The Coldest Town on Earth is Oymyakon, Russia

@Corbin5 (115877)
United States
December 18, 2016 12:38pm CST
For those of us in the grip of below-zero temps and tons of snow, the residents of Oymyakon, Russia, have things much worse when it comes to cold and snow. Oymyakon, Russia, is the coldest town in the world. In this coldest town on earth, folks do adapt to Oymyakon's long-winter average temperature of -59 F (-50.5 C). Diamonds, gas and oil keep the residents of the coldest town on earth quite wealthy. 1. No toilets due to frozen pipes. Outhouses are use by the majority of residents. 2. They drink vodka! Lots of it. Oh, alcoholism is a problem in Oymyakon, Russia. 3. Water can be found in a thermal spring in Oymyakon, Russia, but that spring would have to be pretty short distance away to take advantage of it. 4. Heated garages for cars are a must for all residents. 5. If a resident of Oymyakon wants to drive to the store, suffer through a doctor or dentist appointment, or visit a relative or friend, the car or truck must remain running while the driver of the vehicle shops, visits or spends time with doctor or dentist. 6. It is best not to wear glasses when out and about in an Oymyakon winter since those glasses will freeze to the owners face. Ouch! 7. To dig a grave for a burial, a bonfire must be started atop the designated ground to facilitate the digging process. 8. Meat! Those folks in Oymyakon live on meat and fish since not a single crop can be grown there. 9. Oh yes, there is a short summer season in Oymyakon. The temperatures are warm during the short summer, about 65 F (18 C), but the mosquitoes drive the residents crazy and many complain that summer is too hot. 10. In the 1920s, the lowest temperature in Oymyakon, Russia, was -96.16 F (-71.2 C).
I'm Sebastian from Germany. I study meteorology and I was the youngest human ever who has visited the pole of cold in Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place o...
48 people like this
52 responses
@topffer (36061)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
18 Dec 16
I remember to have seen something about this place. Motors have to run during all winter or they would not be able to start before spring. Indeed a heated garage is a luxury. They can have diamonds, gold, gas, whatever they want, I would not spend the winter night in a place like this.
7 people like this
@marlina (77841)
• Canada
18 Dec 16
@topffer , I agree with you: they can keep all their gold+ more, I much prefer to live here in Canada.
5 people like this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
18 Dec 16
@topffer @marlina Well, we could go there for a short time, make a bundle of money, and then go home. If we survive, that is.
3 people like this
@topffer (36061)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
18 Dec 16
@Corbin5 I would perhaps go there during the summer to make a fortune. The problem is that these kind of places are usually invaded by mosquitoes in summer.
3 people like this
@TheHorse (72353)
• Walnut Creek, California
18 Dec 16
Think I'll stick with California. Are the girls pretty there?
4 people like this
@xFiacre (5180)
• Ireland
19 Dec 16
@thehorse I suppose you wouldn't see what you were getting with all the layers of clothes you would have to get through to get where you wanted to be.
3 people like this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
19 Dec 16
I would think all the girls are well-preserved due the cold, so yes, I imagine they are pretty.
1 person likes this
@TheHorse (72353)
• Walnut Creek, California
19 Dec 16
@xFiacre Interesting thought.
@Bluedoll (17052)
• Canada
18 Dec 16
It is not the extreme cold that is crazy to me. So what if it is cold. I know that squishy sound. Everything becomes important. Wind is serious. What is crazy is they still build normal apartment buildings into the sky and use everyday car and way of living like it is normal. Now that is crazy.
3 people like this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
18 Dec 16
All have a different meaning for what is "abnormal" I suppose. "Abnormal" sure can be the demise of many.
1 person likes this
@Bluedoll (17052)
• Canada
18 Dec 16
@Corbin5 I suspect the reasoning for creating living space that we might see in more southern location is to give the place some stability.
1 person likes this
• New Delhi, India
19 Dec 16
That was quite interesting to read.. Now I'm thinking what is the population there.. Or in other words how can people manage to survive there.
2 people like this
@dpk262006 (56484)
• Delhi, India
19 Dec 16
I believe that habitats would be very limited there.
