This day in 1983 saw the lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth. Where was it and how cold did it get?

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by / July 20, 2011

Answer: -128.6 °F at Vostok Station, Antarctica (pictured).

Vostok, a Russian research facility, is located at the center of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet. Daily July temperatures there average -85 °. Summer temps can reach a balmy  -16 °F. Once, on January 11, 2002, the mercury read a scorching 10 °F.

Chad Vander Veen

Chad Vander Veen previously served as the editor of FutureStructure, and the associate editor of Government Technology and Public CIO magazines.

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