Thursday, December 12, 2013 (All day)

Coldest place on Earth discovered

US: Newly analysed data from East Antarctica says the remote region has set a record for soul-crushing cold. The record is minus 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 94.7 Celsius).

A new look at NASA satellite data revealed that Earth set a new record for the coldest temperature recorded. It happened in August 2010 when it hit -135.8 degrees Fahrenheit (-94.7 Celsius). Then on July 31 of this year, it came close again: -135.3 degrees Fahrenheit (-92.9 Celsius).

The old record had been -128.6 degrees Fahrenheit (-89.2 Celsius).

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 on Monday.

“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 where he announced the data. “I’m confident that these pockets are the coldest places on Earth.”

However, it won’t be in the Guinness Book of World Records because these were satellite measured, not from thermometers, Scambos said.

“Thank God, I don’t know how exactly it feels,” Scambos said. But he said scientists do routinely make naked 100 degree below zero Fahrenheit (73 degree below zero Celsius) dashes outside in the South Pole as a stunt, so people can survive that temperature for about three minutes.

Most of the time researchers need to breathe through a snorkel that brings air into the coat through a sleeve and warms it up “so you don’t inhale by accident” the cold air, Scambos said. - HINDUSTAN TIMES

The World’s Coldest Places

Here are the top most coldest places on earth. These are places where official temperatures are recorded.

Location - Lowest Temperature

1. Vostok, Antartica - 89.2 °C -138.6 °F
2. Plateau Station, Antartica - 84.0 -129.2
3. Oymyakon, Russia - 71.1 -96.0
4. Verkhoyansk, Russia - 67.7 -90.0
5. Northice, Greenland - 66.0 -87.0
6. Eismitte, Greenland - 64.9 -85.0
7. Snag, Yukon, Canada - 63.0 -81.4
8. Prospect Creek, Alaska, USA - 62.1 -79.8
9. Fort Selkirk, Yukon, Canada - 58.9 -74.0
10. Rogers Pass, Montana, USA - 56.5 -69.7 


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