A visit to the coldest town on Earth

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I am sitting here in central MN. Right now the temp is -10 degrees with a windchill of – 45. It has warmed up from this morning when it was -27. Where is global warming when you need it.

  2. ashleyandpunker says:

    I was raised and now live in ARIZONA!!!! I would die in that weather. I lived in Ohio for three years and could barely make it!!

  3. igpajo says:

    Dear God!! -63C!!?? That’s F’in cold! According to this website the temperature at which it’s too cold to expose skin is -40C/F. (C/F because -40C is actually the same as -40F)

    And I was saying how cold it was here in Seattle this morning when I saw it had dropped down to 12 F outside. Those people would probably sunbathe nude here.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I went to college in upstate NY, and while obviously the actual temperature never gets anywhere near THIS cold, the wind chills do drop to high 20s and low 30s. While walking from my car to class in the dead of winter, my entire brow would freeze when wind was head-on instead of at my back. When I finally warmed up indoors, it looked like I was sweating, but it was actually ice melting from my brow. I now live in the south, and what the Southerners consider “cold conditions” is absolutely laughable.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I can say I definately belong to the WIMP club! Did I hear correctly, the teacher said they go out to play until it’s -40 out.. I can’t imagine playing in that kind of weather. I live in Minnesota and we can have some really cold days and nights. I sure wouldn’t go out playing in it.

  6. basketballgirl says:

    ok, i get that -63C is cold, but wat tep. is it in F? yes, it may be silly to many of u, but im from a country that uses F instead of C, inch instead of centimeter, and pound instead of litter or watever. so can some1 plese tel me wat -63C is in F? thanx ppl! :)

  7. metafactory says:

    I haven’t been to Oimiakon but I have been to Verkhoiansk (the other contender for coldest inhabitation on earth) and other places in north central Siberia. It is nice to see these pictures and scenes but it is a shame the commentator offers such trite commentary. People have been living happily in the arctic for ages and we don’t need some wanker telling us that it’s “almost livable.” Give it a rest. You travelled an awfully long way and that is the best you can do? Seriously, what a waste of effort.

    There are plenty of other stories to tell about Siberia. Also, for anyone who cares, I doubt Mongols settled there. It is an area dominated by Sakha or Yakut people.

    Live from Canada where it is almost livable (-25C is the High today)

  8. Mathew says:

    I’m from Montreal and used to travel a lot. This place seems pretty cool, no pun intended. It ought to be able to attract enough winter tourists to do okay- maybe including us. y four-year-old would love it. Tell us more about how to get there.

    The commentary didn’t seem so bad; I thought it was funny and made the place sound interesting to visit. What did the people who objected think would be more appropriate?

    How bad are the mosquitos, and if any, the blackflies in summer?

    Overheated in Toronto

  9. brokebutstilldrinking says:

    Child bearing should be outlawed in those parts. That’s child abuse.

  10. Anonymous says:

    The colder the better!!!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    wowwwww…how do they stand it

  12. Anonymous says:

    Geez! Airplanes start to CONTRAIL at about -40! That’s too cold for me.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Ummm, it looks interesting, but no thanks. I’ll stay where I am: the state of Georgia in the U.S. – were by the way, it’s +15 C. today. It did snow here – once – in the state of Georgia, USA – in 1986.

  14. Alpinwolf says:

    I’ve found a huge difference in some places to the subjective sense of what’s cold. A friend who now lives in So.Cal. and is wimpy in the cold, was fine out on a midnight stroll at Newyears in the mountains. It was about 15F, she just didn’t want to know that.

    We each had a light shirt and medium jacket. It’s no Saskatoon, Whitehorse, or Oymyakon, but you’da thunk she would be seriously chilly.

    OTOH, While I think myself hardy in the cold, I’ve spent some winters in very mild climes that had ground fog, and I couldn’t get warm. Something evil about fog at 33F that you can’t see ten feet through, it’s like a heatsink, going through everything and soaking all the life out of ya.

    So I’m often more comfy below freezing than above. Weird.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I just want everyone to know, that as I am watching this, I am snuggled up in a blanket with my jammies on…i just turned my heater on because I just couldnt take it anymore…the temperature outside has dropped to a chilly 67-degrees Farenheit. Thats cold for Southern California people!

