If you think it’s cold where you live, be glad you don’t live in these places.
North Ice, Greenland
North Ice was a research station of the British North Greenland Expedition (1952 to 1954) on the inland ice of Greenland. With an altitude of 2,345 meters above sea level, the lowest temperature recorded was – 87 °F on January 1954. The recorded low temperature was the lowest ever in North America.
Verkhoyansk is a small town in Russia with a population of 1,311. The town is located on the Yana River, 675 Km from Yakutsk. Verkhoyansk is notable for its exceptionally low winter temperatures. The lowest temperature recorded there was in 1892 of – 90.0 °F.
Oymyakon is a rural locality in Oymyakonsky District in Russia. The town was named after the Oymyakon River, meaning ‘unfrozen patch of water, place where fish spend the winter’. It stands at an altitude of approximately 750 meters above sea level and has an extreme subarctic climate, where the ground is permanently frozen. The lowest temperature recorded was – 96.2 °F.
Vostok Station, Antarctica
Vostok Station is a Russian research station in inland Princess Elizabeth Land, Antarctica. With very short and very cold summers and long winters, Vostok Station features an ice cap, very dry climate, with an average of 2.6 millimeters of precipitation per year. The station lies at the southern Pole of Cold, with the lowest reliably measured natural temperature on Earth of −128.6 °F.
East Antarctic Plateau
The coldest place on earth is in the East Antarctic Plateau. After analyzing more than 30 years of satellite data, NASA researchers have found that the coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth of -135.8 °F happened in East Antarctica on Aug. 10, 2010. The same location came close to beating that record on July 31, 2014 with temperatures plummeting to -135.3 °F.
The super-cold temperatures are due to air being caught and held for a while. If the skies are clear for a few days, the ground radiates remaining heat into space, creating a layer of super-chilled air above the snow.