Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The coldest town on earth.

Brrrrrrrrrr. It's cold. But it's not as cold as Yakutsk, Russia.

My friend Danny, The Vegemite King, is still visiting. He's been traveling a bit, and in his travels through frigid climates, he posed the question: what is the coldest inhabited city?

I haven't fact-checked this because his findings were startling enough, without needing to find ANOTHER cold city. Can you believe that around 200,000 people live in Yakutsk, a city in Siberia? The current temperature there -- a city that has real buildings, working stoplights, regular cars, a university, even an airport -- is -38F. That's minus (negative, folks!) thirty-eight degrees Fahrenheit. The high there this week is Minus31, with a low of Minus43. I watched one YouTube video where some Yakutsk-dweller basically says, "It's not really that bad unless it gets to negative 60. Then your lungs start to freeze and it's hard to breathe."

It's stupid cold in Louisville. The last time I bothered to check the temperature, it was 10. I hear it may have risen to 19 today. Hark! Whoo hoo! Rejoice! It has risen! Sorry, folks, when it's under 25 degrees, it all feels the same to me. People who choose to live in Chicago are silly, and those who choose to live in Yakutsk must be seriously troubled.

1 comment:

  1. Oymyakon, near Yakutsk is actually the coldest town, but it's much smaller than Yakutsk. Yakutsk is remarkable for being that large. Vostok in Antarctica has the coldest recorded temperature, but that was just a scientific station. No one lives in Antarctica.