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Biting cold below minus 60C brings out the best in Siberian face fashion

By The Siberian Times reporter
22 December 2016

The freeze is so deep that horses - and even Rudolph - is brought indoors to warm up.

Such temperatures happen in eastern Siberia, but in the west they are more rare. Picture: Elina Kadochnikova

This is not a week when there was any evidence of global warming in western Siberia, with thermometers plunging to the minus 40s and minus 62 Celsius. Meteorologists say it may get colder still. 

At Bolshoe Olkhovskoe oilfield there was a new record for the Khanti-Mansi region with a bone-crushing temperature of minus 62C. The village of Kazym in the same district of Beloyarsky hit minus 58C.

Eyelashes got frosty extensions from nature's own cosmetics, as our amazing pictures show. Beards turned prematurely white.

Frost Frost


Frost


Frost


Frost

Eyelashes got frosty extensions from nature's own cosmetics, beards turned prematurely white. Pictures: Alexander Kolesnikov, Alexey Shishkin, I live in Nizhnevartovsk

A video was posted entitled: 'Surgut men are so hardy they only ride on a swing and eat ice cream at minus 51C.'

In Nadym, it nudged minus 50C, and all schools were closed. In Tyumen, school classes were cancelled from grades 1 to 9, with minus 36C the trigger for children to stay home, although elsewhere in Siberia - for example Yakutia in recent weeks - students are still expected in school at below minus 52C.

Nizhnevartovsk hit minus 50C, the coldest winter in ten years in the city. School classes were cancelled today - and for the rest of the week.  

Such temperatures happen in eastern Siberia, but in the west they are more rare. 

A video was posted entitled: 'Surgut men are so hardy they only ride on a swing and eat ice cream at minus 51C.' Video: Igor Lazarev

One consequence is the price of a taxi. It has risen threefold because of the deep freeze.

'Many people simply could not start in their engines,' explained one local. 'Due to this, the number of customers increased. But the number of our taxis remain the same, and some our cars also could not start.' 

Some flights from Nizhnevartovsk were cancelled, intercity buses were also halted. Road police recommended drivers to postpone long distance and intercity trips. 

Nizhnevartovsk


Nizhnevartovsk


Nizhnevartovsk


Nizhnevartovsk

Some flights from Nizhnevartovsk were cancelled, intercity buses were also halted. School classes were cancelled today - and for the rest of the week. Pictures: Reporter-NV, Vladimir Yuzhny

Flights in Surgut and Khanty-Mansiysk were delayed or aborted. 

Some 40 trucks were marooned  around 50 km from Noyabrsk in temperatures drivers claimed were hitting minus 60C.

Later reports said that lorries had begun to move again. 

The governor of Khanty-Mansi autonomous region Natalia Komarova had to cancel a seasonal celebration for children.

Trucks


Truck

Some 40 trucks were marooned  around 50 km from Noyabrsk in temperatures drivers claimed were hitting minus 60C. Pictures: Anatoly Zorya

But many locals are quite happy with the cold. In Surgut a woman was cycling at minus 43C.

Swimmers in Urai and Nizhnevartovsk continue plunging into ice holes or pour cold water over themselves. One popular trick in such temperatures is to throw hot water into the air and see what happens: here is one example

Surgut photographer Mikhail Batenyov walked around his freezer city. At around minus 40C.

Surgut


Surgut


Surgut


Surgut


Surgut


Surgut


Surgut

'My favourite city died as every minute passed. If in the afternoon there were some passers-by, by 8 pm on the streets was amazing to meet anyone.' Pictures: Elina Kadochnikova, Evgeny Barkanov, Mikhail Batenyov, Andrey Kurochkin

He told his Vkontakte social media page: 'To me, as a lover of mystery and horror, it seemed that I was in a hodgepodge of movies like 'Something', 'Mist' and 'Silent Hill'. 

'I added a warm sweater, an extra pair of socks and one scarf to my suit, and in this outfit went for a walk in the evening in Surgut. My mobile discharged literally 5-10 minutes after I uploaded a video to my Instagram.

'My favourite city died as every minute passed. If in the afternoon there were some passers-by, by 8 pm on the streets was amazing to meet anyone.

Horse


Reindeer

A horse was taken the stairwell of an apartment block in Nefteyugansk. And in Tarko-Sale, a reindeer. Pictures: Vkontakte, Yulia Aznaurova

'I went home happy and contented, tired of this crazy but interesting day.' 

Locals posted amazing pictures of animals on social media.

A horse was taken the stairwell of an apartment block in Nefteyugansk. And in Tarko-Sale, a reindeer. It looks like Rudolph needed warming up ahead of his big week...

Despite the deep freeze, no significant delays were reported on the 9,289 kilometre Trans-Siberian railway connecting capital city Moscow with the Pacific port of Vladivostok.

Many locals are quite happy with the cold. Pictures: Viktor Kvasov, Oh,Surgut!, Valery Maslov, Renat Gubaydullin

Winter fun


Winter fun


Winter fun


Winter fun

Comments (10)

Today was a little over 30C Saturday is expected to reach 34C, a fairly usual Summer for Brisbane so far. Those pictures of ice and snow just take my breath away with the beauty that I have never experienced.
Christopher Jones, Brisbane Australia
29/12/2016 17:03
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Mr. Bigglesworth would not be happy...
eb, The Great White North
26/12/2016 04:38
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The White Girls out there must be insanely goodlooking, just look at their eyes!
sam, bangkok
27/12/2016 09:42
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Siberia looks so beautiful, the people seem so tolerant to the extremely low temperatures. I'd love to see it with a local as a guide. it is hard to believe our government's want us to believe we are so different. I think the Russian people are generally happy folks that have pretty much the same issues as Americans. They also have respect for animals, which speaks volumes about their character. I'd like to show a Siberian a Pennsylvania summer! Any takers?
Rip, Pittsburgh. USA
26/12/2016 05:49
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Amazing! Very beautiful, even if very cold.
Al Klein, Drexel Hill, PA,USA
26/12/2016 02:55
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Sitting here at 29f and feel cold! Then I watched this link. You people are beautiful.
Joe Peterman, Ukiah CAlifornia USA
25/12/2016 20:38
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Siberian girls are pretty in any kind of weather!
Doc, US
24/12/2016 09:21
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The weather is sub, sub zero cold, but the ladies and gents seem to function well in this extreme cold. God Bless you brave folks there in Russia. Thank you for taking care of the horse and reindeer speaks highly of your character.
Ozzie Finley, West Virginia, U.S.A.
23/12/2016 03:50
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Поздрав из Србије! :)
Мирко, Београд
23/12/2016 01:40
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A horse and a reindeer in the stair well !!?! . Siberian people, WE LOVE YOU! - Take care of yourself
( the make up of eyelashes is top ..)
Jocelyne, FRANCE
22/12/2016 14:35
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