  16. Anonymous says:

    That is absolutely crazy and mind boggling. I live in NYC and about a week ago I dunno maybe it was like 18 degrees or so .Anyway I took my baby out for a short walk in his stroller because I had to buy something.I kept him bundled up in there ya know..By the time I got back maybe 10 minutes my fingers were so cold that they literally hurted and I couldnt even bend them. I reached inside my coat pocket to get my keys and it took almost 5 minutes..and another 5 minutes to even get the key in the lock..My face was streaming with tears and once I got inside the building I couldnt even take my baby out of the stroller I had to run upstairs and I ran hot water over my fingers for like 5 minutes just so I could be able to loosen them so I can bend them .That is the coldest I have ever been and I will NEVER forget it and these people are living with under 63 degrees..That is so cruel to those children.I just couldnt imagine .

  17. Anonymous says:

    -63C = -81.4F .

  18. Anonymous says:

    I live in Minnesota, and the coldest place there is Embarrass Minnesota, which is well known in the USA often as one of the coldest places ever.
    Their record low is -60. The coldest I have seen has been -30 below actual temperature, not wind chill. Heck we still use the outside potty at this temp, imagine that. This is Fin country and people there tolerate this cold very well.

  19. Anonymous says:

    i wonder if the coldest town on earth has the “coldest drink in town”â„¢?

  20. igpajo says:

    Forgeweld said “Igpago-cotton kills! Get some proper gear! “

    LOL! I know it, but I don’t ski so when snow comes to the Seattle area like this maybe once or twice a decade, it always kind of catches us off guard. I’ve got some snow pants somewhere but couldn’t find them and the kids were out the door already.

  21. Anonymous says:

    YUP that’s a BIT NIPPLY…glad I’m living in FLORIDA…Tonight’s forecast clear and 65…ABOVE ZERO!!!

  22. Anonymous says:

    OK I’m a whimp! It was 29F today (in VA) and I was freezing! I freeze in the winter and do not thaw until spring. I could never live anywhere where it gets colder I would never survive! Starbucks is my friend in the winter! :)

  23. pseudonym says:

    Het,it’s a dry cold !

  24. bcsizemo says:

    Be warned, this is all over Yahoo’s front page. With a direct link here!

  25. Anonymous says:

    Big lol. That horse was almost saying I’m f-ing cold. lol.

  26. PrometheusG says:

    Jeez, here in south Texas it never snowed in the 20th century. Just once in the 1880′s and once on Christmas 2004. When it gets down into the low 30′s F (maybe once or twice a year), people get excited. It might drop below 32F! That only happens a couple of times a decade, though; rarely for more than a couple of hours. That snow on Christmas in ’04? Yeah, it was 85F that afternoon.

    Cold, to me, means 32F.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Wells, Nevada gets down to -20, and Deeth, Nevada gets down to -40. Both of these towns are on I-80 just East of Elko, NV. Brrrrrrr.

    Sagedancer

  28. kev193 says:

    man I wouldn’t stand that weather I live in California and we can barely stand 41 F

    -63 C is -81.4 F

  29. jphilby says:

    The solubility of water vapor in air is practically nil at 50 below. That explains the squeaky snow and the ‘warmth’ of 15 below.

    So … if you decide to visit Mars, take your earplugs along. It’s like fingernails on a blackboard.

  30. Takuan says:

    thanks BCsizemo

  31. Anonymous says:

    Eesh. I’ll gladly take a 115F Tucson afternoon in July.

  32. GORADINDY says:

    SHRINKAGE! SHRINKAGE!

  33. RC says:

    Does Southwest fly there ?

  34. Anonymous says:

    in denver colorado where i live it was -18 last week. really i dont notice the diffrence after about 5. although cold is cold and just kinda stupid. im moving to so cal

  35. Anonymous says:

    I guess I can now stop complaining about the 20 degrees we get here in winter!

  36. coldguy120 says:

    I can’t wait to go here!!! Man, I live in northern Wisconsin and I can’t wait till winter rolls around and we get some good, old fashion -40 below. I love going out skiing and snowshoeing when it gets that cold. The problem has been we don’t get the real cold anymore because of global warming. Now, people are such wimps around here they complain when it is only -10 below. That is not cold!!!

