It seems like Russia continues to find a way to stay in the natural science news. Earlier this month a meteorite explosion was captured on numerous videos. Even this eyewitness account of the shock wave blowing out building windows. Now an 80 year old record appears to have been broken in the past week, but not much has been said about it. That record for the lowest temperature ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere would rank as the coldest outside of Antarctica.
In 1933, the coldest temperature record was set at -90.4°F (-68°C). On February 19th that was apparently shattered in the mist of an extreme event in Oymyakon, Siberia with the reading of -96.1°F (-71.2°C). Wow!
The old record was shared with another town, Werchojansk. Now it looks like Oymyakon has sole possession. I am sure many would like them to keep it. However this has been an ongoing problem in the region. Russia reported its coldest ever December on record to start the season.
This temperature was confirmed and reported by Russian media as well as other outlets. Here are a few links to compare, but you might want to bring a translator:
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This does go to show that local weather can be deceiving. While we have had a cold month in Maryland, the storm track has kept much of the snow just to our north, and now west. Last winter was one of the warmest on record for the US, but much of Europe was in a deep freeze. It's all relative. A new taste of record cold may once again arrive in parts of the US later this week.
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