The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has updated the record for the coldest temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere, the organization said in a statement on Tuesday.
As noted, WMO recognized the temperature of -69.6 ° C at the automatic weather station in Greenland on December 22, 1991, the lowest ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere.
The record was discovered after nearly 30 years of research at the WMO Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes. The new data changes the ranking of the coldest temperatures for the Northern Hemisphere, moving to second place the value of -67.8 ° C recorded at the Russian site in Verkhoyansk in February 1892 and in Oymyakon in January 1933.
The coldest temperature record in the world remains in the Southern Hemisphere, where -89.2 ° C was recorded at the Vostok high-altitude weather station in Antarctica on July 21, 1983.
The WMO Weather and Climate Extremes Archive contains records of the world’s warmest and coldest temperatures, rainfall, longest periods of drought, maximum gust of wind, longest lightning flash and weather-related deaths.