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(Minneapolis Star Tribune)   Think you're cold? Antarctica sets new world record. Even the ice scientist won't go outside   (startribune.com) divider line 223
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2013-12-09 08:55:03 PM  
Maybe that's why Antarctica is mostly uninhabited, subby.
 
2013-12-09 09:10:38 PM  
This means there's no global warming.
 
2013-12-09 09:14:34 PM  
But he said scientists do routinely make naked 100 degree below zero dashes outside in the South Pole

They may not have set a Guiness record for temp, but they for goddamned sure set a record for shrinkage.
 
2013-12-09 09:15:35 PM  
It's not so bad if you let your car warm up in the morning.
 
2013-12-09 09:15:53 PM  
The really weird thing is that it is actually summer in the southern hemisphere right now. So a low temperature like this is really anomalous.
 
2013-12-09 09:20:07 PM  
F*ck that

No really

F*CK THAT
 
2013-12-09 09:21:49 PM  
in August 2010, they are just telling us now for some reason.
 
2013-12-09 09:28:08 PM  

violentsalvation: in August 2010, they are just telling us now for some reason.


2010 was supposedly one of the "hottest years ever"
 
2013-12-09 09:30:08 PM  
Acetone and CO2 freeze at those temperatures.
 
2013-12-09 09:36:47 PM  
After what happened to Bennings and Fuchs?  Screw that!
 
2013-12-09 09:46:10 PM  
That's even too cold to go to the rodeo.
 
2013-12-09 10:16:10 PM  
And here I was thinking -50 was HOLY HELL GOD DAMMIT F*CKING FREEZING TOO COLD!!
 
2013-12-09 10:18:04 PM  
I came for the Global warming chart fight........whahappen?
 
2013-12-09 10:18:31 PM  

vossiewulf: But he said scientists do routinely make naked 100 degree below zero dashes outside in the South Pole

They may not have set a Guiness record for temp, but they for goddamned sure set a record for shrinkage.


Two navels. Or two bungholes. Depending on your viewpoint.
 
2013-12-09 10:22:34 PM  
 
2013-12-09 10:23:15 PM  
While I find tidbits like this interesting, it's one of those data points that really escapes understanding because there's no reference point for us. I know the difference between 32 and 0 and 10 below, but -135 or whatever is literally inconceivably cold. Unless you've been there, or somewhere like it, you simply cannot grasp how cold that is, atmospherically.

Kinda like the whole "space is mind-bogglingly huge" thing that you hear about over and over but don't really understand until you make orbit in Kerbal and realize how far away things are, and that those things are the *closest* things in the vicinity.
 
2013-12-09 10:23:49 PM  

vossiewulf: But he said scientists do routinely make naked 100 degree below zero dashes outside in the South Pole

They may not have set a Guiness record for temp, but they for goddamned sure set a record for shrinkage.


That sounds like a good way to get frostbite on your....extremities...
 
2013-12-09 10:23:50 PM  
Isn't it summer in Antarctica?
 
2013-12-09 10:24:53 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: The really weird thing is that it is actually summer in the southern hemisphere right now. So a low temperature like this is really anomalous.



These readings were taken in August 2010 and July 2013.  I guess they're just now getting around to publishing the data.
 
2013-12-09 10:26:01 PM  
Worked with a guy in the Navy who wintered over (you get a special medal for being dumb enough to do it). Based on the stories he told:

Just NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO...and a hearty DO NOT WANT...
 
2013-12-09 10:26:12 PM  

deanayer: I came for the Global warming chart fight........whahappen?


Maybe GeneralJim will show up late with a slew of green text and some charty goodness to make all your fark dreams come true.
 
2013-12-09 10:26:19 PM  

vossiewulf: But he said scientists do routinely make naked 100 degree below zero dashes outside in the South Pole

They may not have set a Guiness record for temp, but they for goddamned sure set a record for shrinkage.


Below a certain temperature, the correct term to use is "invertage".
 
