If you think that it is cold where you live…check out this story.

The lowest temperature recorded on Earth may have been logged in Antarctica on Aug. 10, 2010: a reading of 135.8 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (or minus 93.2 degrees Celsius).

That unfathomably frigid temperature reading, taken via NASA satellite, was part of an effort by American scientists to locate the coldest spot on the planet.  Turns out, there are a string of extremely cold spots, pockets of unbelievable chill at high elevations in Antarctica.

Researchers at the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported the findings at a news conference Monday during the American Geophysical Union’s annual meeting in San Francisco.

They looked at a region of the east Antarctic Plateau and found that temperatures in certain pockets “routinely surpass the record temperature of the previous lowest temperature on record.”  That was 128.6 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, set at Russia’s Vostok Station in Antarctica on July 21, 1983.

As scientists noted in Monday’s presentation, the kinds of low temperatures we’re talking about here could be survived by humans — “for about three minutes.”

If you were wondering how some of the places in the United States stack up on the “cold meter,” here are some of the top 20, that I was able to find.  There may be other locations that have recorded low temperatures, but I was not aware of them.  If you know of any, I would be willing to revise my list.  If you were wondering about my hometown, we are tied at number 8.

Record winter temp.                                Average Annual Snowfall

  1. Rogers Pass, Montana                                  -70
  2. West Yellowstone, Montana                        -66                                                         407.1
  3. Fairbanks, Alaska                                          -66                                                          164.1
  4. International Falls, Minnesota                   -55                                                          181.9
  5. Laramie, Wyoming                                       -50                                                          138.6
  6. Fargo, North Dakota                                    -48                                                          132.2
  7. Aberdeen, South Dakota                             -46                                                            96.8
  8. Great Falls, Montana                                   -45                                                           157.7
  9. Bismarck, North Dakota                             -43                                                            133.6
  10. Grand Forks, North Dakota                       -43                                                            121.2
  11. Bozeman, Montana                                      -43
  12. Rochester, Minnesota                                  -42                                                           124.0
  13. Sioux Falls, South Dakota                           -42                                                           113.3
  14. Duluth, Minnesota                                       -41                                                           220.5
  15. Casper, Wyoming                                         -41                                                           193.0
  16. Fort Collins, Colorado                                 -41                                                           138.0
  17. Minneapolis, Minnesota                             -41                                                           129.1
  18. Newport, Vermont                                       -40                                                          261.4
  19. Rock Springs, Wyoming                              -37                                                           94.0
  20. Sioux City, Iowa                                            -35                                                            93.0

State by state low temperature records

State                                     Temp.                        Date                            Station                                       Elevation

1.  Alaska                              -80                      Jan. 23, 1971               Prospect Creek                                 1,100

2.  Montana                         -70                      Jan. 20, 1954               Rogers Pass                                      5,470

3.  Utah                                -69                      Feb.  1, 1985                 Peter’s Sink                                       8,092

4.  Wyoming                      -66                       Feb.  9, 1933                  Riverside                                          6,650

5.  Colorado                       -61                        Feb.  1, 1985                   Maybell                                             5,920

6.  Idaho                            -60                        Jan. 18, 1943                  Island Park Dam                            6,285

Minnesota                         -60                        Feb.  2, 1996                   Tower                                                1,430

North Dakota                   -60                         Feb. 15, 1936                  Parshall                                           1,929

7.  South Dakota               -58                         Feb. 17, 1936                 McIntosh                                       2,277

8.  Wisconsin                     -55                         Feb.4,   1996                  Couderay                                        1,300

9.  Oregon                          -54                         Feb. 10, 1933*               Seneca                                            4,700

10. New York                     -52                         Feb. 18, 1979*               Old Forge                                        1,720

11. Michigan                       -51                         Feb.  9, 1934                  Vanderbilt                                         785

12. Nevada                          -50                        Jan.  8, 1937                   San Jacinto                                     5,200

New Mexico                        -50                       Feb.  1, 1951                     Gavilan                                           7,350

Vermont                              -50                       Dec. 30, 1933                   Bloomfield                                        915

13. Maine                            -48                        Jan. 19, 1925                    Van Buren                                        458

Washington                       -48                        Dec. 30, 1968                    Mazama                                        2,120

                                                                                                                         Winthrop                                       1,755

14. Iowa                              -47                        Feb.  3, 1996*                      Elkader                                            770

15. Nebraska                      -47                        Feb. 12, 1899                      Camp Clarke                                3,700

New Hampshire                -47                       Jan. 29, 1934                      Mt. Washington                          6,288

16. California                     -45                       Jan. 20, 1937                      Boca                                                5,532

17. Pennsylvania                -42                     Jan.  5, 1904                        Smethport                                       est. 1,500

18. Arizona                         -40                      Jan.  7, 1971                         Hawley Lake                                   8,180

Kansas                                -40                      Feb. 13, 1905                        Lebanon                                            1,812

Maryland                           -40                      Jan. 13, 1912                           Oakland                                          2,461

Missouri                            -40                       Feb. 13, 1905                           Warsaw                                             700

19. Ohio                              -39                       Feb. 10, 1899                         Milligan                                              800

20. Kentucky                     -37                       Jan. 19, 1994                          Shelbyville                                         730

West Virginia                   -37                        Dec. 30, 1917                           Lewisburg                                      2,200

21. Illinois                        -36                         Jan.  5, 1999                            Congerville                                        722

Indiana                             -36                        Jan. 19, 1994                           New Whiteland                                 785

22. Massachusetts         -35                          Jan. 12, 1981                           Chester                                              640

23. New Jersey               -34                         Jan.  5, 1904                           River Vale                                             70

North Carolina               -34                         Jan. 21, 1985                           Mt. Mitchell                                    6,525

24. Connecticut              -32                        Feb. 16, 1943                            Falls Village                                        585

Tennessee                        -32                        Dec. 30, 1917                            Mountain City                                 2,471

25. Oklahoma                 -31                         Feb.  9, 2011                              Nowata                                               709

26. Virginia                     -30                         Jan. 22, 1985                            Mountain Lake                              3,870

27. Arkansas                    -29                        Feb. 13, 1905                               Pond                                               1,250

28. Alabama                   -27                          Jan. 30, 1966                              New Market                                     760

29. Rhode Island          -25                           Feb.  5, 1996                                 Greene                                             425

30. Texas                        -23                           Feb.  8, 1933*                               Seminole                                      3,275

31. Mississippi               -19                          Jan. 30, 1966                                Corinth                                             420

South Carolina              -19                          Jan. 21, 1985                                 Caesars Head                               3,100

32. Delaware                 -17                           Jan. 17, 1893                                 Millsboro                                           20

Georgia                           -17                           Jan. 27, 1940                                N. Floyd County                           1,000

33. Louisiana                 -16                           Feb. 13, 1899                                Minden                                              194

34. Florida                      – 2                            Feb. 13, 1899                                Tallahassee                                       193

35. Hawaii                       12                            May  17, 1979                                Mauna Kea                                   13,770

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