Opinion: As cold as it has been, there are colder places

Twilight is reaching the North Pole. Soon the sun will start shining there and the north can stop sending us cold.
Actually other places are warmer than usual. The Iditarod sled dog race in snow was moved further north due to warm weather.
Flowers have been growing in northern Europe for weeks.
It is colder in Siberia. In Dzalinda, it might get up to minus 1 F today and minus 23 tonight.
And yet we have a record cold spell.
Why us?
Further Google research shows that Oymyakon, Siberia, is the “world’s coldest permanently inhabited town,” where “there’s no record of temperatures rising above zero degrees F between December 1 and March 1!” Does that warm anyone’s toes?
If not, try, “On Feb. 6, 1933, an observer, there, measured a temperature of minus 89.8 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a full 10 degrees colder than the U.S. cold record of minus 79.8 degrees F at Prospect Creek, Alaska, on Jan. 23, 1971. (Incidentally, the record coldest temperature measured on Earth was at the Russian South Pole research station of Vostok, Antarctica, minus 128.6 deg. F, on July 21, 1983.)”
And I can’t find Dzalinda in my giant atlas, so it doesn’t count. Why did Google come up with that place?
Peter Grant

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