Terry’s Take: The coldest temperature on earth

Posted on: 10:38 pm, December 10, 2013, by

Terry Swails Weather Blog

Feeling chilly? Tired of the sub-zero cold and bitter wind chills of the past week? Well cheer up, it could always be worse! Take Antarctica for example. Newly analyzed data from East Antarctica indicates the remote part of the world has set a record for soul-crushing cold.

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The record is minus 135.8 Fahrenheit (minus 93.2 Celsius). That’s more than 130 degrees colder than the -4 we hit Monday in the Quad Cities!

After reviewing NASA Satellite data, scientists revealed that Earth set a new record for coldest temperature recorded. It happened in August 2010 when it hit –135.8 F (–93.2 C). Then on July 31 of this year, it came close again: –135.3 F (–92.9 C).

The old record had been –128.6 F (–89.2 C).

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Ice scientist Ted Scambos at the National Snow and Ice Data Center announced the cold facts at the American Geophysical Union scientific meeting in San Francisco Monday.

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“It’s more like you’d see on Mars on a nice summer day in the poles,” Scambos said, from the American Geophysical Union scientific meeting in San Francisco Monday, where he announced the data. “I’m confident that these pockets are the coldest places on Earth.”

Who am I to argue! As always, roll weather!

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