It’s cold — but not as cold as outer space

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It may be around -30 in Bismarck, and colder in other North Dakota communities, but we can take some measure of warm comfort in knowing there’s one place that is a lot colder than here: Outer space.

Out past the Earth’s atmosphere, the temperature in space is about -455.

That makes North Dakota seem like the tropics in relative comparison.

On Earth, the lowest temperature ever recorded was -129 on July 21, 1983, at the Vostok Station in Antarctica — four times colder, temperature wise, than today in North Dakota.

Still, if you ignore the Arctic and Antarctic, just about any place in the world right now is warmer than we are in North Dakota.

But you can take comfort in the fact that, 48 hours from now, the temperature will go up more than 60 degrees to the balmy 30s on Friday.

Enjoy the day.

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