2 people like this
• New Delhi, India
19 Dec 16
@dpk262006 same here...even I believe the same
2 people like this
@dpk262006 (56484)
• Delhi, India
19 Dec 16
@amitkokiladitya Generally people want to stay at those places which are nature friendly. In India, population is more in plains rather than mountains.
2 people like this
@SIMPLYD (82965)
• Philippines
19 Dec 16
Oh my , it's a miserable way to live like that . Here it is cold now , at about 18 degrees celcius and yet we find t already cold . How much more that cold there in Oymyakon.?
2 people like this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
19 Dec 16
I just checked and the temperature there now is not that bad at -23 F (-31 C). Hope the folks there are are happy with that temperature.
1 person likes this
• New Delhi, India
19 Dec 16
Very trur
2 people like this
@SIMPLYD (82965)
• Philippines
20 Dec 16
@Corbin5 I hope they can cope up with the extreme coldness .
1 person likes this
@nomus24g (24878)
• India
18 Dec 16
oopps....thats scary cold
2 people like this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
18 Dec 16
It has to be a miserable existence there, I would think.
@marlina (77841)
• Canada
18 Dec 16
@nomus24g , too scary for my shoes.
2 people like this
@WriterAI (5232)
• Bulgaria
21 May 17
@Corbin5 I think so.
1 person likes this
• Trinidad And Tobago
19 Dec 16
Wow...great info share. Thanks. I suppose being born and grow up there the residence have found ways to survive. Even so it must be a hard life.
2 people like this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
19 Dec 16
As long as those born there never experience weather that is so much more delightful, then I suppose they are happy where they are.
1 person likes this
• Trinidad And Tobago
19 Dec 16
@Corbin5 Lol. I think so too. You can't miss what you don't know you didn't have! But as to' delightful'...I saw in documentaries that winter games are also enjoyable.
1 person likes this
@TRBRocks420 (82545)
• Banks, Oregon
18 Dec 16
That sounds awful, but possible to survive at least.
2 people like this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
18 Dec 16
I think you and I would be miserable there! Even Rooger, Ghost and Molly would be miserable there.
2 people like this
@TRBRocks420 (82545)
• Banks, Oregon
18 Dec 16
@Corbin5 Yes, it would not be fun at all and, Ghost especially would hate it, if it's cold he barley ever comes out from under the blankets.
2 people like this
@snowy22315 (52637)
• United States
19 Dec 16
It boggles my mind that people live in places like that. I watch some of those cable shows about people who live on a frozen lake in Canada..all I can think is what a pain in the butt...! They are always struggling against the elements.
1 person likes this
@Bluedoll (17052)
• Canada
19 Dec 16
I suppose so but can't the same can be said for other regions of the world. So where do you live Joe? Oh, I'm living in tornado alley in a travel trailer. For how long Joe? *Joe is a fictional name only
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
19 Dec 16
@Bluedoll Yes, each region in the world has its own weather struggles. In summer, our Chicago suburb may have a tornado warning, but one has never touched down here.
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
19 Dec 16
@snowy22315 I am all for suffering as little as possible. Not sure why people put themselves in situations that are miserable.
@nanette64 (17934)
• Fairfield, Texas
19 Dec 16
Holy crap! And I was bit**ing about living in Nebraska? Oh hell no, I don't think so @Corbin5 .I'm a wuss at 35 degrees.
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
19 Dec 16
Well, there are 500 crazy, or constantly drunk, people who live there. I think their sanity must be suspect.
1 person likes this
@nanette64 (17934)
• Fairfield, Texas
19 Dec 16
@Corbin5 No kidding. And what I don't understand is how can they possibly get mosquitoes when it get a little warmer. I don't think any kind of bug would make it in that environment.
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
19 Dec 16
@nanette64 It is reported that the largest swarms of mosquitoes can be found in, get this, the Arctic. Since Oymyakon has a summer, and that means swarms of mosquitoes.. "When the snow and ice melts in the summer months, the water has nowhere to flow to. Not only that, but the permafrost under the soil keeps the water from sinking into the earth. The result? Lots of wetlands - pools of shallow still water - prime breeding areas for mosquitoes. Add to that the almost constant sunlight that in mid-summer can raise the temperature dramatically - turning still pools of water into instant "incubators". The pools of still, warm water are also rich with organic material - a plentiful food supply for hungry larvae."
