Farmers Almanac
The Farmers Almanac
Order your copy today!

How Cold is It?

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Subscribe by Email Print This Post
How Cold is It?

It is not official but it looks like Earth has set a new record cold temperature. The official record was set on July 21, 1983, when the temperature dropped to -128.6º Fahrenheit in Vostak, Antarctica. Now, it appears that on July 31, 2013 the thermometer dipped to an all-time low of -135.3º F, or -93.2º C. Good news — it was a dry cold, and no one lives in this obscure part of Antarctica, so there were no deaths. In fact, at that temperature, humans wouldn’t even be able to breathe.

Earlier this week we saw a bone chilling -20º F in the Dakotas. It was even freezing in some of our warmer states, and winter has just begun. Here in Maine, it’s been pretty cold, but not as cold as our all time cold record of -50º that was set in January, 2009. It was maybe -35º degrees in my backyard that day.

The 2014 Farmers’ Almanac promises biting, bitter, and piercing cold this winter. So, what is the coldest temperature you have experienced and where in the world were you at the time?


Previous / Next Posts


1 joe wallace { 12.16.13 at 4:06 pm }

In January of 2008….worked outside in -53 C …NE BC fort st John Canada….i live around mile49 Alaska highway….its actually been colder with the windchill…..dont know what that is in farenheit

2 Julie Fisher { 12.12.13 at 2:01 pm }

I experienced -70 windchill in Northeast MT a few years back. It felt like my clothes were made of paper! I stayed inside after that 🙂 I live in AR now and we are experiencing unusually cold weather right now. People accuse me of bringing the north country with me back down here! I think we need to fire up some more coal power plants and warm this place up;)

Leave a Comment

Note: Comments that further the discussion of the above content are likely to be approved. Those comments that are vague or are simply submitted in order to promote a product, service or web site, although not necessarily considered "spam," are generally not approved.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1919, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.

Reading Farmers' Almanac on Tablet with Doggie

Don't Miss A Thing!

Subscribe to Our Newsletter and Get a FREE Download!