Brrrr! -135.8°F Measured at Earth's New Coldest Spot

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:23 PM GMT on December 10, 2013

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I’m in San Francisco this week for the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the world’s largest climate science conference. Over five thousand of the world’s top climate scientists are here, giving a staggering 10,000 talks and poster presentations. It’s total information overload, and I will only be able to offer this week but a small sampling of the incredible amount of science being presented here.

What is the coldest place in the world? It is a high ridge above 13,000 feet in Antarctica on the East Antarctic Plateau where temperatures in several hollows can dip below minus 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 92.2 degrees Celsius) on a clear winter night, announced polar scientist Ted Scambos of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, at a Monday press conference at the AGU conference. The official world cold record of minus 128.6 F (minus 89.2 C), set in 1983 at the Russian Vostok Research Station in East Antarctica will remain intact, though, since official records have to be measured by ground-based instruments. How cold is -135.8°F? That’s so cold that it would hurt to breathe, said Dr. Scambos in an AP interview. That’s also well below the -109°F temperature that dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide) begins to sublimate into gaseous carbon dioxide. But don’t get your hopes up that we can use the newly-found record cold spot to take CO2 out of the air and solve global warming—you need a temperature of -220°F (-140°C) to freeze CO2 out the air into dry ice “snow” at the concentrations that CO2 exists at in our atmosphere (about 398 ppm.) Still, it is an intriguing concept to build giant refrigerators in Antarctica to do just that—something that has been proposed by Purdue climate scientist Ernest Agee, in a research paper titled, CO2 Snow Deposition in Antarctica to Curtail Anthropogenic Global Warming, published earlier this year in the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology .


Figure 1. 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.


Video 1. The coldest place on earth. Data from NASA-USGS Landsat 8 satellite, and NASA's MODIS sensor on the Aqua satellite. Image Credit:  NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center


Figure 2. In this spectacular photo from Antarctica taken by a NASA scientist on November 24, 2013, we see a lenticular cloud over a pressure ridge in the Antarctic sea ice. Lenticular clouds are a type of wave cloud. They usually form when a layer of air near the surface encounters a topographic barrier, gets pushed upward, and flows over it as a series of atmospheric gravity waves. Lenticular clouds form at the crest of the waves, where the air is coolest and water vapor is most likely to condense into cloud droplets. The bulging sea ice in the foreground is a pressure ridge, which formed when separate ice floes collided and piled up on each other. Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory.

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Quoting 379. pcola57:


Please don't insult me or my intelligence..
I did not say "EVER"..
You did..
Lets keep it clean Scott..
Not looking for a fight..
EVER.. :)


Don't insult mine either
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Quoting 381. StormTrackerScott:


What intelligence?


Look..
Personal attacks are forbidden on WU..
Stop attacking me..
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Quoting 379. pcola57:


Please don't insult me or my intelligence..
I did not say "EVER"..
You did..
Lets keep it clean Scott..
Not looking for a fight..
EVER.. :)
Quoting 379. pcola57:


Please don't insult me or my intelligence..
I did not say "EVER"..
You did..
Lets keep it clean Scott..
Not looking for a fight..
EVER.. :)


What intelligence?
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SUNDAY NIGHT IN CHICAGO, MAY BE AS COLD AS IT GETS THIS EARLY

Temps on the ECWMF are forecasted to 10 to 15 below 0 in Chicago Sunday night.. The coldest its been before Dec 16 is -14
Left Sun night lows Middle chicagoland inset right Mon night
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Quoting 378. StormTrackerScott:


For this early in December that is some of the coldest air ever. Geesh! Boneheads some are on here.


Please don't insult me or my intelligence..
I did not say "EVER"..
You did..
Lets keep it clean Scott..
Not looking for a fight..
EVER.. :)
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Quoting 375. pcola57:




For this early in December that is some of the coldest air ever. Geesh! Boneheads some are on here.
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Quoting 376. PalmBeachWeather:
Thanks everyone...You guys helped me not to make a mistake by buying a chromebook ....Thanks


I think the XBox would be a great choice..
My daughter of 19 swears by it..
Me..
I don't have a clue but trust her word.. :)
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Thanks everyone...You guys helped me not to make a mistake by buying a chromebook ....Thanks
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Quoting 373. StormTrackerScott:


Hence the wording "Some of the coldest air" in my post.


Quoting 368. StormTrackerScott:
Chicago and many areas across the Midwest get ready for some of the coldest air ever in December across the Midwest come this Late this week.


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Here are what the temps have been officially at Orlando International the first 10 days of December. Incredible!

75
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However the Euro is showing temps rising to near 60 in Chicago in 10 days then turning brutally cold by Christmas.

