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Out in the Cold

Yisrael Rutman

Brrrrrrr! This week Jr. takes you from your doorstep to the ends of the universe, from Central Park in New York City to the light-years-distant Boomerang Nebula, to deep under the ice of Antarctica and to the summit of Mount Everest — to find out just how cold it can get. So zip up, and let’s begin our journey.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Central Park, New York City

Daily temperatures have been measured inCentral Parksince 1869. What was the coldest it’s ever been there? We have to go back 80 years, to February 9, 1934, when the temperature dropped to -15°F (-26.1°C).

The coldest temperature ever recorded in theUnited Stateswas inAlaska. A little place called Prospect Creek Camp in northern Alaska’s Endicott Mountains, shivered in 79.8°F cold (-62.1°C) on Jan. 23, 1971.

 

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