'Cold Air Hunters' Brave -62 Degrees In Utah (Watch)

'Cold Air Hunters' Brave -62 Degrees In Utah (Watch)


'Cold Air Hunters' Brave -62 Degrees In Utah (Watch)


KSL News is covering a group of self-proclaimed ‘cold air hunters’ in Utah.

Their passion is documenting extremely cold temperatures.

Temps plunged to -62 degrees Fahrenheit in Peter Sinks earlier this week.

Peter Sinks is a natural sinkhole in the Bear River Mountains near Logan, UT. Check out the full video below:

Peter Sinks is known as being one of the coldest places in the contiguous United States.

According to the Utah Climate Center, the record low temp recorded at Peter Sinks happened back in 1985:

“On Feb. 1, 1985, the temperature at Peter Sinks location plummeted to -69.3°F, the second coldest ever recorded in the lower 48 states. The lowest was -69.7°F at Roger’s Pass, Montana in January 1954.

Moreover, Peter Sinks and nearby Middle Sink have the distinction of having all but one of the monthly low temperature records for Utah.”

The Utah Climate Center goes on to explain why Peter Sinks is so cold:

“So why is this montane site, located 20 miles northeast of Logan, so cold? The low temperatures are due to a combination of the area’s unique basin topography, high elevation, and dry climate.

Peter Sinks, at an elevation of 8,164 feet, is a natural limestone sinkhole approximately one-half mile in diameter; one can liken it to a large bowl, which has no valley outlet to drain water or air.

On calm cloudless nights this high basin loses accumulated daytime heat to the atmosphere. In addition, cool dense air slides down-slope into the basin floor in a process known as cold air pooling. Extremely low temperatures can occur, especially in the wake of wintertime arctic fronts.”

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