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.
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