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Offline MamaLiberty

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The coldest town on Earth
« on: January 19, 2015, 10:44:15 AM »
I bookmarked this story... just in case I was ever tempted to complain about how cold it is in Wyoming.  :o

The coldest town on Earth

Oymyakon (OIM-yah-cone), Russia, a village of just under 500 residents in northeast Siberia, is widely considered the world's coldest permanently inhabited town.

On Feb. 6, 1933, an observer, there, measured a temperature of -89.8 degrees Fahrenheit! This is a full 10 degrees colder than the U.S. cold record of -79.8 degrees F at Prospect Creek, Alaska on Jan. 23, 1971. (Incidentally, the record coldest temperature measured on Earth was at the Russian South Pole research station of Vostok, Antarctica (-128.6 deg. F) on July 21, 1983.)

According to Weather Underground's Christopher Burt (Wunderblog), unofficial temperatures as cold as -108 degrees F have been measured in Oymyakon. Mr. Burt says there's no record of temperatures rising above zero degrees F between December 1 and March 1!

Even Alaska's coldest interior valleys may only suffer through temperatures in the -40s or colder for, say, a week or two (no minor task, of course) before there's a "warmer" break. No such luck in a Siberian winter!
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Re: The coldest town on Earth
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2015, 11:48:26 PM »
Ouch! I guess the town is also called "We with no toes"  >:D
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Re: The coldest town on Earth
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2015, 03:08:24 PM »
Speaking of Siberia, the film "Happy People: A Year in The Taiga" is worth watching. It's a documentary where the film captures a year in the life of Russian fur trappers. They are some pretty hardy people. One of the most interesting comments was one a trapper made about freedom. In Soviet Russia, he had found one of the only places to be free. It's not a fast-paced action film but we still thoroughly enjoyed it.