What reporting on a small Siberian village looks like between three different news organizations.

  • On Tuesday, the temperature in the Yakutia region hit minus 67 degrees Celsius (minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas.
  • Yakutia is a region of 1 million people about 3,300 miles (5,300 kilometers) east of Moscow where students routinely go to school even in minus 40 degrees.
  • In 2013, the village of Oymyakon recorded an all-time low of minus 71 degrees Celsius (minus 98 Fahrenheit).
  • Over the weekend, two men froze to death when they tried to walk to a nearby farm after their car broke down.
  • The average temperature on Mars is minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Space.com.
  • Minus 89.9 degrees Fahrenheit is the coldest-ever officially recorded for a permanently inhabited settlement anywhere in the world.
  • According to the Weather Underground’s Christopher Burt, unofficial temperatures as cold as minus 108 degrees Fahrenheit have been measured in Oymyakon.
  • There is no record of temperatures rising above zero degrees Fahrenheit there from Dec. 1 and March 1.
  • As for the all-time world record cold temperature, that will almost certainly stay in Antarctica, where a reading of minus 128.6 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded in 1983 at the Vostok research station.
  • That the village is dark 21 hours a day in the winter.
  • A description of the work of Amos Chapple, a photojournalist from New Zealand, who traveled to the region in 2015.
  • Descriptions of the village, including: their winter diet, which includes ice cubes of horse blood with macaroni and fish; video of markets in the village where frozen fish sit with no refrigeration needed; and that alcoholism is reportedly a problem in the village.
  • In December, Moscow was “shrouded in an unrelenting cloud cover for all but six minutes.”
  • “It was the darkest December in the capital since the city began recording the data, the previous worst having come in 2000, when the sun checked in for a meager three hours.”
  • The average amount of sunlight for December is 18 hours.
  • In June, the Moscow Office for Psychological Assistance recorded a 14 percent rise in calls, compared to those in the same period in 2016.
  • “The severe cold is traveling west from Yakutia. In Norilsk, an industrial city in Russia’s Arctic region, the temperature plunged to minus 49 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 45 degrees Celsius) on Wednesday, with warnings of a further drop to 67 degrees below zero on Thursday.”



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