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Here is the forecast for Thursday:
Tomorrow (Thursday): Behind the overnight cold front, daytime winds from the northwest continue to bring in colder and drier air. The result is an even colder day than today, with highs probably only in the mid-to-upper 20s, and wind chills in the teens thanks to 10-20 mph winds. Skies should be partly to mostly sunny, but when it’s this cold that won’t make much of a difference.
Quoting 362. PalmBeachWeather:
He also said he wanted an XBox One... No way I am spending $500 for a game player. Whatever happened to the days of Slinkys, Barbie Dolls, Easy Bake Ovens, Magic 8 Ball, Silly Putty, Etch-A-Sketch, Chatty Cathy, etc
Kids just don't like using their imaginations these days :(.Now my sons want nothing but tablets and games.My daughter has grown out Christmas gifts for the most part.Clothes and some cash will do for her.
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Quoting 366. Tazmanian:




Games don't cost $500 there. $59 per game. The xbox one is the one that cost $500


You could get him a ps4 wish only cost $399 but if he wants a game he can pay for the game
You are right Taz... Thanks. I corrected it and made it a game player.
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Chicago and many areas across the Midwest get ready for some of the coldest air ever in December across the Midwest come this Late this week.

Damm!!
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367. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
looks like a computer with at least 8G of random-access memory (RAM) is minimal requirement for a good gaming computer.
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Quoting 362. PalmBeachWeather:
He also said he wanted an XBox One... No way I am spending $500 for a game. Whatever happened to the days of Slinkys, Barbie Dolls, Easy Bake Ovens, Magic 8 Ball, Silly Putty, Etch-A-Sketch, Chatty Cathy, etc




Games don't cost $500 there. $59 per game. The xbox one is the one that cost $500


You could get him a ps4 wish only cost $399 but if he wants a game he can pay for the game
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Euro is showing a lot of rain across N FL this weekend. While C & S FL endure temps 85 to 90 this weekend.



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Quoting 362. PalmBeachWeather:
He also said he wanted an XBox One... No way I am spending $500 for a game. Whatever happened to the days of Slinkys, Barbie Dolls, Easy Bake Ovens, Magic 8 Ball, Silly Putty, Etch-A-Sketch, Chatty Cathy, etc


Yeah, I was happy with my Hot Wheels track and a few new cars.
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GFS in 5 days with cold air plunging down into Texas.
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He also said he wanted an XBox One... No way I am spending $500 for a game player. Whatever happened to the days of Slinkys, Barbie Dolls, Easy Bake Ovens, Magic 8 Ball, Silly Putty, Etch-A-Sketch, Chatty Cathy, etc
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big snow storm coming for the northeast this weekend maybe one feet of snow or more!
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Quoting 353. PalmBeachWeather:
For all of my computer guru friends.... I was thinking of getting a computer for my grandson for Christmas. He loves playing online games and occasionally printing. Question- Are those chromebooks a good choice for his needs?
I got my daughter a HP laptop for 250 and it's just as good as a 1000 dollar one.
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Quoting 357. HadesGodWyvern:
If I remember those are not gaming computers.
Thanks Hades...Maybe I should just get a cheaper laptop.. He spends most of his time playing games.
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Quoting 357. HadesGodWyvern:
If I remember those are not gaming computers.


Alienware is really good for gaming... but no one wants to spend $1000 to get one. :P
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357. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
If I remember those are not gaming computers.
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Quoting 352. Skyepony:
MADI is gaining convection.



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355. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
India Meteorological Department
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #40
DEEP DEPRESSION, FORMER TC MADI (BOB08-2013)
14:30 PM IST December 11 2013
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At 9:00 AM UTC, the deep depression over west central Bay of Bengal moved slightly southwestward and now lays center near 13.3N 83.3E, about 400 km southeast of Machillipatnam, 340 km east northeast of Chennai and 570 km north northeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka).

It would move further southwestwards and weaken into depression during next 6 hours.
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Quoting 353. PalmBeachWeather:
For all of my computer guru friends.... I was thinking of getting a computer for my grandson for Christmas. He loves playing online games and occasionally printing. Question- Are those chromebooks a good choice for his needs?


No. Haven't you seen that commercial about them? xD

Ask someone other than me.. I use whatever I find. :P
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For all of my computer guru friends.... I was thinking of getting a computer for my grandson for Christmas. He loves playing online games and occasionally printing. Question- Are those chromebooks a good choice for his needs?
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352. Skyepony (Mod)
MADI is gaining convection.

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Quoting 350. Sfloridacat5:


I constantly get them and it slows everything down.


"Internet explorer blocked this website from displaying content with security certificate errors."

Annoying, indeed.
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Quoting 338. LargoFl:
DOC..why am I getting a Security Issues warning on this site??


I constantly get them and it slows everything down.
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Quoting 348. GeoffreyWPB:
For West Palm Beach...:(

Hard to believe the temps here in December.
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For West Palm Beach...:(

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Quoting 342. GatorWX:


Seems pretty relative, :) I see our temps up here in Charlotte County dip way down to 56 next Wed, high of, wait for it, 75. I got a pretty decent sunburn yesterday fishing. Also lost a 300 rod/reel combo. Finished off with a fun Christmas party, so not a totally bad day.