2013-12-09 10:26:23 PM  
No. Just... No.

That is all.
 
2013-12-09 10:27:45 PM  

propasaurus: This means there's no global warming.


Are you new here? This proves global warming.

The inverse heat in other climate zones causes a vacuum in temperatures, therefore the hyper-inverse climatic conditions are subject to diplatic deprivations in otherwise consistent temperature vassilations. And I'm drinking vodka to fight my cold.
 
2013-12-09 10:29:04 PM  
The said it was measured from space so couldn't be a record.  Well now you know where the cold is.  When summer comes, then go right there and setup a bunch of remote monitoring stations, sounds cheaper than a satellite.
 
2013-12-09 10:30:23 PM  
"Thank God, I don't know how exactly it feels," Scambos said. But he said scientists do routinely make naked 100 degree below zero dashes outside in the South Pole, so people can survive that temperature for about three minutes. Most of the time researchers need to breathe through a snorkel that brings air into the coat through a sleeve and warms it up "so you don't inhale by accident" the cold air, Scambos said.

img.fark.net
 
2013-12-09 10:31:02 PM  
This is an entertaining site about life at the US's Antarctic research station. I'm still thinking about going down there for 6 months as a contractor.

http://www.bigdeadplace.com/
 
2013-12-09 10:32:29 PM  
Guinness record for having cold Antarctic?

I'd rather have the Antarctic record for having cold Guinness.

/esp foreign extra stout
 
2013-12-09 10:32:29 PM  

zzrhardy: vossiewulf: But he said scientists do routinely make naked 100 degree below zero dashes outside in the South Pole

They may not have set a Guiness record for temp, but they for goddamned sure set a record for shrinkage.

Below a certain temperature, the correct term to use is "invertage".


For the women scientists their pokies rating would be "corundum"
 
2013-12-09 10:33:36 PM  

grinding_journalist: Unless you've been there, or somewhere like it, you simply cannot grasp how cold that is,


I can tell you don't have an ex-wife
 
2013-12-09 10:33:43 PM  

ohdoublereally: propasaurus: This means there's no global warming.

Are you new here? This proves global warming.

The inverse heat in other climate zones causes a vacuum in temperatures, therefore the hyper-inverse climatic conditions are subject to diplatic deprivations in otherwise consistent temperature vassilations. And I'm drinking vodka to fight my cold.


That was perfectly cromulent.
 
2013-12-09 10:34:54 PM  

vygramul: Acetone and CO2 freeze at those temperatures.


What kind of clothes do you even wear if you want to stay out there for any discernable time?
 
2013-12-09 10:35:40 PM  
Got braggin' rights for enduring -400 with -700 windchill factor...which is more than I ever wanted.
That kind of cold is stupefying...I have no other word for it.

DO NOT WANT AGAIN.
 
2013-12-09 10:36:04 PM  

propasaurus: This means there's no global warming.


This lowest temperature thing is all fiction anyway. Nobody has shown me unaltered video footage of the thermometer used to take these temperatures, so we just have to take some biased scientist's word for it. I bet he got a new Canada Goose coat and a Lamborghini just for reporting it.
 
2013-12-09 10:36:11 PM  
"Try 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit below zero; that's 93.2 degrees below zero Celsius, which sounds only slightly toastier."

Annnnnd my testicles just ran up into my chest cavity in utter horror of the thought of how farking cold that is...
 
2013-12-09 10:36:17 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: The really weird thing is that it is actually summer in the southern hemisphere right now. So a low temperature like this is really anomalous.


Except when you figure in that the earth is tilted away from the sun in the summer in the south pole making it cooler there then when it's tilted toward the sun in winter. They don't have the midnight sun they have the 24 hour dark at the south pole during summer.
 
2013-12-09 10:36:47 PM  

hervatski: vygramul: Acetone and CO2 freeze at those temperatures.

What kind of clothes do you even wear if you want to stay out there for any discernable time?


Florida.
 
