It’s Now Colder Than Mars in Parts of North America

If you live in North America, you don’t need a news website to tell you: It’s cold out. It’s really, really cold out.  

As CTV News reported, the Canadian government issued weather alerts for “extreme cold” in much of the country on Thursday. The network also put together a list of places that were warmer than Canada, including Hell (the one in Norway), Antarctica and, yes, parts of Mars.

The daily high on Mars reached -9.4 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday, which, according to CTV News, was a little warmer than what was measured in Montreal. It was a little colder than what was directly measured in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Calgary, Alberta. As for Hell, Norway, most cities in Canada are reportedly a good deal colder on average.

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Today, the air temperature on Mars is expected to go as high as -9.4 degrees Fahrenheit and as low as -112 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperature on Mars is quite variable, according to NASA. The warmest parts of the planet can measure up to up to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, while the temperature can go down to as low as -225 degrees Fahrenheit.

President Donald Trump tweeted about the expected frigid temperatures in New York on New Year’s Eve, incorrectly suggesting that the predicted cold refutes the idea of climate change.  

As Newsweek has reported, weather and climate are not the same thing. In the words of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA,) “Weather is what you get. Climate is what you expect.” Weather has to do with what we’re seeing at any given moment or day—temperatures frostier than Hell, for instance—whereas climate has to do with long-term trends. 

So while it indeed may be colder than Mars or Hell in parts of Canada, that says nothing about the overall trend of climate change. As Vox reports, 2017 is still slated to be one of the warmest years on the books.

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