    These people in Siberia are tough. They put most modern pansies to shame. I wish more of the world was like this so I could hear all the wimps and wussies who are afraid of the cold cry like little babies . If you can’t stand the cold, go to Florida you wimps!!!

    Get out there and enjoy the cold while we still have some left.

  37. dbarak says:

    #8 posted by brokebutstilldrinking

    Child bearing risks the accidental snapping off of various frozen protrusions.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Talk about cold, I recently took a trip to the south pole, it was -113F!! (about -81C) You havn’t been cold until you’ve been to the south pole!

  39. Anonymous says:

    I lived In Minot North Dakota and at one point it got down to -30F W/ -70F wind chill and that was while i was at school where the police from the air base came and brought us home 2 by 2 to our homes. They had to wrap our body’s and run with us to the vehiclesx i was like 10 yrs old, but i remember how horrible it was.

  40. Anonymous says:

    all Canadians are obsessed with the weather…just none of em do anything about it eh

  41. Flash MacTavish says:

    -63°C? Just a wee bit out of my comfort zone, although I do recall it hitting -60°F in Prince George BC when I was a kid in the 60′s and -40° was not uncommon in Cold Lake where I was stationed in the 70′s, that with a windchill factor that would have been well into the -60′s.

    The coldest I ever was though was my first winter in Germany in 81/82, the wet central European cold just cut through like a knife. Still does…

  42. lilsweety says:

    I live in Wisconsin, and even though it doesn’t get THAT cold here, once it’s below zero and the wind is blowing, cold is just cold. today’s wind chill is -35F, and it’s only Dec. Can’t wait until Feb.

  43. Marsha Keeffer says:

    OK, I’m officially a wimp. Me and Teller – Cali kids!

  44. Anonymous says:

    About twenty years ago I was living in Florida and flew back to Iowa for my Mom’s wedding. When I got on the plane in Orlando the temperture was 80 F. When I got to Des Moines the windchill was 80 F below. Don’t remember what the temp, ans windchill was.

  45. akcattrapper says:

    I am guessing they are going by average temps? Because i am from Tok Alaska and it gets down to 74 degrees below zero farenhiet. Average low is 43 degrees below. Of course we aren’t a town we are unincorporated and also not a burrow– so that may be why it isn’t the coldest inhabited place listed. But it should be! Been milder this year though.

  46. Robert says:

    There wouldn’t be world hunger if people would live where the food is. You people live in a tundra! Move to where the FOOD IS!! (apologies to Sam Kinison).

  47. Anonymous says:

    Don’t worry. Global Warming will soon ensure that it will be cold no more. ;-)

  48. Anonymous says:

    I went to Yuma, Az. about a year ago in January for a reunion of my military unit out of Viet Nam. One of the guys, Henry from San Deigo, heard my wife say, “We left Illinois when it was -23 degrees.” Henry looked at her and said, “You mean the numbers really go down to zero and there’s numbers below zero???” Henry just couldn’t get his head wrapped around the idea that there really are negative cold numbers.

  49. Anonymous says:

    First you have the hot tub, then you have the power, then you have the women.

  50. christie210 says:

    Starbucks…LOL

  51. Anonymous says:

    i’m sitting in sarapul, now. i wonder if it is warmer in oymyakon. we look for -40c tonight. only -34 yesterday, though.

  52. TheFool says:

    Can anyone on BB explain what the “dew point” means, I’ve never been able to understand what it means in a practical sense (i.e. what are the effects of low and high dew points in warm or cold weather).

  53. JJR1971 says:

    Coldest I’ve ever personally experienced is St. Petersburg, Russia in March 1993; There was still ice in the Neva river, and the wind just cut right through me despite my 1) thick wool coat 2) sweater 3) scarf 4) flannel shirt 5) long-john top and bottom, trousers, sweatpants underneath trousers 6) waterproof boots. I just couldn’t wait to get back indoors and hated having to be outside for any length of time.

    But for the people of Oymyakon what I experienced must be like a walk in the park.

