New cold record in Antarctica

AntarcticaAntarctica.Photo: Tore Meek / NTB scanpix

US scientists have noted a new global cold record in Antarctica, where temperatures were measured at minus 98.6 degrees (C) on the ice.


The old record was set in 1983 and that was minus 89.2 degrees (C). That measurement was taken at the Russian research station Vostok, not far from the geomagnetic south pole in Antarctica.

While the temperature in 1983 was measured at 2 meters altitude, the new measurements were made using satellites that detect the temperature of the ice surface.

Researchers at the University of Colorado have measured the temperature at Vostok Station for years, and from 2004 to 2016 more than 150 records of temperatures below 90 degrees were made.

The coldest was July 23, 2004 when 98.6 degrees was measured on the ice northwest of the research station, located on a 3800 meter high plateau.

The researchers estimate that at minus 98 degrees on the ice, is about minus 94 degrees at a person’s height.

The coldest inhabited place on earth is the village of Ojmajkon in Siberia, where it was measured minus 67.7 degrees on 6 February 1933.

The coldest recorded temperatures in Norway were in Karasjok New Year’s Day 1886, with minus 51.4 degrees (C) was


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