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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published December 10 2013

Weather Talk: Scientists claim to have found minus 135.8 temp

American scientists from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Center claim to have found evidence of a temperature of minus 135.8 degrees F near the Japanese Dome Fuji station, on a mountainous location on Antarctica called the Valkyrie Dome. It is generally accepted that the lowest measured temperature on Earth is minus 128.6 degrees F at the Russian Antarctic station, Vostok, in 1983.

This new temperature was found by analyzing satellite spectroradiometer data from an extended period of clear skies some 10 years ago. But it is premature to call this finding a new world record.

In order to count, a temperature recording must be made on a calibrated thermometer in an instrument shelter at a height of 6 feet above the ground. This new temperature was made using radiation sensors on a spacecraft in orbit.

The Valkerie Dome is terribly remote and there is no human structure or instrument shelter available. While it is likely temperatures at this location reach levels lower than at Vostok, it will be impossible to prove without instrumentation.


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