Sunday, 28 December 2014

The Coldest Village on Earth

The Coldest Village on Earth

If you think that the winter where you live is cold, the people in the village of Oymyakon, Russia will have a good chuckle at your expense. Located in the heart of Siberian, Oymyakon is considered to be the coldest inhabitable place in the world. With a temperature record of −90°f (−67°c) back in 1933, and an average of −60°f (−50°c) in January, it's easy to see why.

Although winters in Oymyakon are long and excessively cold, summers are mild, sometimes with hot, and very hot, days. The warmest month on record is July 2010 with an average temperature of +18.7 °C (65.7 °F).[citation needed] In June, July and August temperatures over 30 °C (86 °F) are not rare during the day. On July 28, 2010, Oymyakon recorded a record high temperature of 34.6 °C (94 °F),[16] yielding a temperature range of 102.3 °C (184.1 °F). Verkhoyansk and Yakutsk are the only other places in the world with a temperature amplitude higher than 100 °C (180 °F).[citation needed]

The climate is quite dry, but as average monthly temperatures are below freezing for 7 months of the year, substantial evaporation occurs only in summer months. Summers are much wetter than winters.

[hide]Climate data for Oymyakon
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)−16.6
(2.1)
−12.5
(9.5)
2.0
(35.6)
11.7
(53.1)
26.2
(79.2)
31.1
(88)
34.6
(94.3)
33.1
(91.6)
23.7
(74.7)
11.3
(52.3)
−2.1
(28.2)
−6.5
(20.3)
34.6
(94.3)
Average high °C (°F)−44.1
(−47.4)
−37.2
(−35)
−20.1
(−4.2)
−3.4
(25.9)
9.4
(48.9)
18.9
(66)
23.3
(73.9)
18.4
(65.1)
8.5
(47.3)
−8.5
(16.7)
−30
(−22)
−41.1
(−42)
−8.8
(16.2)
Daily mean °C (°F)−47.4
(−53.3)
−43.3
(−45.9)
−30.1
(−22.2)
−12.8
(9)
3.3
(37.9)
12.3
(54.1)
15.8
(60.4)
10.9
(51.6)
2.4
(36.3)
−14.2
(6.4)
−34.2
(−29.6)
−44.4
(−47.9)
−15.1
(4.8)
Average low°C (°F)−51.4
(−60.5)
−50
(−58)
−40
(−40)
−24.7
(−12.5)
−4.8
(23.4)
3.3
(37.9)
6.2
(43.2)
2.2
(36)
−4.1
(24.6)
−20.7
(−5.3)
−39.3
(−38.7)
−48.5
(−55.3)
−22.6
(−8.7)
Record low °C (°F)−65.4
(−85.7)
−67.7
(−89.9)
−60.6
(−77.1)
−46.4
(−51.5)
−28.9
(−20)
−9.7
(14.5)
−9.3
(15.3)
−17.1
(1.2)
−25.3
(−13.5)
−47.6
(−53.7)
−58.5
(−73.3)
−62.8
(−81)
−67.7
(−89.9)
Precipitationmm (inches)6
(0.24)
7
(0.28)
5
(0.2)
6
(0.24)
13
(0.51)
34
(1.34)
45
(1.77)
39
(1.54)
23
(0.91)
14
(0.55)
12
(0.47)
8
(0.31)
215
(8.46)
Avg.precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)1210851212121210111512131
Mean monthlysunshine hours3412025131529830932224814113066162,250

When Amos Chappel, a photographer from New-Zealand, travelled to this frozen location, he brought back incredible pictures depicting the daily lives of the 500 inhabitants of this extraordinary village.
The only road to Oymyakon, known as "The Road of Bones"
The coldest Village on Earth
A cloud of cold, blowing into a local building
The coldest Village on Earth
The local market in Yakutsk
The coldest Village on Earth
 The coldest Village on Earth
 The coldest Village on Earth
A coal-burning plant provides the locals with heating
The coldest Village on Earth
 The coldest Village on Earth
You can't even leave your shoes outside
The coldest Village on Earth
 The coldest Village on Earth
The only shop in the village is a general store
The coldest Village on Earth
A cattle herdsman
The coldest Village on Earth
To keep his cows warm, a local farmer built them a special barn.
The coldest Village on Earth
 The coldest Village on Earth
 The coldest Village on Earth
The village sign: Oymyakon - "Pole of Cold"
The coldest Village on Earth
Cars must be kept running or else they freeze and won't restart.
The coldest Village on Earth
It's impossible to have indoor plumbing because it freezes
The coldest Village on Earth
 The coldest Village on Earth
 The coldest Village on Earth
A local beauty
The coldest Village on Earth
These dogs have an extra-thick layer of fur to keep them warm
The coldest Village on Earth
 The coldest Village on Earth
Some of the images were taken in nearby Yakutsk – the coldest city in the world.






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