Trivia Question 1/5/12 — Highest Temperature Ever

freezing coldWe are in the midst of winter – you can tell:  the high temperature in Los Angeles today was 85 degrees.

On the other end of the spectrum is Antarctica, which on average, is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent on the planet.  On this date in history…  On January 5th 1974 the highest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica was measured.

QUESTION:

What was the highest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica?

ANSWER:

59 degrees Fahrenheit.

EXPLANATION:

Antarctica is the coldest place on Earth. The coldest natural temperature ever recorded on Earth was −128.6 °F at the Russian Vostok Station in Antarctica on 21 July 1983. For comparison, this is 20 °F colder than dry ice.  Vanda Station was a New Zealand research base in the western highlands of Antarctica and was the location of the highest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica, which was 59.0 degrees Fahrenheit on January 5, 1974.

In 1995, environmental concerns resulted in the base being closed. Today, an automatic weather station is at the site of former Vanda Station, and Lake Vanda Hut, a shelter that is periodically (summer only) occupied by 2–8 New Zealand stream researchers.

NET CHECK-IN’s:

A total of 33 people checked into the Net tonight and of those, 3 got the correct answer to the Trivia Question.

Congratulations go out to:

  • KD6JEV — John
  • KG6RDA — Sidney
  • KF6ZQM — Harry

A big thanks to everyone who took time out of their busy schedule to check into the Net.

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