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Photos: Ten lowest Denver temperatures in December -- and where today's -15 lands

At 5:53 a.m. this morning, according to the National Weather Service, the air temperature in Denver sank to -15 Fahrenheit. No denying that's an incredibly bone-chilling number. But if you think it's an all-time low for Denver in December, think again. The number actually ties the record for this date, and barely makes it into the top ten for coldest December days in December according to NWS data.

Look below to see our photo-illustrated countdown of the coldest temperatures ever recorded in Denver during December.

Number 10:

December 7, 2005, December 11, 1932, December 17, 1909: -13

Number 9:

December 8, 1919: -14

Continue to keep counting down the ten lowest Denver temperatures recorded in December. Number 8:

December 5, 1972, December 25, 1876, December 29, 1983, December 5, 2013: -15

Number 7:

December 20, 1990: -16

Continue to keep counting down the ten lowest Denver temperatures recorded in December. Number 6:

December 6, 1972, December 23, 1990: -17

Number 5:

December 10, 1972, December 14, 2008: -18

Continue to keep counting down the ten lowest Denver temperatures recorded in December. Number 4:

December 31, 1900, December 15, 2008: -19

Number 3:

December 9, 1919: -20

Continue to keep counting down the ten lowest Denver temperatures recorded in December. Number 2:

December 21, 1990: -21

Number 1:

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December 22, 1990, and December 24,1876: -25

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