How Cold Can You Go?

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Yesterday it was bitterly cold in Pasadena…it got down to 41 degrees F!  I mean really!  (now you know the reason for the equipment…let the flaming posts start!)

But even as I was freezing (cue the flaming trebuchet launchers!), I wondered where was it actually cold.  Having grown up in Colorado I have experienced some very cold temperatures.  My family once had to leave a hotel we were staying at near Gunnison Colorado because the water heater supplying the radiators to heat the rooms froze.  No matter how many blankets you had it was cold!

But where is the coldest spot on Earth?

With remote-sensing satellites, scientists have found the coldest places on Earth, just off a ridge in the East Antarctic Plateau. The coldest of the cold temperatures dropped to minus 135.8 F (minus 93.2 C) -- several degrees colder than the previous record. Image Credit: Ted Scambos, National Snow and Ice Data Center.  Credit: Ted Scambos, National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Turns out, not surprisingly, it is in Antarctica, where the temperature was a balmy minus 136 F (minus 93.2 C).

This is so cold that regular thermometers that use mercury or alcohol would freeze.  That’s pretty awesome if you think about it.

So as I was suffering through my one day of freezing temperatures, it of course will be around 80 degrees F this weekend (whoa, that was a close one, I almost got burned), I am just glad that I don’t have to try and survive in those temperatures.

– Ex astris, scientia –

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