Perfect opportunity for locals to show off their frozen eyelashes look
Bone-chilling cold gripped much of the central U.S. as 2018 began with a bang, breaking century-old records, icing over some New Year’s celebrations. Before the fireworks, President Donald Trump mocked and insulted “global warming”, something which he doesn’t believe in and famously called it a scam by globalists so they can make you pay a carbon tax for breathing.
Trump tweeted – “In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!” Back in 2012, he sarcastically tweeted – “It’s freezing and snowing in New York – we need global warming!”
In Aberdeen, South Dakota, the mercury dropped to a record-breaking minus 32 degrees Fahrenheit (-36 Celsius). The previous record had stood for 99 years. In Nebraska, Omaha, temperatures hit 15 below zero (-26 Celsius), breaking a record low dating to 1884. In north-eastern Montana, the wind chill readings dipped as low as minus 58 (-50 Celsius).
People were also attacked by ferocious “bomb cyclone”, hitting the East Coast of U.S. with snow, ice, and wind. Public schools cancelled classes on all its campuses. Even after the bomb cyclone attacks, most parts of the U.S. are still at the mercy of bitter coldness. While it was a big deal in the U.S., students in a Russian village routinely go to school even in minus 40 degrees.
In this Russia village of Oymyakon, one of the coldest inhabited places on earth, the temperature was so cold that even thermometers malfunctioned because the mercury had fallen to the bottom. The thermometer could only measure down to minus 62 degrees (-50 Celsius). In 2013, this village recorded an all-time low of minus 98 degrees Fahrenheit (-71 Celsius).
The harsh cold climate experienced by 500 people in the settlement of Oymyakon means diet is mostly meat-based, sometimes eaten raw or frozen, due to the inability to grow crops. Frozen raw Arctic fish, white salmon, whitefish, frozen raw horse liver and raw reindeer meat are considered to be delicacies to the Yakutians.
In the diamond-rich Russian region of Yakutia, temperature hit minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit (-67 Celsius) in some areas Tuesday. As a result, school was cancelled in the region of 1 million people. That’s understandable considering cars are usually kept running even when not being used to prevent batteries from going kaput in temperature that average minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you have no idea how cold is minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit, imagine that a higher temperature of minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit is sufficient to freeze your eyelashes, as shown by 24-year-old wedding shop worker, Anastasia Gruzdeva, who took selfies with two of her friends. Of course, there were other crazy stunts done by people under the freezing cold.
Yakutian journalist Elena Pototskaya posted an Instagram video of a band of Chinese tourists taking a dip in Oymyakon’s thermal stream – when the temperature was minus 65 degrees. Elsewhere photographer Petr Chugunov persuaded a ballerina to pose in the freezing temperatures (minus 41 degrees) to capture a stunning shot in the ice-clad city.
The near-record freezing temperatures in Siberia come as Russia is experiencing what is set to be its darkest winter on record. The capital Moscow, expected to receive dozens of hours of sun during the last month of 2017, enjoyed only 6 minutes of sunshine in December last year. So, if you think the U.S. or U.K. is having tough time, spare that thought for the people of Oymyakon.
Source: Finance Twitter