New research finds the world's coldest temperature

New research finds the world's coldest temperature
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POSTED: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 12:28pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 1:08pm

For centuries, thermometers have been used to measure temperature around the world. Thomas Jefferson even recorded weather observations during the first 14 days of July in 1776-- the days surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

           Image credit: Massachusetts Historical Society 

In recent years, along with thermometers, scientist have been able to use temperature-sensing satellites to measure temperature from space. Since a thermometer can only be placed in locations where people can actually put them, the use of satellites helps scientists measure the cold or warmth from anywhere on earth. 

In a new report from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, researchers found satellite information recorded temperatures of -135.8 degrees Fahrenheit in a secluded section of Antarctica on August 10, 2010; 7.2 degrees colder than any thermometer has ever recorded.

The lowest temperature of 2013 was near the cold-record by less than a degree. On July 31, 2013, temperatures plummeted to -135.3 degrees Fahrenheit.

          Image Credit: Ted Scambos, National Snow and Ice Data Center  

The coldest temperature measured by a standard thermometer remains -128.6 degrees Fahrenheit-- set in Vostok, Antarctica on July 21, 1983. However, researchers have discovered satellites are a better way of measuring temperature across deserted areas, and are able to find more accurate temperature readings these days. 

The coldest temperature ever recorded in Baton Rouge is 2 degrees--set on February 13, 1899. Can you imagine feeling  minus 138 degrees?! How about that, cold lovers? 

If you'd like to read the full article from NASA, click here.

To see how cold it might get this week in south Louisiana, click here.


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