Published: 21st July 2021
#ThrowbackToday: When mercury hit absolute rock bottom at Vostok Station in Antarctica
In today's #TBT, we tell you about that fateful day when temperatures touched -128.6 °F on planet Earth and the various factors that enabled this occurrence. Read on to find out more about this
You know all those people who boast about bearing the brunt of winters without so much as a sweater? Here's a tale to send shivers down their spine.
On July 21, 1983, Vostok Station, a Russian research station in Antarctica, recorded the world's lowest temperature, -128.6 °F or -89.2 °C. To give you more context, this was 54 degrees colder than the winter average of the place. To this day, it remains the coldest temperature recorded on our planet. How did this phenomenon happen?
A flow of cold air circling the station kept the warm air from the Southern Ocean at bay. Moreover, there was diamond dust in the air that day, meaning tiny ice particles suspended in the air, and sans a heat-trapping cloud cover over the station, the mercury hit rock bottom. This was discovered only later via research by British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI), Russia. Brrrr!
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