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February 7, 2013

Turn up the heat -- we don't live in a barn


We were the only house on the block that had the thermostat cranked up over the summer. My only source of relief from our sweatbox was to adjourn to the cellar and set up a sofa there to relax.

I often wondered what it would be like living in a place called Resolute, Canada — the coldest inhabited place on earth — even colder than Iceland, Siberia and the North Pole.

The average temperature there, according to Guinness records, is minus 11.6 degrees, causing its inhabitants to remain constantly bundled up. Located on the northeast shore of Resolute Bay on the south coast of Cornwallis Island, this community is commonly a starting point for expeditions to the North Pole.

In the winter, it can stay dark for 24 hours and in summer, it can stay light the entire night. Only about 200 people brave the climate year-round, but the area is becoming quite popular with tourists.

I suspect they want to see what the coldest spot in the world feels like. Had it been Eureka, Canada, forget it. The best they can do is minus 3.5 degrees.

If you’re cold in winter, just wait. What comes in one “year” goes out the other.

Photographer and writer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.

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