    I was a study abroad student studying in Germany at the time. German winters I could handle; Russian winters–I’m just glad it was LATE winter when I was there. Took a week long trip down to Yalta in the Ukraine with my Moscovite host mother; it was almost like Spring down there (April 1993). Almost. Still to early/cool to sample any Kvass or enjoy the Black Sea.

  54. Anonymous says:

    The people are not Mongol. Their ethnicity is Sakha, formerly known as Yakut. The location of Oymyakon is in the Sakha Republic, formerly named Yakutia. The name of the town in the native Sakha language is actually Öymököön. The spelling Oymyakon is the Russianized form. The people in the video are speaking Russian. The Sakha people migrated north in the 13th century; they originally came from the areas just to the north of Mongolia. This is probably why the video says they moved to get away from the Mongols. But they are not Mongols– the Sakha language is Turkic. There are several more Turkic languages indigenous to the area of southern Siberia they migrated from. That is the area where Turkic languages first originated.

  55. Anonymous says:

    I was born and raised in northern Minnesota. I remember one particular blizzard that dumped a few feet of snow complete with the blowing and drifting. After the storm, the skies cleared, the wind continued, and the wind chill fell to a -79 degrees(F). The actual temp was somewhere in the -30s(F).
    I live in Texas now and have had my share of scorching heat, as well. I much prefer being too cold to being too hot, any day!
    You can always add more clothing to stay warm but you can remove(in public, lawfully)only so much to stay cool.
    Though I cursed it when I had to drive in it and shovel it, I must admit that, nearly 30 years later, I miss the snow and cold.
    The weather might have been cold in Minnesota, but I will always remember the people as “warm and friendly”.

  56. christie210 says:

    Being from South Louisiana, I hate it when it gets to 40 degrees! But we did get snow a couple of weeks ago…first time like that in 30 years!

  57. Anonymous says:

    Im a Florida girl, born and bred… I’d DIE there!!!!!

  58. ranger fan says:

    And we are afraid of GLOBAL WARMING???

  59. MollyMaguire says:

    Lived in Fairbanks, AK (about the same latitude) for about 6 years and experienced -55F or so a couple times. What’s funny is how after a week of temperatures like that, when it warms up -15F, it feels balmy. You can actually sense the extra humidity in the air. I rode my bike a lot and found that I didn’t have to wear any more clothing at -40F than I did at -20F because the friction of everything; the dry snow, the lubrication in the gears and cable housing, my clothing, was that much greater that I expended more energy going the same distance.

  60. Anonymous says:

    Seriously, I used to live in Alaska for a short time, originally from Texas and I have lived up in the mountains in Utah were it got down to -10F not including the wind chill factor. My face gets cold when it’s in the 30′s.

    How in the heck do people stand their skin to be exposed when it’s in the negative degrees?? I was watching the video, it was -31C which equates to -23.8F, yet everyone was running around with bare faces or no gloves. How do they do it?? Baffled!

  61. Anonymous says:

    im freezing my ass off in 48-F in las vegas

    i would die out there

  62. Alex_M says:

    Can’t be that bad if people have lived there so long… By comparison I think Norilsk seems pretty horrible, even though it’s a major town.

  63. Ugly Canuck says:

    Well, it gets cold up here, right said, that.
    Gotta keep the engines running non-stop once yer below -40 degrees, can’t get them started again if they stop. Rubber can shatter like glass, and all outside work halts, it’s simply too damned cold.
    ” Oh God, who can withstand Thy cold?” – attributed to frozen-in ship’s captain’s log, found on board after the death of all hands after an early season freeze-up, within sight of land, but yet unreachable over the fractured ice.
    It may not make us hardier but the cold season does force you to plan ahead and lay in stores if you wish to survive the winter. Also you need to help others, if you leave them outside they will die.
    So North people tend to work harder, so as to stock the larder for the dark frozen days, and we are usually socialists (Russia China Canada Sweden Finland Denmark Norway), taking care of the shelterless, if only to avoid frozen-corpse “cleanup duty”. But actually we help for more than just that (good) reason.
    I understand that in the South being shelterless is not an automatic death sentence, and that farmers can take off three crops a year, sometimes. Where it is warm all the year round, people can take care of themselves with greater ease, it seems, so they are less socialist “by nature”, so to speak.
    Up in the frozen North we must work together, if we are to live at all.

