Earth Sets Cold Record 1358 Degrees

12.10.13 | Bob Price

Feeling chilly? Here's cold comfort: You could be in East Antarctica which new data says set a record for "soul-crushing" cold. Try 135.8 degrees below zero. Better yet, don't try it. That's so cold scientists say it hurts to breathe. A new look at NASA satellite data revealed that Earth set a new record for coldest temperature recorded. It happened in August 2010 when it hit -135.8 degrees. Then on July 31 of this year, it came close again: -135.3 degrees.  Ice scientist Ted Scambos at the National Snow and Ice Data Center said the new record is "50 degrees colder than anything that has ever been seen in Alaska or Siberia or certainly North Dakota." However, it won't be in the Guinness Book of World Records because these were satellite measured, not from thermometers.  Scientists say when it’s minus 100 degrees, people can survive for about 3 minutes outside.