It's Colder In Chicago Than It Is On Mars, Alaska, and More

Thankfully, the low here won't come close to what it is on the Red Planet!

January 29, 2019

(Photo by Xinhua/Sipa USA


Wednesday is looking like the coldest day on record for Chicago with temps dropping to -12 during the daytime with a wind chill of almost -55!

While the appropriate Chiberia references are aplenty on this frigid day, you now have another excuse to hunker down inside. It's colder here than it is on Mars.

The Mars Curiosity Rover has an environmental monitoring station (EMS) tracking different types of environment reports as the rover moves around the Red Planet. 

There's an unofficial Twitter account tracking the weather report from Mars (@MarsWXReport) and its most recent data shows Mars having a warmer high than Chicago.


Thankfully, Chicago won't come anywhere close to the -95F low Mars is experiencing.

However, the South Pole is going to reach -4 on Wednesday, so again, warmer than Chicago. 

Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost point in the United State will be -7.

And even the BASE CAMP of Mt. Everest is going to be warmer with a high of 30! 

In summary, Wednesday's temps are going to be colder than notoriously frigid locations around the world.

CBScreated this comparison and man, it's already sending shivers up our spine. 

• Zackenberg, Greenland: -11 degrees
• Barrow, Alaska: -7 degrees
• Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada: -5 degrees
• Old Crow, Yukon Territory, Canada degrees
• Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station: -4 degrees
• Upernavik, Greenland: -3 degrees
• Ottawa, Canada: 9 degrees
• Murmansk, Russia: 10 degrees
• Fairbanks, Alaska: 13 degrees
• Irktusk, Russia: 16 degrees
• Nome, Alaska: 20 degrees
• Oslo, Norway: 23 degrees
• Stockholm, Sweden: 24 degrees
• Reykjavik, Iceland: 25 degrees
• Mount Everest Base Camp, Khumjung, Nepal: 30 degrees
• Edmonton, Canada: 33 degrees
• Helsinki, Finland: 33 degrees
• Copenhagen, Denmark, 35 degrees
• Vladivostok: Russia: 37 degrees

Places like Moscow, where it's traditionall very cold, is even warmer than Chicago. It isn't by much, but at least is 9 degrees in Russia! 

Thankfully, we still aren't as cold as Siberia or the South Pole. 

And no, that isn't a challenge.