We may be seeing the coldest temps ever recorded
Temperatures across America have dropped to record or near-record levels this winter. It’s snowing in places that have sub-tropical climates and entire cities are shutting down as snow and ice make travel impossible. You may think that you’ve got it bad, but there are cities that are so cold that everything is getting covered in a thick layer of ice, even skin and hair.
Some Russian villages are experiencing the coldest temperatures that have ever been reported.
Coldest City on Earth
Oymyakon, Russia isn’t the northernmost city on the Earth. It’s not even in the top ten northernmost cities, yet this little Russian village is so cold right now that eyelashes are collecting frost.
Last year, officials in the Siberian outpost installed a digital thermometer to show tourists just how cold it was in case they wanted to pay them a visit and experience extremely cold temperatures for themselves. The thermometer recently got down to minus 62 degrees Celsius (minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit) before breaking due to the cold, but the residents are reporting that it’s closer to minus 67 this year. That temperature is the coldest ever on record in the Northern Hemisphere.
People who populate the area have been posting selfies outside where their clothing, skin, and even facial hair are gathering frost. Still, these resilient people aren’t letting the extreme temperature stop them from living their normal lives.
Astoundingly, a group of Chinese tourists wanting to experience the coldest temperatures ever stripped down to their skivvies to take a swim in a spring in the minus 60 degree Celsius temperatures. It was surprising that the spring was not frozen, but it may be naturally heated. Still the water was extremely cold.
Living in Snow
If you drive 21 hours West from Oymyakon, you’ll end up in Yakutsk, Russia. Video taken at a local fish market shows shoppers buying goods in an open-air market while the temperatures were in the negative 50s.
Also in Yatutsk, photographer Petr Chugunov asked a local ballerina to take photos outside in the snow when it was minus 41 degrees Celsius. The ballerina wore a fur coat and a little else to take the stunning picture. “I got much criticism with people are saying that the girl must be cold or will have some other issues with her health,” Petr explained. He assured the media that he had boots for her to put on immediately after the shoot.
Though things will get warmer in the coming months, there’s no telling if temperatures will drop even lower than they are now before the winter breaks.
Many scientists are saying that this extreme winter is an obvious sign of global warming intensifying, yet others are claiming that it shows that there is no such thing as climate change.
“In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!” President Donald Trump tweeted on Dec. 28.
Those who study the atmosphere have recently concluded that this extreme winter and upcoming very hot spring, summer, and fall are obvious signs of the ever-rising temperatures to come. Director of the Priestley International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds Piers Forster explained, “We will still see significant warming and impacts this century if we don’t increase our ambition to reduce CO2 emissions.”
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