by Allen J. Sheinman | July 01, 2011

The list


We've already covered the hottest places on earth, so now, as you settle into the steamiest part of summer, here's a refreshing look at just how cold things can get:

10. Eismitte, Greenland. The town's name is German for "ice center," but with an average winter temperature of -53 F, you'll call it "Fawget-a-boudit," which is Brooklynese for "not on my itinerary." Added winter bonus: There's no sun at all from late November through mid-January.

9. Embarrass, Minn. When you're red-faced in Embarrass, it's more likely due to frostbite than getting caught in the commission of some gaffe. The town's personal-worst temp of -54 F was recorded on Jan. 17, 2005.

8. Yakutsk, Russia. When a shivering, disgruntled denizen of this town, in the remote capital of the Yakuita region of Siberia, tells you the average yearly temp here is -58 F, he's likely not using the F to mean Fahrenheit.

7. Chandler Lake, Alaska. Even the most antisocial moose huddle together for warmth here in the northeast corner of our northenmost state, where the all-time low is a blood-freezing -62 F.

6. Prospect Creek, Alaska. Chandler Lake, above, is a tropical vacation for the town folk here, some 20 miles north of the Arctic Circle, where the all-time low, as measured on Jan. 23, 1971, is -79.8 F -- a record for the United States.

5. Snag, Yukon, Canada. Just off a northern spur of the Alaska Highway, and off the charts for human comfort, this antonym for hellfire reached a recorded
-81.4 F on Feb. 2, 1947 -- a record for Continental North America.

4. North Ice Station, Greenland. Okay, it's not really an incorporated city, but this former research site, where to order a drink "on the rocks" is redundant, hit -87 F on Jan. 9, 1954 -- a record for the Western Hemisphere.

3. Verkhoyansk, Russia. The old communist regime used to send troublemakers (e.g., people who enjoyed going to a library) to this frozen-dinner of a town, giving a chilling new meaning to the term "incentive destination." Today the population of 1,400 is there of its own free will
-- assuming you can have a free will if you're clinically off your rocker. All-time low: -93 F, as recorded way back in February 1892.

2. Oymyakon, Russia. This outpost in eastern Siberia boasts a nine-month-long winter, but as it takes more than the remaining three months of the year for you to thaw out, you'd never know it. With a recorded low temp of -96 F, the town might have gotten its name from the expression "Oy my aching face."

1. Vostok Station, Antarctica.
Here's the all-time world champ of crisp, where the recorded temperature hit a planetwide record of -128.6 F on July 21, 1983. It's so cold here, you have to open the fridge to heat your house.

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