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Putting the cold weather into words


(WXOW) -- To say it is cold is a bit of an understatement. So, some help from the thesaurus is in order.

A couple of the better cold weather synonyms include bleak, frigid or raw. Another one, hyperborean, means pertaining to living in a far northern region. Siberian is along those same lines. One could also call Monday's weather stinging, biting, glacial and polar.

Speaking of polar, it might be cold in the Midwest, but the weather is still nowhere near the average temperature in Antarctica. That's roughly -49 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. Similarly, it's about -40 each winter at North Pole. Then there's Mt. Everest where the January average is -33 degrees.

This is all nothing compared to the moon. Overnight temperatures on the lunar surface can dip all the way down to -243 (F) degrees. And for Star Wars fans wanting to say it's "Hoth cold," referring to the fictional planet, it's close. Wookieepedia cites the daytime temperatures at Echo Base (near the equator) around a -25 degree high.

All in all, it's cold. Stay inside if you can. If you can't, bundle up.

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