  64. millfoil2001 says:

    You folks are wussies! I spent the Winter before the Exxon Valdez disaster (88/89) in a place called Umiat, Alaska. At one point, we hit -85 f/c (Yes, minus eighty five, no wind!), and all of our insulated and heat traced cast iron sewer lines froze solid, amoung other things. We had to hook up a welding machine to the lines to thaw them. So luckily yes, they were iron. Then a couple of weeks later, with the temps considerably “warmer”, we had sustained winds OVER 115 mph for 12 solid hours! You cannot imagine the problems we encountered. Anyone interested, e-mail me, and I’ll fill you in. millbot1000@yahoo.com

  65. Takuan says:

    next step:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lifted_condensation_level

    (why you see clouds at that height)

  66. strumpet windsock says:

    Yeah Mathew, I bet they have a few bugs there in the summer.

    Song cue
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbaQWYXiazE

  67. Takuan says:

    and of course,a dozen kinds of:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fog

  68. Anonymous says:

    I just moved from WA to So. California. I hate that peple are complaining that it is cold here when it is only 46 degrees outside! Please!

    As for these guys, I would love to sponsor one of them here to So Cal so they could play on sandy beaches. Think of those kids’ faces. Man, they would be shocked at the warmth of San Diego or Sacramento.

  69. Ugly Canuck says:

    In fact the Wires tell me that some poor soul froze to death overnight on a Montreal park bench. C’est la vie, et la morte, in the frozen Nord. Pardonnez-moi ma francaise barbare.

  70. strumpet windsock says:

    Robert…

    I expect you’re joking, but the fact is people have been living up north since the glaciers melted, and without the benefit of Safeways.

    Not that Saskatoon is exactly north (we are only one degree further north than London UK) but it is going back down into the -30s tomorrow.

    For anyone who hasn’t experienced these temperatures… pay a visit here before you freak out about it. It’s actually easier to bear than the sweltering heat we get in the summer.

    And as a matter of fact, we DO grow your food. Do you think your t-bone steaks and the fine durum wheat for your spaghetti grow in Manhattan?

  71. 0rphan says:

    I live in upstate NY and last weeks winter weather advisory said: “Lake effect snow and frozen fog” Frozen Fog?!? wtf?!? Hey kids watch your heads on those big floating chunks of ice out there..

  72. igpajo says:

    What alpinwolf said in post #9 got me thinking about humidity and cold. It’s one thing to be cold and dry, but it’s quite another to be cold and wet! I was out running around with my kids sledding in 15 – 20 degree weather here yesterday and was never cold until I stopped to rest and snow on my jeans melted. Then, my legs were wet, and I felt so much colder. I can tolerate pretty cold weather as long as I’m dry. But if I’m wet and cold, man I’m done. I don’t care if it’s 20 degrees or 45, I’m going in.

  73. Anonymous says:

    wow I thought we were cold in Chicago with -6 degrees over the weekend. It’s not the cold for me; it’s the wind and the cold in my lungs. Horrible but tolerable.

  74. Anonymous says:

    No way i would live ther once i get of age and would be able to drive i would have moved.

  75. EH says:

    Sorry BoingBoing, but I do not patronize YouTube videos in which fast-forwarding/seeking is disabled.

  76. Jack says:

    Okay, so has anyone told them that Gengis Khan isn’t hunting them down anymore? It’s okay now to move to the warmer areas where the Gulags are.

  77. Anonymous says:

    When I moved from Fargo to Philadelphia (for spouse’s job) I heard “omyGAWD I could never live in a place that cold” so many times that I swore the next person who said that, I’d look at them good and hard and say “You’re probably right.” And then the comments stopped. Dang.

  78. bcsizemo says:

    I agree with the humidity and cold thing. Down here in the South it’s humid all year round. Well in comparison when it’s 90F in the summer at 60% r/humidity and probably only drops to 40-45% r/humidity in the winter. February is the coldest month usually, so it does dry up a bit, but the daytime is almost always above freezing.

