With winter on its way and meteorologists warning of a renewed cold air, complete with winds and snow, hitting the Midwest and Northeast this weekend, we might find small comfort in the knowledge there are far colder places on Earth.
Those can be found on the tops of mountains or at research stations in Norway, Russia, Canada, and Antarctica.
The East Antarctic Plateau on the South Pole has had some of the coldest temperatures on the planet, and researchers have discovered why. To determine how cold it gets, scientists in a report from 2013 included the level of dryness in the atmosphere to their calculations because drier air causes snow cover to lose heat more quickly, according to lead study author Ted Scambos, a senior research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Canada has six of the coldest places in the world on our list, followed by five locations in Russia. The only continents not represented on the list are South America, Africa, and Australia.
As you might expect, the coldest places on the planet are remote and sparsely populated. Oymyakon, Russia, will never be mistaken for a summer getaway. The Siberian village is the coldest permanently inhabited place on Earth.
To identify the coldest places on Earth, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the average temperature of the 3 coldest months at 2,712 weather stations around the world in 2017. Weather station data was provided by The Global Historical Climatology Network-Monthly (GHCN-M) version 3, a program of the North Atlantic Atmospheric Association (NOAA). The average daily temperature for the coldest and warmest months at each station, as well as station elevation, also came from the NOAA. To avoid clustering of stations within the same climate regions, no stations within a 500-mile radius of one another were included. In a majority of cases, the names of weather stations were changed to better reflect their surrounding municipalities.