This Is Officially the Coldest Place on Earth

You think your town's cold? Thank your lucky stars you don't live in Siberia.

This Is Officially the Coldest Place on Earth

It's still only January, but it's been a pretty bone-chilling winter in North America so far. It's been so cold that fountains have been turned into icy statues, barges have gotten stuck in lakes transformed into skating rinks, and iguanas have been falling paralyzed out of Floridian trees.

Last Saturday, in fact, The Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire took the title of second coldest place on Earth with a temperature of -36 degrees Fahrenheit (-37.7 degrees Celsius), and a wind chill of a mind-boggling -94 degrees Fahrenheit (-70 C degrees Celsius).

If you look at the chart posted by the Observatory, however, you'll notice that the coldest place on Earth is a Jakutsk (alternatively spelled Yakutsk), a Russian port city deep in Siberia that's often considered the coldest city in the world. At -38 degrees Fahrenheit, it tied with Eureka, Nunavut, a small research facility located in the Canadian High Arctic.

But, as of today, another part of the world has both of those contenders beat. According to The Siberian Times, the small village of Oymyakon, which is located about 576 miles east of Yakutsk, got so cold that the public thermometer logged in -74 degrees Fahrenheit, before shattering from the pressure of this intense cold.

The reading has given the village the current crown for coldest place on Earth.

chinese tourists swimming in russia

Of course, that didn't stop some Chinese tourists from taking part in the Russian tradition of jumping into an ice-cold outdoor spring, which magically doesn't freeze, even in these temperatures. Their brave antics managed to even impress the locals. "The horror!" resident Elena Pototskaya wrote on Instagram, "Even us locals are afraid of going out in this cold."

The intense temperatures also make way for some great art. Photographer Petr Chugunov took this stunning shot of a ballerina showing off her moves in the frosty wonderland.

"I really did take pictures of the ballerina outside in minus 41, it is not Photoshopped," he said. "It was my idea, actually it is my project, to photograph ballerinas on the city streets." And if you're feeling the chill this year—as so many people are—don't miss the 12 Genius Ways to Stay Warm This Winter. 

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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