    I used to work for a company that had a walk in freezer set at -4F. It was in a non air conditioned area, which at the time (July) was around 90-100. You could sit in there for 5 mins (shorts and tee shirt), all the sweat would be gone and your teeth would be chattering for the next 5 mins after you left. It was great.

  79. Anonymous says:

    WAO that is cool…i mean cool as in awesome..hehe..well..i would go there, but in that vehicle??? OMG, that thing looks like it would break down, and has no 4wd.
    anyways..its een 10F here in Connecticut…how much of a difference can minus 40F be?? its cold, cold is cold!!!!!!
    i guess the only difference, is that you freeze in 2 seconds at 40F, no time to feel the difference, lol

  80. AGF says:

    Hey! I’m in Saskatoon too. Supposed to be -35 Tuesday night. I’m looking forward to long dog walks! I bike all year round – I do find I need more clothes for -40 than -15 (especially my hands)- but I have to be careful not to overheat and start sweating. Igpajo – wool is actually pretty good if you have to be wet and cold.
    I think it would be neat to go somewhere really cold like this town and see how much colder -60 is.

  81. 0rphan says:

    “oh jeez.
    here in southern california we’re whining now that it’s getting into the 50s and 40s. I feel like such a wimp. -60 degrees?? I can’t even imagine.

    I wonder what their suicide rates are like.”

    I donno #83 but I was just reading a web page yesterday – a woman that was answering questions about living in Alaska, and she did mention a few times that there is a lot of depressed people there due to cold, lack of sun ect, but the nice thing is that suicide would be very neat and quick – no need to bloody up the house with a gunshot wound – just run outside stark naked, shouldn’t take too long, dead before ya know it. Plus you get to be numbed up right quick as ya go along.

    I imagine if ones serious about the suicide it might be a good idea to lock the door behind you and leave the keys in the house though…

  82. Teller says:

    Oy-my-akon nose. Strictly an LA weenie.

  83. Anonymous says:

    I’m in Indianapolis. Our record low is -25F January 19, 1994. I’ll never forget it. The analog clock in my car froze at 4:25AM. However, I was relieved it started!

    I can’t imagine living in that cold weather on a daily basis! It got down to 2F today and the city was freaking out–water pipes bursting dead car batteries, flat tires, etc. It will be 60F this Saturday!

    RLC

  84. Alys says:

    Wow, there’s a lot of Saskatoonites on BB! I’m hoping the weather will warm up a bit before I head there next week!

    -60F sounds miserable… makes the -25C weather Calgary is dealing with sound rather mild.

  85. Anonymous says:

    I was born in Brazil and now I commute between Switzerland and The Netherlands.
    It’s an awkward feeling because The Netherlands doesn’t have a true summer and neither a true winter, so for holidays we usually go to Switzerland (closest drive for fun), either for summer or winter.
    Last winter I went to the Dent du Midi (~4000m high), near the Mont Blanc and I went in the open to take some pictures with my brand new Nikon reflex camera… Fantastic pictures, deep blue sky and vast snowy peaks, but with the windchill factor it was -45C and my brand new lens just snapped broken after the third shot. When I realized that, I noticed my eyes were hurting and my nose hairs were frozen.
    At least I still have those pictures to remember me the experience. In one of them you can see some climbers dressed in NatGeo like heavy winter clothes suffering with the wind gusts.
    Cheers!

  86. Anonymous says:

    Lived in Calgary for a year — 40C in the summer, -40C in the winter. Not hot, but cold in the shade. The truth of it really struck home during a fall wander through the Stampede grounds — suddenly I was hit full force by a wave of humidity. Gasping like a fish, I say to hubby “Water!” He looks at me in bewilderment, until it hits him too. Gaze into a trickle they call a river.

    We live on Lake Ontario: 27C plus humidity is worse than 40C without, and in dry climates shade is respite. But in winter, the same applies: humid climates vary less between sun and shade.

  87. Anonymous says:

    I grew up in the Michigan snowbelt. Never understood what cold was until I moved to Chicago in January ’85 – just in time for -27F (-33C). It hit 106F (41C) a couple years later.
    Since then, it’s gotten REALLY interesting. Although my office is in chicago, I spend a week every month in Puerto Rico. When I left San Juan Sunday it was about 86F (30C) landed in Chicago five hours later it was about 0F (-21C).
    My friends in PR get out their woollies at about 68F (20C)

  88. adamnvillani says:

    I’m a lifelong Californian whose hometown almost never went below freezing, so naturally people thought it was cold when nighttime temperatures dropped into the 40s (below 10 C).

