The Coldest City On Earth! Frozen Eyelashes! -88 Degrees! Welcome To Oymyakon Siberia!

Ever wonder what happens when you throw a cut of water in the air at -88 degrees?


Welcome To Oymyakon, Siberia!

Welcome to the coldest village on earth – where water freezes the moment it hits the air – and the brutal cold is with you year round – I love this kind of stuff – thanks to some great reporting!

It’s an amazing story in The Washington Post titled:

“In the coldest village on Earth, eyelashes freeze, dinner is frozen and temperatures sink to -88F”

As the story notes:

“In this remote outpost in Siberia, the cold is no small affair.

Eyelashes freeze, frostbite is a constant danger and cars are usually kept running even when not being used, lest their batteries die in temperatures that average minus-58 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, according to news reports.

This is Oymyakon, a settlement of some 500 people in Russiaโ€™s Yakutia region, that has earned the reputation as the coldest permanently occupied human settlement in the world.”

Wow! And as for those eyelashes:

Here is the video of the town’s fish market from the story, titled:

“Fishing market Yakutsk. Now 49C’ below zero”:

Cold enough for you? I can’t imagine living there, but for 500 hearty souls, it’s just another day in the life…you can read the whole story, thanks to the terrific Washington Post, by clicking here:

If you want to see more about life in Siberia, there is a terrific documentary that spends a year there:

Director Werner Herzog took a TV series from Russia about a year in the life of Siberia and cut it into a fantastic documentary called “Happy People” – and yes, when you catch a fish there, you can just leave it sit out, because it will freeze until you need it!

You can click here to see the trailer for this film, which is terrific:

Let me know if you are up for this kind of living!

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12 replies

  1. I am NEVER going to complain about winter in MA again! Okay, I probably will. Iโ€™ll try to keep Oymyakon in mind though!

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  2. This is incredible, John. I don’t know how people live in that kind of climate.

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  3. That’s a huge fish market, considering the town has only 500 inhabitants!
    They must eat a lot of fish.
    At least nobody needs to invest in a home freezer. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete.

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