1 person likes this
@xFiacre (5180)
• Ireland
19 Dec 16
@corbin5 Visiting the outhouse in the middle of the night would surely lead to frostbite of some important bits.
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
19 Dec 16
Yes, frozen parts may fall off!!!
1 person likes this
@xFiacre (5180)
• Ireland
19 Dec 16
@Corbin5 this may account for a low birth rate.
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
19 Dec 16
1 person likes this
@shshiju (10567)
• Cochin, India
19 Dec 16
I liked the video clip. It is very strange that human life is there in extreme coldness and in extreme heatness in gulf countries.
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
19 Dec 16
There are 500 people living there, so I do hope they are happy!
1 person likes this
@shshiju (10567)
• Cochin, India
20 Dec 16
@Corbin5 Man is intelligent and he can succeed in any places.
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
20 Dec 16
@valmnz (12744)
• New Zealand
19 Dec 16
All that cold is totally beyond my comprehension!
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
19 Dec 16
I can't imagine how those folks survive there. I would be miserable. Has to be depressing there, so that is probably why vodka is the go-to drink there.
1 person likes this
@valmnz (12744)
• New Zealand
19 Dec 16
@Corbin5 it no doubt warms you up!
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
19 Dec 16
1 person likes this
@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
18 Dec 16
I remember seeing a few documentaries about how extremely cold the weather can be, The coldest I have ever expereienced is around -40F
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
19 Dec 16
Wow. I have never experienced -40 F. -26 F is the lowest temperature I have had to endure.
@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
19 Dec 16
@Corbin5 It was a dry cold not a damp cold like we have in England. Although I went on a three hour train journey to visit an orphanage and three hours back with no heating. I was frozen right to the core. I could not get the feeling of warmth for 2 days!
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
19 Dec 16
@garymarsh6 My goodness! You had to thaw to feel normal again! Yikes!
1 person likes this
@WriterAI (5232)
• Bulgaria
18 May 17
Thank you for your update about Oymyakon. This information is too famous on Internet. But I am impressed at the details you write about here. I wasn't so deeply in these things.
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
18 May 17
It sure does sound like a miserable way of life to me.
1 person likes this
@WriterAI (5232)
• Bulgaria
18 May 17
@Corbin5 Agree. But they are tough.
1 person likes this
@DianneN (84977)
• United States
19 Dec 16
So not for me! Brrrrrr!
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
19 Dec 16
There are 500 of those folks in Oymyakon. Wonder what the lifespan is in that locale?
1 person likes this
@DianneN (84977)
• United States
19 Dec 16
@Corbin5 Good question, but I refuse to go there to find out!!!
1 person likes this
• India
19 Dec 16
It is very hard to live there I think. In our India Pakistan border like siachin the temp goes down to minus 25 to 50 in the winter season
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
19 Dec 16
Oh my!! The siachin has to be one of the coldest places on earth!!
1 person likes this
• India
19 Dec 16
@Corbin5 yes right
1 person likes this
@blitzfrick (2912)
• United States
19 Dec 16
I feel much better now about our 28°F temperatures. I think I'll go get into my bikini and lay out to catch some rays.
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
19 Dec 16
I know! A great idea! We have 3 degrees now, so will wait for the 28 F before I sunbathe today.
1 person likes this
• United States
19 Dec 16
1 person likes this
@dpk262006 (56484)
• Delhi, India
19 Dec 16
It is a very interesting information. I did not know about it. Thanks for sharing.
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
19 Dec 16
It really has to be a miserable place. Not a good vacation spot for sure!
1 person likes this
@dpk262006 (56484)
• Delhi, India
20 Dec 16
@Corbin5 Yes, it could not be a vacation spot, rather it would be torture to stay there. We are lucky that we live in nature friendly places.
1 person likes this
@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
19 Dec 16
Yah that is cold for sure!! I won't be visiting any time soon lol
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (115877)
• United States
19 Dec 16
No, I am not booking a flight there. I would think the plane would freeze up and crash land.
1 person likes this
@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
21 Dec 16
@Corbin5 Yah cold I get get right here in Connecticut right now lol
1 person likes this