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Surviving Winter in Yakutsk, the World's Coldest City
Slate ^ | Jan. 31 2014 12:30 PM | Ella Morton

Posted on 02/06/2014 12:57:34 PM PST by Pan_Yan

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To watch the sun rise during winter in Yakutsk, you need to set your alarm clock for 10:40 a.m. In late December, the sun will appear a few minutes later, softly illuminating a few scurrying, fur-clad forms on the snowy fog-filled streets.

Yakutsk, located in Yakutia, a republic in Siberia, is the world's coldest city. In January the mean temperature hovers around minus 40 F, but days in the negative 70s are not unheard of. At this level of coldness, it's best not to wear glasses outside—the metal freezes and sticks to your face, making it difficult to remove your specs without tearing off chunks of cheek.

The 270,000 residents of Yakutsk have a few key methods for surviving the unrelenting cold. The first is to spend as little time as possible outside.

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TOPICS: Travel; Weather
KEYWORDS: cold; russia; siberia; weather; yakutsk
I grew up in Montana but I've lived down south for long enough that I'd be willing to try it for a few weeks. I'n not sure I could hang for a full winter, though.
1 posted on 02/06/2014 12:57:34 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Siberian sushi, river fish caught in the winter are instantly flash frozen. Use a sharp knife and slice thin slices and wash down with vodka.


2 posted on 02/06/2014 1:03:03 PM PST by AU72
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To: Pan_Yan

I’ve lived through -39 in Bozeman, Montana once...

As they say, when we spoke, our words would freeze and drop to the ground, not thawing until Spring (read July). As the built up words thawed, it sounded like crowds of people shouting outside.


3 posted on 02/06/2014 1:03:18 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

It was 29 degrees in Atlanta this morning ... 50 higher than in Billings, MT where I grew up.


4 posted on 02/06/2014 1:04:20 PM PST by Pan_Yan (Who told you that you were naked? Genesis 3:11)
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To: Pan_Yan

I’m living in the frozen northeast....I’ll pass.


5 posted on 02/06/2014 1:04:36 PM PST by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: Pan_Yan

270k is a LOT of people.

I visited Fairbanks AK last year and was surprised by how small it was.


6 posted on 02/06/2014 1:06:04 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Pan_Yan
Is Yakutsk still part of the “Risk” board game?

As I recall (from the 1960’s version), me and my junior high school pals would mass HUGE armies in Alaska and Yakutsk, and then engage in suicidal mass slaughters trying to break into Asia or North America on alternate turns.

7 posted on 02/06/2014 1:06:27 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: Pan_Yan

Yakutsk and Irkutsk - the only territories in Risk that never have a big battle. But they were always fun to pronounce.

8 posted on 02/06/2014 1:06:37 PM PST by kidd
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To: zeestephen
Your thinking of Kamchatka.
9 posted on 02/06/2014 1:07:25 PM PST by Pan_Yan (Who told you that you were naked? Genesis 3:11)
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To: Pan_Yan

Heh.

-40 to -70? Nope.

Reminds of a poem about the Kolyma Basin in Siberia, home of many a Gulag camp.

“Kolyma; wonderful planet.
Twelve months winter
The rest...summer.”


10 posted on 02/06/2014 1:07:33 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Pan_Yan

Stock up on fuel, food and on supplies for making alcoholic beverages and the winter just flies by whever you are.
And remember: no lawn mowing in winter!


11 posted on 02/06/2014 1:07:34 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Pan_Yan

You’re not your.

Dang it.


12 posted on 02/06/2014 1:07:53 PM PST by Pan_Yan (Who told you that you were naked? Genesis 3:11)
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To: Pan_Yan

Maybe we should send Al Gore there to warm things up.


13 posted on 02/06/2014 1:09:30 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: Pan_Yan
Earlier this month I spent a night in city 200 miles north of Montreal and the temp went to -42 Celsius...which is something like -46F.I wanna tell ya...that's COLD! The gas station where I went to fill up told me their diesel pumps weren't working because it was too cold.
14 posted on 02/06/2014 1:09:34 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: Pan_Yan
I had thought cities bordering on the Arctic ocean like Archangel, Murmansk or Barrow, Alaska would be the world's coldest. But Yakutsk has AVERAGE highs in December and January below -30. I guess its inland location and long distance from any large body of water makes for these temperature extremes.

