Wednesday, February 06, 2008

This is officially the coldest place in the North

I've never had e-mails like it. This one from Justin, came in about three hours after Sue's e-mail about cold weather. I don't know him, but apparently he travels in Russia and would not like to spend time in a Gulag. Personally, I'm still going to give my vote for the hardiest person to Craig, who has to lecture to the Inuit in mid winter. There is not a lot of joy in that.

Ps, it is about time we had a cold photo. This was taken on the top of Ben Nevis on Castle Ridge by Cassio Cassio. See his photos on How cold was it? Very, very. John

Neither of you are even warm yet, when it comes to coldest.

Oymyakon, in Eastern Siberia, has an average winter temperature of -96F The little village is home to 900 permanent residents, who endure winter for nine months out of the year, and considered −30 F "balmy"

This area is in the East Siberian taiga (northern coniferous forest) and is so cold because it is located near the eastern end of the world's largest land mass and blocked by mountain ranges from moderating oceanic influences.
Even in the middle of winter, places right around the ocean, even though they are much farther north, don't grow as cold as those farther from the ocean.
The Russian Vostok Station in Antarctica holds the record for the coldest official temperature on Earth, -129 F, recorded on July 21, 1983. The average low for August there is -103 F. This station is on the Antarctic Plateau, where the South Pole is located, but even farther from an ocean than the Pole.
2,000 years ago Scotland was almost tropical. It was still pretty warm when the Vikings were invading the North West Coast.

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