Americans who had to deal with the “polar vortex” in January, 2014 would experience no small amount of shock at the average winter lows in some of the coldest places on the planet. The citizens of these cold locales often have to get creative to keep from turning into ice cubes. Here are the coldest cities on earth and how residents get through the icy winters:
1. Fraser, Colorado, USA – Average January Low: 1F
Fraser, Colorado is a tiny western town that’s popular for skiing and tourism. Amusingly, the city has been embroiled in a long-running dispute over the title “Icebox of the Nation.” The similarly frigid city of International Falls, Minnesota has also lobbied for the title. Even the summers are freezing in Fraser as average lows in June are a frosty 29 degrees.