World Areas with Lower Temperatures Than the Arctic Test Center During Winter. (Note 1 of 'Studies to Aid TECOM in Analyses of Environmental Risks to Materiel').
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The study presents a series of maps showing the distribution of areas that have mean monthly minimum temperatures for their coldest month lower than the mean minimum temperatures at the U.S. Army Arctic Test Center Fort Greely, Alaska during each month of the winter resting season November through March. The study indicates that very extensive areas have mean coldest month minimum temperatures lower than the Fort Greely mean minimums for November and March, somewhat smaller areas have coldest month temperatures lower than the December and February base values at the Arctic Test Center, and only relatively small areas have mean coldest month minimums lower than the mean January minimum at Fort Greely. In terms of winter testing at the Arctic Test Center, this implies that January conditions most closely reflect the extreme low temperatures of the colder sections of the earth, November and March are least representative, and December and February are intermediate.