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The people of Oymyakon, Russia, wish you would please use more fossil fuels

February 20, 2013

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A man passes a sign saying “Oymyakon ‘Pole of Cold'” on the site of a former meteorological station in the village of Oymyakon, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, January 26, 2013. The coldest temperatures in the northern hemisphere have been recorded in Sakha, the location of the Oymyakon valley, where according to the United Kingdom Met Office a temperature of -67.8 degrees Celsius (-90 degrees Fahrenheit) was registered in 1933 – the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century.

Photo credit: Maxim Shemetov, Reuters.

According to Wikipedia (yes, I know), the average temperature there is 16 degrees Fahrenheit. Temps will get into the 80s and even the 90s during the Summer months, but the averages in December and January are -56 and -58 degrees, respectively.

And those are averages. Which means it gets a buttload colder than even that.

Oh, and they only average 3 hours of sunshine per day in December.

Oykyamon’s population is 472, according (again) to Wikipedia. I betcha half of them are suicide counselors.

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