Whiteface Mountain summit

Whiteface Mountain (New York) hits -114 °F (-81.11 °C) wind chill at its summit

While the New York city suffers the coldest Valentine’s Day in 100 years, as East Coast is hit with record-low wind chill of -36 °F (-37.77 °C), the Whiteface Mountain reached -114 °F (-81.11 °C) wind chill at its summit. And it was even colder than the windchill in Antarctica.

Whiteface Mountain is the fifth-highest mountain in the U.S. state of New York. On Saturday night (February 13-14, 2016), the Arctic winds blew at 45 mph (72.4205 km/h) at the summit, and according to the U.S. National Weather Service, it was actually colder than Antarctica on Sunday. It’s probably one of the lowest temperatures ever recorded outside of the poles of Earth.

The lowest recorded temperature on Earth was -89.2 °C (-128 °F) on July 21, 1983 (during the Antarctic winter) at the Vostok Station in Antarctica.

Colder than Everest

In January, the coldest month, the temperature averages about -36° C (about -33° F) and can drop as low as -60° C (-76° F) at the summit of Mount Everest. In July, the warmest month, the average summit temperature is -19° C (-2° F). At no time of the year does the temperature on the summit rise above freezing.

Whiteface Mountain summit
Whiteface Mountain is the fifth-highest mountain in the U.S. state of New York, and one of the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. Set apart from most of the other High Peaks, the summit offers a 360-degree view of the Adirondacks and clear-day glimpses of Vermont and even Canada, where the skyscrapers of Montreal, 80 miles (130 km) away, can be seen on a very clear day. Located in the town of Wilmington, about 13 miles (21 km) from Lake Placid, the mountain’s east slope is home to a major ski area which hosted the alpine skiing competitions of the 1980 Winter Olympics.

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