded temperature of 19 degrees. It was last set at 21 degrees in 1950. 

Oshkosh tied for its lowest high, with a recorded temperature of 23 degrees. It was last recorded in 1986. 

Rhinelander broke its record for lowest high, with a recorded temperature of 17 degrees. It was last set at 18 degrees in 1920. 

Sturgeon Bay broke its record for lowest high, with a recorded temperature of 24 degrees. It was last set at 26 degrees in 1986. 

Wisconsin Rapids broke its record for lowest high, with a recorded temperature of 21 degrees. It was last set at 22 degrees in 1950. 

Tuesday, Nov. 12 

Antigo broke its record for lowest low, with a recorded temperature of 1 degree. It was last set at 2 degrees in 1986. 

Manitowoc broke its record for lowest low, with a recorded temperature of 8 degrees. It was last set at 11 degrees in 1986. 

Manitowoc also broke its record low maximum, with a recorded high temperature of 29 degrees. It was last set at 23 degrees in 1995.

Oshkosh broke its record for lowest low, with a recorded temperature of 5 degrees. It was last set at 8 degrees in 1911. 

And Oshkosh broke its record low maximum, with a recorded high temperature of 18 degrees. It was last set at 20 degrees in 1940.

Wausau tied for its lowest low, with a recorded temperature of 2 degrees. It was last recorded in 1986. 

Milwaukee broke its record for lowest high, with a recorded temperature of 19 degrees. It was last set at 23 degrees in 1940. 

Milwaukee also tied for its lowest low, with a recorded temperature of 9 degrees. It was last recorded in 1986. 

Marshfield broke its record low maximum, with a recorded high temperature of 16 degrees. It was last set at 17 degrees in 1986. 

Stevens Point tied for its record low maximum, with a recorded high temperature of 19 degrees. It was last recorded in 1920. 

Wisconsin Rapids set its record low maximum, with a recorded high temperature of 18 degrees. It was last set at 20 degrees in 1920. 

Contact Madeline Heim at 920-996-7266 or mheim@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter at @madeline_heim. 

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