The coldest temperature recorded on Earth using a thermometer was -89.2C (-128.6F) at Vostok Station, in Antarctica, back in 1983. However, my colleagues at the National Snow and Ice Data Center believe they found a temperature of -93.2C (-135.8F) near Dome Fuji (Antarctica) using the Landsat 8 satellite. There is a hope to establish an Automatic Weather Station (AWS) at this location to record the temperature at 2m above the ground.
The warmest temperature ever recorded at South Pole was -12C (9F) – it is always cold at the South Pole! South Pole station sits at an elevation of 2,835m (9,300ft) which adds to the cold and the annual average temperature there is about -49C (-56F).
|Lars and Doug installing equipment on a cold and windy day. Ten minutes later Lars came back into the hut saying that his eyelids had almost frozen shut.|
Outside our instrument hut, Zodiac Camp, the still air temperature fell below -40 C/F (which is the same temperature in both Celsius and Fahrenheit) this WINFLY season. However, if you add a small bit of wind in such conditions, the “Wind Chill” temperature makes the cold feel all the more serious.
|The NOAA Windchill chart, with temperatures in Fahrenheit. Some basic conversions to Celsius: 0C=32F, -18C=0F, -40C=-40F.|
|A cold day at Zodiac Camp. At the start of the day exposed skin would be subject to frostbite within 10 minutes.|
For the Australian’s reading this, the coldest temperature recorded in Australia was -23C (-9.4F), at Charlotte’s Pass in the Snowy Mountains on June 29th, 1994.
The coldest temperature recorded in the United States was -52C (-62F), at Prospect Creek in Alaska, January 23rd, 1971. For Boulder, Colorado, the temperature once dropped to -36C (-33F) on January 17, 1930.
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