Some US states, Canadian cities now colder than Mars due to "polar vortex"

The freezing temperatures are literally out of this world.

Agence France Presse reports (via Inquirer.net) that the record-breaking winter freeze affecting Canada and the United States has caused temperatures in some cities and states to drop lower than what is recorded on the surface of Mars.


According to the report, "all of Canada and all the US states bar tropical Hawaii recorded temperatures below freezing on Tuesday (Wednesday, January 8 in Manila)." A temperature of  -37 Celsius (-35 Fahrenheit) was recorded in the town of Embarrass, Minnesota, while Montana registered a reading of -52 Celsius. These temperatures are said to be lower than the surface temperature of Mars, which ranges from -25 to -31 degrees Celsius (-13 and -24 degrees Fahrenheit) based on measurements made by the Mars Rover.

 

Meteorologists said the extremely cold weather affecting US and Canada is caused by the "polar vortex" that brings down frigid air from the Arctic region to areas in the Northern Hemisphere.


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