Good morning to you all!

This map has looked essentially the same for days now.



Sounds fun.
Definately still shorts and T shirt weather.
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Hello, everyone. Our area is recovering from the Sizeable 9.5 inches of snow that fell in 2 days here.

It is calling for 2-6 more inches in MD this weekend... We will see how it holds up.
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Quoting 332. PensacolaDoug:


For post 207 (Removed)

It was quoted in 211 which is still up.
LOL
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Quoting 307. ProgressivePulse:
Cast's line into the water



Any takers?


Some of the models have been developing this area in the NW Caribbean. If anything an increase in tropical moisture across the FL Penisula this weekend.
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Quoting 307. ProgressivePulse:
Cast's line into the water



Any takers?


Don't count on it :)
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Quoting 333. Sfloridacat5:
Do I see cold air 7 days from now? Well 78 degrees would be a cool down for us.
Fort Myers 7 day forecast


Seems pretty relative, :) I see our temps up here in Charlotte County dip way down to 56 next Wed, high of, wait for it, 75. I got a pretty decent sunburn yesterday fishing. Also lost a 300 rod/reel combo. Finished off with a fun Christmas party, so not a totally bad day.

Good morning to you all!

This map has looked essentially the same for days now.

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I'm not getting any. No warnings here.
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wow check out Sunday..
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DOC..why am I getting a Security Issues warning on this site??
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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
731 AM EST WED DEC 11 2013

DCZ001-MDZ003>007-009>011-013-014-016>018-501-502 -VAZ025>031-
036>040-042-050>057-501>504-WVZ050>053-055-501>50 6-111500-
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA-WASHINGTON-FREDERICK MD-CARROLL-
NORTHERN BALTIMORE-HARFORD-MONTGOMERY-HOWARD-SOUTHERN BALTIMORE-
PRINCE GEORGES-ANNE ARUNDEL-CHARLES-ST. MARYS-CALVERT-
EXTREME WESTERN ALLEGANY-CENTRAL AND EASTERN ALLEGANY-AUGUSTA-
ROCKINGHAM-SHENANDOAH-FREDERICK VA-PAGE-WARREN-CLARKE-NELSON-
ALBEMARLE-GREENE-MADISON-RAPPAHANNOCK-LOUDOUN-ORA NGE-CULPEPER-
PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK-FAIRFAX-
ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA-STAFFORD-SPOTSYLVANIA-
KING GEORGE-NORTHERN FAUQUIER-SOUTHERN FAUQUIER-WESTERN HIGHLAND-
EASTERN HIGHLAND-HAMPSHIRE-MORGAN-BERKELEY-JEFFERSON-HARDY -
WESTERN GRANT-EASTERN GRANT-WESTERN MINERAL-EASTERN MINERAL-
WESTERN PENDLETON-EASTERN PENDLETON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WASHINGTON...HAGERSTOWN...FREDERICK...
WESTMINSTER...GAITHERSBURG...COLUMBIA...BALTIMORE ...ANNAPOLIS...
WALDORF...ST MARYS CITY...FROSTBURG...CUMBERLAND...STAUNTON...
WAYNESBORO...HARRISONBURG...WINCHESTER...FRONT ROYAL...
CHARLOTTESVILLE...LEESBURG...CULPEPER...MANASSAS. ..
MANASSAS PARK...FAIRFAX...ALEXANDRIA...FALLS CHURCH...
FREDERICKSBURG...WARRENTON...HIGHTOWN...MONTEREY. ..MARTINSBURG...
CHARLES TOWN...MOOREFIELD...BAYARD...MOUNT STORM...PETERSBURG...
ELK GARDEN...KEYSER...FORT ASHBY...CIRCLEVILLE...FRANKLIN
731 AM EST WED DEC 11 2013

...ICY SPOTS THIS MORNING...

WITH TEMPERATURES BELOW FREEZING THIS MORNING...ANY SURFACES THAT
WERE PREVIOUSLY WET OR SLUSHY TUESDAY HAVE FROZEN. THIS HAS
RESULTED IN ICY SPOTS. BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS FOR BLACK ICE WHEN
TRAVELING ON SECONDARY ROADS...BRIDGES...OVERPASSES AND OTHER
UNTREATED SURFACES.

$$
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Quoting 326. PensacolaDoug:

US Air Force Band stages its 1st ever flash mob!
Way cool.
Link


This'll make your day. It's at the National Air and Space Museum.
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the stronger cold front comes sun night-monday..
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Quoting 333. Sfloridacat5:
Do I see cold air 7 days from now? Well 78 degrees would be a cool down for us.
Fort Myers 7 day forecast
good morning,yes it looks like the record heat is just about gone now,in a day or so,back to cooler normal temps at last huh..starting to feel more like Christmas lol...
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Do I see cold air 7 days from now? Well 78 degrees would be a cool down for us.
It's also only rained twice in 7 weeks at my location in Fort Myers.
Fort Myers 7 day forecast
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