Baby It’s Cold Outside942 views
Winter can either turn you on or off; here are some trivia on things cold
The coldest inhabited place on earth
In winter, the town of Oymyakon, Russia, sees average temperature of -50° C. Can’t wrap your head around that? Imagine a place completely, utterly dark for up to 21 hours a day, where the 500 odd inhabitants have to keep their cars running 24/7, live on frozen meat and must warm the ground with a bonfire for several days before burying their dead.
Only Antarctica has recorded lower official temperatures, with the record low being -123° C.
Ice, ice everywhere
The famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, now open for the season till it starts melting, is built annually from 4,000 tons of natural ice from the country’s national river Torne. The amount of snow used to create the Ice Hotel’s 50 rooms, church and bar would suffice to make 700 million snowballs! From December to April, the bar will serve 26,550 drinks “in” the rocks from ice cocktail glasses.
How it snows
Every winter, at least one septillion (that’s 1 followed by 24 zeros) snow crystals fall from the sky. A single snowstorm can drop 39 million tons of snow.
The world’s largest snowman
The 113-foot, 7-inch snowman built in the US town of Bethel, Maine, in February 1999 broke the previous record held by Yamagata, Japan. The Japanese snowman stood at 96 feet and 7 inches.
In popular culture
Winter is a major character in some of Hollywood’s biggest hits and cult classics:
The Gold Rush (1925)
On Dangerous Ground (1951)
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
The Shining (1980)
Ice Age (2002)
The largest snowflake ever
According to some sources, the largest snowflake ever observed, a whopping 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick, fell during a snowstorm in January 1887 at Fort Keogh, Montana, USA.
Hot hot igloos
Igloos can be more than 100 degrees warmer inside than outside. And they’re warmed entirely by body heat. Since fresh, compacted snow is approximately 90 to 95 percent trapped air (meaning it can’t move and transfer heat) it’s a great insulator.
So close, yet so cold
While it seems counterintuitive, the Earth is actually closest to the sun in December, even though winter solstice is the shortest day of the year
Sources: bfi.org.uk, telegraph.co.uk, wired.com, mentalfloss.com, facts.randomhistory.com
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