What keeps people there beyond the fact that one-fifth of the world's diamonds are mined in the general vicinity?

15 posted on 02/06/2014 1:13:05 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

I have no idea what employs 270,000 people in that place but now that you’ve asked I’ll have to look it up.


16 posted on 02/06/2014 1:15:59 PM PST by Pan_Yan (Who told you that you were naked? Genesis 3:11)
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To: Pan_Yan

It’s probably that cold in places in Nunavut, Canada. There are almost no cities in that province...


17 posted on 02/06/2014 1:24:06 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: Pan_Yan
Doesn't look to bad... the forecast for today is a high of -36 degrees!

http://www.accuweather.com/en/ru/yakutsk/290150/weather-forecast/290150

18 posted on 02/06/2014 1:25:46 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Pan_Yan

Just checked Wunderground.com for several cool locales. Current temps are:

Yakutsk, Russia -45 F.
Ojmjakon, Russia -48 F.
Vostok, Antarctica -57 F.


19 posted on 02/06/2014 1:27:24 PM PST by Perseverando (Obamanation: It's ALL about PEOPLE CONTROL!)
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To: Pan_Yan

According to Wiki:

“Yakutsk is responsible for a fifth of the world’s production of diamonds,[6] and is home to ALROSA and other mining companies. The city is also home to a significant food industry, to tanneries, to sawmills, and to factories for building materials.[6]

Yakutia Airlines has its head office in the city.”

Lots of mining, fishing, milling, and, some industry. Decent looking town from the pictures. Decent enough looking town from the pics.


20 posted on 02/06/2014 1:28:55 PM PST by FAA
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To: Pan_Yan

No thanks. I like the cool weather and all.

See, I said “cool”.

This is just ridiculous.


21 posted on 02/06/2014 1:30:16 PM PST by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

1964.... 54 below.....Gunnison Colo.


22 posted on 02/06/2014 1:33:48 PM PST by ontap
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To: Vigilanteman

Yes, Yakutsk is the classic northern continental climate. It gets cold in the winter because there are no bodies of water to moderate the temperature.

It works that way in the summer, too. In July and early August, Yakutsk will get high temps in the 90s. In addition to being the coldest city on earth, it probably also has the largest range of annual high and low temperatures.


23 posted on 02/06/2014 1:35:16 PM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: Pan_Yan

What the devil do they heat with???


24 posted on 02/06/2014 1:36:02 PM PST by ontap
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To: nascarnation

I believe Fairbanks has around 55,000 people, making it the second biggest city in Alaska. None of the others even come close.


25 posted on 02/06/2014 1:40:35 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: FAA

And thus a safe place to be during the zombie apocalypse. Industry, civilization, infrastructure, fuel.


26 posted on 02/06/2014 1:42:58 PM PST by tbw2
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Yeah it’s smaller than Carmel Indiana, one of our suburbs.
It’s such a famous town I expected that it was bigger but as soon as landed at the airport I figured it out.


27 posted on 02/06/2014 1:44:25 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: nascarnation

Between “Alaska State Troopers” and “Buying Alaska”, we’re pretty much convinced that most of that state is a sh*thole.


28 posted on 02/06/2014 1:48:37 PM PST by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: ErnBatavia

It’s a very unique culture, a lot of poor people and everything is expensive compared to the midwest.

And I can see where the winter with 20+ hrs darkness days can cause a multitude of problems.

Even here in Indiana with the harsh winter I saw an interview with the cops saying domestic disturbances are way up as people are cooped up indoors.


29 posted on 02/06/2014 1:53:27 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: ErnBatavia

“Between “Alaska State Troopers” and “Buying Alaska”, we’re pretty much convinced that most of that state is a sh*thole.

Television has a way of warping the brain.


30 posted on 02/06/2014 2:00:05 PM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Gay State Conservative

I lived in Prince Albert, Sask....it got to -42 there once...you can hardly breathe when outside....the neighbors had left sheets on the clothesline....couldn’t figure out why they didn’t take them in...someone told me...they would BREAK. Oh, and make sure you don’t forget to plug in your car!


31 posted on 02/06/2014 2:01:17 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Pan_Yan

Are you certain that the coldest city is not in Minnesota? I am getting cold just thinking about going outside again today. So, we are now in February and our average high temperature in Minneapolis now is about 27 degrees F - but all this week we are hovering around zero to 10 degrees F. By my math, that means we are about 20 degrees below normal all this week.

Not to worry though, because they are promising the temperature over the weekend will be warmer - all the way up to about 12-15 degrees.


32 posted on 02/06/2014 2:05:01 PM PST by Gumdrop
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To: Pan_Yan

“If-you-thought-it’s-cold-where-your-are-just-think-if-you-lived-in-Yakutsk” bump.

Global Warming remains real -you’re hotter than Yakutsk.

/s


33 posted on 02/06/2014 2:08:02 PM PST by Justa
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To: envisio; Billthedrill

-15F near Spirit Lake this morning. Wind had a definite edge to it when I went out to do the chores. Horses all had frost in their whiskers. Wood stove did a great job of keeping us warm.


34 posted on 02/06/2014 2:15:20 PM PST by Noumenon (Resistance. Restoration. Retribution.)
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To: SkyDancer

Are you not familiar with the Gore Effect? The place sure wouldn’t get warmer.....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gore_Effect


35 posted on 02/06/2014 2:29:48 PM PST by bigdaddy45
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To: goodnesswins
I lived in Prince Albert, Sask...

Never been to Sask but I have been to Manitoba...a whole lotta flat land up there,that's for sure.As for my car,I was stunned by the fact that,although I couldn't plug it in,it started like a champ.It's a diesel so for the first half hour or so it sounded like a Mack truck though.Of course an entire winter like that would probably hurt the battery if you didn't plug it in.

36 posted on 02/06/2014 2:40:28 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: Pan_Yan

Has to be wind temperature


37 posted on 02/06/2014 2:54:37 PM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: Noumenon
-15F near Spirit Lake this morning.

Had to run through there last weekend - somebody rolled an anhydrous ammonia tanker about a mile from my turn and I ended up driving to Newport and then to Priest Lake. In a snowstorm.

-5 in Moscow this AM. I don't know about yesterday because my outdoor sensor froze. I am not kidding. Cabelas sells fleece-lined jeans. Hooyah!

38 posted on 02/06/2014 3:10:17 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

Yeah fleece lined jeans are where it’s at. This is about the time when I get my fleece lined Carhartts down off the closet shelf. Even so, I pull on a Goretex shell over that to keep wind from cutting through.

Wind chills for the last couple of days have been in the -25 to -30 degree range at times. We kept the horses in yesterday for that reason.


39 posted on 02/06/2014 3:33:38 PM PST by Noumenon (Resistance. Restoration. Retribution.)
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To: Pan_Yan

What fuels their economy?

I mean. you probably don’t have a thriving tourist economy supporting people.


40 posted on 02/06/2014 7:32:54 PM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Pan_Yan

The fact that Yakutsk is responsible for a fifth of the world’s production of diamonds might explain why 270K people live there.


41 posted on 02/06/2014 7:42:28 PM PST by Fzob (Jesus + anything = nothing, Jesus + nothing = everything)
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To: FAA

You can look at it on google street view, looks like a S*%#hole to me


42 posted on 02/07/2014 3:35:43 AM PST by yank in the UK ( A liberal mocking Christianity. I asked "why don't you mock Islam?" he replied "Muslims are violent)
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To: Noumenon

“”””-15F near Spirit Lake this morning. Wind had a definite edge to it when I went out to do the chores. Horses all had frost in their whiskers. Wood stove did a great job of keeping us warm.””””

I want to be where you are... well I don’t mean with you like that, I mean on the farm tending to the horses and the wood stove... like that. My own place, you know... with my wife... and not with that temperature either, more like a minimum of 20degrees.

Oh how I sit and dream about that while I’m in this cubicle box...


43 posted on 02/10/2014 6:57:50 AM PST by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
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To: nascarnation

On the plus side, there’s probably zero panhandling in Yakutsk.


44 posted on 02/10/2014 7:13:03 AM PST by citizen (There is always free government cheese in the mouse trap.....https://twitter.com/kracker0)
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