Think It’s Cold Here? Check Out This Low

WASHINGTON (December 9, 2013) A new look at NASA satellite data shows that Earth set a record for the lowest temperature ever recorded in August 2010 in East Antarctica, where the mercury dropped to minus 135.8 degrees, so cold that scientists say it hurts to breathe.

The temperature dropped on July 31 in the same place to 135.3 degrees.

Ice scientist Ted Scambos at the National Snow and Ice Data Center said the record low temperature is about 50 degrees colder than anything in Alaska.

Scambos announced the cold facts at the American Geophysical Union scientific meeting Monday in San Francisco.


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