by Ruth Griffiths
When the weather turns extreme it’s almost all we talk about. But how much do we know about the weather? Challenge yourself to answer these cold weather questions.
- How cold can it get in Prince Albert?
- On average, when is Prince Albert’s coldest day of the year?
- On what day did Prince Albert record its largest daily snowfall?
- On Aug. 20, 2010, the temperature in Antarctica dropped to the lowest recorded temperature in the world. How cold was it?
- According to Statistics Canada, the coldest recorded temperature in Canada was on Feb. 3, 1947 in Snag, Yukon. How cold was it?
- David Phillips, Senior climatologist at Environment Canada, says Canada is the second coldest country in the world, with an average year round temperature of -3.6 C. What country is colder?
- The average nighttime low in Canada for December, January and February is -26.7 C. What area of Canada is the coldest?
- What is the coldest inhabited place on earth?
- How cold was the last Ice Age?
- How cold can it get?
I put this quiz together seven years ago and updated it this month. It appears that we never grow tired of talking about the weather. Unless we’re talking about the pandemic!
** ed note: In a serendipitous turn of events, I’m editing this column on Monday, January 25. It was -40 C when I went outside to start my car this morning — a cold weather column on the coldest day of the year so far. It’ s not the coldest Jan. 25 on record, though, that mark belongs to 1969, when it reached -43.9 C. The average low for this late January deep freeze is -25 C. According to Environment Canada, the mercury plunged to -40.4 C, and -42 with the windchill. The ice fog didn’t help matters either!
- One source says -50 C on Jan. 20, 1943 while Wikipedia says -56.7 C on Feb. 1, 1893. (Highest temp June 5, 1988 38.8 C )
- Jan. 10, with an average low of -23 C and high of -12 C.
- Sunday, Oct. 11, 1998 saw 43 cm of snowfall. It was the Thanksgiving weekend.
- -93.2 C, brrrr
- -63 C is still the coldest temperature recorded in North America.
- Russia has the honour of first place at -5.3 C.
- Nunavut is the coldest territory in the winter, with an average daily temperature of -33.4 C, while Manitoba is the coldest winter province at -25.1 C. Nova Scotia is the warmest province, with a balmy average of -8.9 C.
- Oymyakon in northeast Russia recorded -67.7 C on Feb. 6, 1933. This is the lowest temperature ever recorded in the northern hemisphere, and is the lowest temperature ever recorded for any permanent habitation (on Earth).
- The average global temperature was 6 or 7 degrees colder than today’s average global temperature of 14 C.
- The moon gets to -228 C. Mars is -153 C at the poles. The International Space Station’s sun-facing side heats to 121 C, while the dark side plunges to -157 C. Deep space is -270 C. Absolute zero, theoretically the coldest temperature possible, is -273.15 C.