Welcome to Oymyakon, a village where students attend classes until temperatures reach minus -52 ° C. This isolated Siberian village is considered the world’s coldest permanent habitation village, and the temperature this winter has just tumbled to -62 ° C (-80 ° F), making our daily complaints about the weather rather silly.
Photographer Amos Chapple traveled there: “I wore fine pants when I first came out at -47 ° C,” said Chapple. “I remember having the impression that the cold was physically gripping my legs, the other surprise was that sometimes my saliva froze like needles pricking my lips. “
But this time, the cold is even stronger, not only it pinches the legs, but it also turns the eyelashes of people into ice cubes. The official weather station at the “cold pole” recorded -59 ° C, but the new electronic thermometer said it was -62 ° C. In fact, it even stopped working after reaching the pain mark. Some of the 500 inhabitants claim that temperatures go down even to -68 ° C.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Oymyakon was a stop for reindeer herders who led their herds to the hot spring. In trying to force the nomadic population to take root, the Soviet government later turned the site into a permanent colony. In 1933, a temperature of -67.7 ° C was recorded in the village, considered the lowest in the northern hemisphere.
(h / t siberiantimes ) Via Boredpanda