    But you know what? People who had recently moved in from the Midwest — Michigan, Ohio, etc. acted the same way!

    It’s just that back home they’re used to blasting their heaters and piling on a ton of warm clothes in the winter. There’s nothing magical about growing up in a cold climate that makes you hardier in the winter.

  89. Anonymous says:

    The average recorded temperature on Mars is -63° C (-81° F) with a maximum temperature of 20° C (68° F) and a minimum of -140° C (-220° F).

  90. Purly says:

    I can see Sarah Palin’s house in the distance!

  91. ChunkyMonkeyBrain says:

    I think I see a Starbucks there in the video at some point.

  92. Anonymous says:

    I am in North Florida with my heat on 80 F. I would NEVER survive there. I have never seen snow and am in my 20′s. I have traveled all over the earth and refuse to see snow. Maybe one day…

  93. saragorn says:

    What did they mean, “this is going to be tonights shower ?” Are they going to heat the ice that is in the barrel up? This is a great little video!

  94. Anonymous says:

    So I have a serious question, what would happen to a citizen of that town if they were to hop on plane and go to Las Vegas, NV or Phoenix, AZ were the temperature averages like 150 degrees in the other direction? Man would that suck for them!

  95. Anonymous says:

    Oh, thanks for your post and interest in my region. Btw, I wrote much about Oymyakon on my blog AskYakutia.com

  96. Ugly Canuck says:

    AKcattrapper: A burrow?

  97. forgeweld says:

    Igpago-cotton kills! Get some proper gear! One of the funniest bumper stickers I saw this year was ‘Dick Cheney skis in blue jeans.’

  98. Anonymous says:

    man i live in texas and just tonight it was like 37f and i was cold out of my ass and i would never imagine live in negative 60 degrees i would rather live in 100f and just wear a t-shirt and im good because the pool is their to cool you off

    • Anonymous says:

      i’m a texan living in sarapul, russia. it is a dry cold. it doesn’t “suck” the heat out of you like wet texas air. -34 yesterday and i walked about 4 miles. we have good clothes here, too.

  99. Alpinwolf says:

    After reviewing Tak’s #45 link, I guess I really meant “Tule fog” and not “ground”, which I thought was just local jargon, but turns out to be a genuine term.

    I vastly prefer ocean fog (Advection, technically, I guess) over Tule fog any day.

    And snow over rain, cuz snow stays where you put it. :)

    Another thermal quirk: Coldest I’ve been exposed to was 2*F. That was a record for the town for the prior 80 years. Also that day the ~100 year old train station caught fire. In the half mile from the fire hall, the trucks’ water lines froze, delaying any help to the building.

    The inferno that station became was unbearably hot by direct radiation. From about 200 ft away I was afraid my face would burn like a sunburn. But the air was still frigid and the rest of me was shivering in my heaviest clothes. (just a spectator; I’da been fine by just walking) Too hot and too cold at the same time was sucky and discombobulating.

  100. strumpet windsock says:

    One time I was in Germany in the late fall; it was around 0C and very humid. I was freezing, and my hosts were giving me the gears about being wimpy for a Canadian.
    As soon as it dropped below freezing the air dried up; I was warm again, and they couldn’t stand the cold. So yes, humidity is very relevant.

    I remember when I was a kid they were big into wind chill, and the news reports would always tell us how cold it was by how quickly exposed skin would freeze … 3 minutes, 1 minute or 30 seconds.

    The coldest I have ever experienced was about 2 weeks in the low -40s (-49 most nights). No wind chill, because the air was not moving at all. That was in southern Manitoba in January 1996. It was so cold everything was breaking and cracking – trees, tools, tire nuts. After I broke two axe handles I gave up doing anything out of doors until that cold snap broke. I brought the car battery indoors every night, and one morning had to drain the crankcase and cook the oil up on the stove to get the car going.

