"For the locals of Verkhoyansk, a tiny town in the far-flung reaches of
Siberia, today will be one of the last sunrises they see for the year.
The town that sits 10 kilometres inside the Arctic Circle is heading
into the annual polar winter — a period of perpetual darkness and
The average temperature here in December is minus 43 degrees Celsius.
It sounds earth-shatteringly cold but for locals like Anna Sleptsova,
the local librarian who’s lived in Verkhoyansk her entire life, it’s
nothing compared to what the winters used to be like.
“It used to be very cold, but the climate is changing, this year it’s
very warm. We say, minus 40, minus 35, that’s very warm for us,” she
said in a telephone interview."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics