Skip to comments.Surviving Winter in Yakutsk, the World's Coldest City
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 outsidethe 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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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.
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.
It was 29 degrees in Atlanta this morning ... 50 higher than in Billings, MT where I grew up.
I’m living in the frozen northeast....I’ll pass.
270k is a LOT of people.
I visited Fairbanks AK last year and was surprised by how small it was.
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.
Yakutsk and Irkutsk - the only territories in Risk that never have a big battle. But they were always fun to pronounce.
-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
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!
You’re not your.
Maybe we should send Al Gore there to warm things up.
What keeps people there beyond the fact that one-fifth of the world's diamonds are mined in the general vicinity?
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.
It’s probably that cold in places in Nunavut, Canada. There are almost no cities in that province...
Just checked Wunderground.com for several cool locales. Current temps are:
Yakutsk, Russia -45 F.
Ojmjakon, Russia -48 F.
Vostok, Antarctica -57 F.
According to Wiki:
“Yakutsk is responsible for a fifth of the world’s production of diamonds, 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.
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.
No thanks. I like the cool weather and all.
See, I said “cool”.
This is just ridiculous.
1964.... 54 below.....Gunnison Colo.
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.
What the devil do they heat with???
I believe Fairbanks has around 55,000 people, making it the second biggest city in Alaska. None of the others even come close.
And thus a safe place to be during the zombie apocalypse. Industry, civilization, infrastructure, fuel.
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.
Between “Alaska State Troopers” and “Buying Alaska”, we’re pretty much convinced that most of that state is a sh*thole.
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.
“Between Alaska State Troopers and Buying Alaska, were pretty much convinced that most of that state is a sh*thole.
Television has a way of warping the brain.
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!
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.
Global Warming remains real -you’re hotter than Yakutsk.
-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.
Are you not familiar with the Gore Effect? The place sure wouldn’t get warmer.....
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.
Has to be wind temperature
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!
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.
What fuels their economy?
I mean. you probably don’t have a thriving tourist economy supporting people.
The fact that Yakutsk is responsible for a fifth of the world’s production of diamonds might explain why 270K people live there.
You can look at it on google street view, looks like a S*%#hole to me
“”””-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...
On the plus side, there’s probably zero panhandling in Yakutsk.
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