The coldest temperature ever recorded varies based on a number of different things. There is the coldest temperature ever recorded just in the United States. There is the coldest temperature ever recorded in the entire world. And then there is the coldest temperature ever recorded in a laboratory. Each one varies greatly and is listed below. Keep in mind, these are only the coldest temperates which have ever been recorded. There have probably been colder temperatures on the planet Earth that haven't been recorded by human instruments.
Coldest Temperature Ever Recorded in United States. Not surprisingly, the coldest temperature ever recorded in the United States was in the state of Alaska, which goes up into the Arctic circle. On January 23rd, 1971 at Prospect Creek a temperature of negative eighty degrees Fahrenheit was recorded. However, a temperature of negative 70 degrees Fahrenheit was once recorded in Montana, which is much farther south then Alaska.
Coldest Temperature Ever Recorded on Earth. The coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth was recorded in Antarctica, which is not very surprising, considering it is one of the coldest and least hospitable places on Earth. A Soviet research station in 1983 recorded a temperature of negative 128.6 degrees Fahrenheit, before you include the windchill.
Coldest Temperature Ever Recorded Anywhere. The coldest temperature ever recorded anywhere was done in a laboratory at MIT, where scientists where trying to slow atoms in the air down completely. In their laboratory they successfully lowered the temperature to what is called absolute zero or negative 273 degree Fahrenheit.