It's hot. Keep cool with this ice-cold quiz.

We get it. It's hot outside. But cool weather is coming, even though we can't promise exactly when. In the meantime you can chill out with our quiz on snow, ice and the coldest weather in history.

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Photo by Ken Keenan/National Science Foundation

July is one of the hottest months of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. In Antarctica? Not so much. The lowest natural temperature ever recorded was measured in Antarctica in July 1983. How cold was it?

Minus 128.6 degrees

Minus 83 degrees

Minus 100 degrees

Minus 148 degrees

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Photo by Operation IceBridge/NASA

In Antarctica, the land is covered with snow or ice year-round. About how much of the Earth's landmass is covered with glacial ice?

5 percent

10 percent

20 percent

30 percent

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Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press

This state made it onto the Guinness World Records list by building the tallest snowman in the world.

Minnesota

Maine

Wisconsin

Alaska

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Dan Joling/Associated Press

Assuming you can't travel to Antarctica anytime soon, your best best for cold weather in the United States would be Alaska, home to the country's coldest recorded temperature. How cold was the coldest day?

Minus 20.5 degrees

Minus 55 degrees

Minus 70.2 degrees

Minus 79.8

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Zach Urness/(Salem, Oregon) Statesman Journal via AP

True or false: Humans can run outside in minus 100 degree temperatures wearing nothing at all. They just have to get inside, and get warm, quickly.

True

False

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Carolyn Kaster/AP

If you live in Washington and are ready for snow, you may not have to wait too long. When is the city's earliest recorded snowfall?

August 31

September 15

October 1

October 5

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Rick Bowmer/Associated Press

One of these states has the slogan "The Greatest Snow on Earth." Which state is it ?

Colorado

Utah

Alaska

Massachusetts

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Library of Congress

The Great Blizzard of 1888 produced how many inches of snow in New York City?

13 inches

15 inches

22 inches

50 inches

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Photo by Josh White/The Washington Post

Where is the largest ski resort in the United States located?

Utah

Maine

New Hampshire

Colorado

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Photo by Jenn Ackerman/For The Washington Post

True or False: The largest recorded snowstorm in Washington was named the Knickerbocker Storm?

False

True

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Katherine Frey/ The Washington Post

How windy does it have to be for a snowstorm to be considered a blizzard?

At least 50 miles per hour

At least 35 miles per hour

At least 25 miles per hour

At least 15 miles per hour

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Neilson Barnard/ Getty Images

According to the Guinness World Records, how big was the largest snowflake ever found?

5 inches across

10 inches across

12 inches across

15 inches across

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Jenn Ackerman/ for The Washington Post

A nor'easter storm is a cold weather system that clashes with warm air over the ocean - making it a more powerful storm. It usually affects the mid-Atlantic states. How many types of a nor'easter are there?

Two

Three

Four

Five

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Matt McClain/ The Washington Post

About how long does it take for a snowflake to reach the ground after is has left its cloud?

5 minutes

1 hour

3 hours

30 minutes