A Place on Earth that was Colder than Mars

If you think it has been cold here in Chicago lately, try living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  On New Year’s Day the temperature reached -31 degrees Celsius in Winnipeg (that is -23.8 degrees Fahrenheit) while on Mars it was only a cool -29 degrees Celsius.  According to the National Weather Service the coldest it has been in Chicago was only -27 degrees Fahrenheit on January 20, 1985.

Here are some tips from the National Weather Service if you get caught in a winter storm.

  • Stay in your vehicle.  It can be easy to be disoriented by a snowstorm.
  • Run your car for only about 10 minutes at a time to stay warm.  But remember to crack a window to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Stay visible to rescuers by tying a colored cloth to an antenna, and/or turning on the dome light when running the engine.
  • If you’re without shelter try building some and starting a fire.

You can go here for more information, and what to do during severe winter weather in Chicago.  Try to stay warm out there!


National Weather Service. (2013). Lowest Temperatures Recorded in Chicago (-16 Degrees and Lower). Retrieved from: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lot/?n=chi_temperature_records

National Weather Service. (2008). Winter Storms: The Decepetive Killers. Retrieved from: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/resources/Winter_Storms2008.pdf

Winnipeg Sun. (2014). Colder than Mars, colder than the North Pole- and Winnipeg isn’t warming up anytime soon. Retrieved from: http://www.winnipegsun.com/2013/12/31/winnipeg-experiences-coldest-december-day-in-80-years

Image credit: Aspergersguy70 via Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TheForks.JPG


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