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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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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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?
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This state made it onto the Guinness World Records list by building the tallest snowman in the world.
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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
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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.
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?
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One of these states has the slogan "The Greatest Snow on Earth." Which state is it ?
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The Great Blizzard of 1888 produced how many inches of snow in New York City?
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Where is the largest ski resort in the United States located?
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True or False: The largest recorded snowstorm in Washington was named the Knickerbocker Storm?
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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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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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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?
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About how long does it take for a snowflake to reach the ground after is has left its cloud?