2013-12-09 10:36:55 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: That's even too cold to go to the rodeo.


I believe that 40 below is the limit

/heard from a man that should know
 
2013-12-09 10:37:14 PM  
I used to regularly work in the minus 40's and 50's.  That's pretty cold but not that bad as long as the sun is shining and there is no wind.  Metal will break if you pound on it with hammers though.

Coldest I've been in with wind chill was -96.  Now that was cold.  I had arctic coveralls on and I was still miserable.
 
2013-12-09 10:37:23 PM  
Nah.  The ice scientist just knows not to fark with ice nine.
 
2013-12-09 10:37:35 PM  
*heard it
 
2013-12-09 10:38:04 PM  

hervatski: vygramul: Acetone and CO2 freeze at those temperatures.

What kind of clothes do you even wear if you want to stay out there for any discernable time?


Some culottes and a nice pair of pumps should do
 
2013-12-09 10:38:25 PM  
That's noothin'. Wy, when I was a lad, we'd wake up at 3 a.m., and do chores at 175 below. When it got up to 135 below we'd start sheddin layers. At zero we'd be begging fo' anotha glass o' lemonade.
 
2013-12-09 10:38:58 PM  

hervatski: vygramul: Acetone and CO2 freeze at those temperatures.

What kind of clothes do you even wear if you want to stay out there for any discernable time?


I'd guess something that was super well insulated, and had a pretty descent heater.  However, I don't think even scientist and explorers go there when it gets that cold.
 
2013-12-09 10:39:33 PM  

BBtB: I_Am_Weasel: That's even too cold to go to the rodeo.

I believe that 40 below is the limit

/heard from a man that should know


Depends if you have a heater in your truck.
 
2013-12-09 10:39:56 PM  

ohdoublereally: propasaurus: This means there's no global warming.

Are you new here? This proves global warming.

The inverse heat in other climate zones causes a vacuum in temperatures, therefore the hyper-inverse climatic conditions are subject to diplatic deprivations in otherwise consistent temperature vassilations. And I'm drinking vodka to fight my cold.


Favorited
 
2013-12-09 10:41:39 PM  

DesertDemonWY: violentsalvation: in August 2010, they are just telling us now for some reason.

2010 was supposedly one of the "hottest years ever"


Odd that they figure in the whole world in that reading instead of just a single place in the uninhabited wasteland that is the south pole. I guess this means all climate scientists are lying and always have been, and always will be, because of one story you read that totally validated your opinion that climate change is a hoax.

Oddly, I bet it was one of those lying bastard scientists who "believe" in global warming who took that reading.Why is it you only believe scientists when they seemingly agree with your opinions?
 
2013-12-09 10:41:52 PM  

squirrelflavoredyogurt: AverageAmericanGuy: The really weird thing is that it is actually summer in the southern hemisphere right now. So a low temperature like this is really anomalous.

Except when you figure in that the earth is tilted away from the sun in the summer in the south pole making it cooler there then when it's tilted toward the sun in winter. They don't have the midnight sun they have the 24 hour dark at the south pole during summer.


I think his point is that it is currently summer at the south pole, well probably closer to late spring at this point. The measurements were taken in July so winter at the south pole.
 
2013-12-09 10:42:27 PM  

squirrelflavoredyogurt: AverageAmericanGuy: The really weird thing is that it is actually summer in the southern hemisphere right now. So a low temperature like this is really anomalous.

Except when you figure in that the earth is tilted away from the sun in the summer in the south pole making it cooler there then when it's tilted toward the sun in winter. They don't have the midnight sun they have the 24 hour dark at the south pole during summer.


WTF?
 
2013-12-09 10:42:32 PM  

hervatski: vygramul: Acetone and CO2 freeze at those temperatures.

What kind of clothes do you even wear if you want to stay out there for any discernable time?


Layers are key.  Then a good down coat.

I have not worked in that cold.  But the worst thing is the toes cause you can't get them warm after they get cold without having to stop.
 
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