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szdaily -> Kaleidoscope
Outpost reaches near-record cold temperatures
    2018-January-18  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

WELCOME to the coldest village on Earth where the average temperature in January is minus 50 degrees Celsius and inhabitants’ eye lashes freeze solid mere moments after stepping outside.

The remote Siberian village of Oymyakon is the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world.

It was so icy in the Russian village that a new electronic thermometer conked out after recording a bone-cracking minus 62 degrees Celsius.

The official weather station at the “pole of cold” registered minus 59 degrees Celsius, but locals said their readings were as low as minus 67 degrees Celsius — less than one degree Celsius off the lowest accepted temperature for a permanent settlement anywhere in the world.

And that record-breaking recording was taken in the town back in 1933.

One villager in Oymyakon recorded a temperature of minus 67 degrees Celsius, while others agreed that the official reading of minus 59 degrees Celsius did not tell the full story.

The digital thermometer was installed last year to help Oymyakon market itself to tourists, but it gave up the ghost at minus 62 degrees Celsius.

“It broke because it was too cold,” reported The Siberian Times.

The village is home to around 500 hardy people and in the 1920s and 1930s was a stopover for reindeer herders who would water their flocks at the thermal spring.

This is how the town got its name, which translates to “the water that doesn’t freeze.”

The Soviet government later made the site a permanent settlement during a drive to force its nomadic population into putting down roots.

In 1933, a temperature of minus 67.7 degrees Celsius was recorded in Oymyakon, which is accepted as the lowest ever in the northern hemisphere.

Lower temperatures are recorded in Antarctica, but here there are no permanently inhabited settlements.

Daily problems that come with living in Oymyakon include pen ink freezing, glasses freezing to people’s faces and batteries losing power.

Rock solid earth makes burying the dead a difficult task. The earth must first have thawed sufficiently in order to dig, so a bonfire is lit for a few hours.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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