At Least It's Not -65 Degrees

posted by Jonathan - 

It's COLD in Middle Tennessee.  And tonight is gonna be even colder.  Like 9 degrees cold.  And for here, that's pretty miserable.

But imagine living somewhere, opening up the Weather app on your phone, and seeing THIS

MINUS 65 DEGREES.

That's Oymyakonskiy ulus (Oymyakon for short), a small town in Siberia that is pretty regularly below zero.  In fact, the lowest temperature ever recorded there is -96 Degrees.

AND PEOPLE LIVE THERE.

Not a lot of them - the town is only about 500 people - but still PEOPLE LIVE THERE.

#Winter is coming to our inhabited #coldestplacesonearth. Early birds get always discounts for #roadtrips from #Yakutsk to #Oymyakon #Verkhoyansk #Magadan in #Siberia #Russia

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Don't get me wrong, the scenery is gorgeous, as it is around Tennessee when it snows.

Протока реки ❄Куйдусун❄#сахасирэ #оймякон #oymyakon #куйдусун #poleofcold #sibirien #siberia #hivers #зима #winter #чудесаприроды #frozen #lowtemperature #дубак #холодина #стужа #ычча #beautiful #nikon #nikonrussia #sachaja_oymyakon #sachaja_landscape #sachaja

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When the #cold is beautiful... Sunset over #Kolyma road and #Verkhoyansk Mountains yesterday ⛰ -------- 📸: by @maximshirikov 👏 -------- #ExploreSiberia #ExploringRussia #ExploreRussia #PhotoRussia #TravelToRussia #TravelRussia. Be #inSiberia 🌲🏔⛰ Be #inRussia 🇷🇺 -------- 🌏 TIME TO GET SOME FUN! ✈️🛩 -------- ☃️ #WinterTrip #Expedition #RussianNorth #RussianTrip #VisitYakutia #VisitSiberia #VisitRussia #ВизитЯкутия #Якутск #Якутия ❄️

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But MINUS 65 DEGREES.

I can't.

So, imagine what it's like right now in Nashville.

Now subtract 80 degrees.

Nope, nope, nope, nope.

But I repeat - people DO live in Oymyakon.  And although it's small, they're not too far away from the city of Yaktusk, with a population around 300,000.

They drive (probably better than we do in the snow)....

На дорогах Якутска. -48С #якутск #yakutsk #yakutia #siberia #russia #якутия #сибирь #россия #мороз #полюсхолода #агрессивнаясреда #лютыймороз #дорогиякутска #bike #bicycle #этоякутиядетка #фотодляроссии

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They go to work, in the most amazing fashion ever...

When #Yakutia is the right place to feel the true Christmas mood 🎄🏔🌲🦌 -------- #VisitYakutia #ExploreSiberia #ExploreRussia #PhotoRussia #TravelToRussia #TravelRussia #RussianNorth. Be #inSiberia 🌲🗻🏔 Be #inRussia 🇷🇺 -------- 🌏 TIME TO GET SOME FUN! ✈️🛩 -------- #Expedition #RussianTrip #ExploringRussia #ВизитЯкутия #Якутск #НовыйГод2018 #Каникулы #Путешествия #Экспедиция ❄️🦌 🌠🌲🏔

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They go swimming....

#IceSwimming in the never-freezing river of Kuydusun at -50C in #Oymyakon #Yakutia, #Russia’s #Siberia... When you’re brave and others are just spectators. Our guest from #Germany🇩🇪 did it! ✅ -------- 📸: by @maximshirikov 👏 -------- #ExploreSiberia #ExploringRussia #ExploreRussia #PhotoRussia #TravelToRussia #TravelRussia. Be #inSiberia 🌲🏔⛰ Be #inRussia 🇷🇺 -------- 🌏 TIME TO GET SOME FUN! ✈️🛩 -------- ☃️ #WinterTrip #Expedition #RussianNorth #RussianTrip #VisitYakutia #VisitSiberia #VisitRussia #ВизитЯкутия #Якутск #Якутия ❄️

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And sometimes, they look like this....

When #Oymyakon is the right place to enjoy the #cold. Our guests from #Germany🇩🇪, #UAE🇦🇪, #Norway🇳🇴 and #Russia🇷🇺 (#Moscow) in #Yakutia #Siberia #Russia. -------- 📸: by @ajarvarlamov 👏 -------- #ExploreSiberia #ExploringRussia #ExploreRussia #PhotoRussia #TravelToRussia #TravelRussia. Be #inSiberia 🌲🏔⛰ Be #inRussia 🇷🇺 -------- 🌏 TIME TO GET SOME FUN! ✈️🛩 -------- ☃️ #WinterTrip #Expedition #RussianNorth #RussianTrip #VisitYakutia #VisitSiberia #VisitRussia #ВизитЯкутия #Якутск #Якутия ❄️

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To be fair, it's not ALWAYS this cold in Oymyakon - sometimes in the summer it'll be in the 50s.  But in the winter, it's not uncommon for temperatures to be dozens of degrees below zero.

So, who's ready to book their travel?

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