    And one more dig about how unenvironmental life up north is – what is worse… 1200 people in a town living off the bush, or a city like Las Vegas in the middle of a desert with its air conditioners running 24/7?

  101. eustace says:

    What horrible crime did the reporter commit, that made his editors send him to Siberia…

  102. Alpinwolf says:

    I’m struggling to resist a rant about Fresno, but that Tule fog wiki is giving me PTSD flashbacks. Note the 80- and 108-vehicle pileups due to fog….

    (No disrespect to our Vets, I just still get queasy remembering living there.)

  103. desprez says:

    The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station gets colder.

    They have this thing called The 300 Club.
    See, once the outside temp reaches -100° F, they sit in a sauna until it reaches 200° F, then run outside naked to the pole marker and back.
    They experience a shocking 300° temperature change, hence, The 300 Club.

    Apparently, the very very dry air helps to not get scaled or frozen.

    The 300 Club

  104. dmcq says:

    In Houston, 30 F is cold. If you want cold and wind, go to Mount Washington, New Hampshire, home of the highest recorded winds ever. Right now it’s -9.4 F, with sustained winds of 95.2 mph and gusts over 100 mph. Wind chill is -52.5 F. http://www.mountwashington.org

  105. toxonix says:

    I’d live there in a second but for the squeaky snow. I find it intolerable.

  106. Antarctic Mike says:

    Would love to run a marathon in this place! Colder than Antarctica or Mount Washington!!

  107. Anonymous says:

    I’m between being amused and annoyed. I’m amused at how wimpy most of the posters seem to be. I used to go cross country skiing for fun in -45 C and it was no problem. I fail to see what the big deal is about it being cold. I love the snow. I’m annoyed at the video for being so ethno-centric in its portrayal of another people. That town seems to me to be just as civilized as any other I’ve ever been to. Did you see that store? It’s not like they were selling live chickens. It was all wrapped in plastic just like any other convenience store in the “modern” world. And the school seemed pretty nice. The houses were all clean and modern. The commentator made it sound like we were seeing some lost tribe of cavemen or something. And he got there by CAR, on a ROAD. If he wants to see “backwoods” places he needs to get out more.

  108. Anonymous says:

    I live in North Dakota. The other day it was -23F actual and -50F with windchill…we didn’t even cancel school. Haha!

  109. johnny_suede says:

    So if we send Sakha astronauts to mars……No it won’t work, huskies hate space suits.

  110. Anonymous says:

    its a nice sunny 50 degrees f here in the bay area in california :P

  111. Jerril says:

    Top Tip: Squeaky snow is a sign that it’s very cold out.

  112. Anonymous says:

    Ummm, #52 Did you forget the major storm of March 1993 that dumped a FOOT of snow on the State of GA, USA???

  113. Anonymous says:

    I wish they would send us some of that cold air in, say, a one trillion cubic foot box. I live in Florida, and our Christmas is going to be 80F.

  114. Greg says:

    Makes me feel a lot better about having to spend Xmas in Saskatoon, which will be a relatively mild -26C this evening.

  115. Anonymous says:

    (Coming from Pasadena, California…65 is cold for me! haha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At 65 F we wear scarves and jackets and furry boots =D

  116. Anonymous says:

    you know how I know it’s cold outside when you go out to pee and you see a frozen yellow stick instead of a puddle or when you cry tears freeze as they fall

  117. Anonymous says:

    brrr. i’m sitting in a warm office , and outside i see that it is rainy and feel very cold. temperature outside-50 degrees f. i would die out there.

  118. misshallelujah says:

    @Prometheusg #11

    Jeez, here in south Texas it never snowed in the 20th century.

    Here in tropical Singapore it has never snowed. Ever. Anything that goes below 25C is considered to be abnormally freaky cold weather.

    What I can’t get over is that guy in the video was touching stuff in the -30C weather with his bare hands. Ouch.

  119. Anonymous says:

    oh jeez.
    here in southern california we’re whining now that it’s getting into the 50s and 40s. I feel like such a wimp. -60 degrees?? I can’t even imagine.

    I wonder what their suicide rates are like.

  120. peterscottcanada says:

    Saskatonians are obsessed with the weather. I know, because I’m one.

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