Cold Climate of Mongolia
My TravBuddy friend, Kelsey from Warshaw, writes about the climate of Mongolia:
December 1, 2006
"There are not words in the English language to describe the kind of cold here in the Mongolian winter. The numbers on the thermometer simply don't make sense, it has been -21 Fahrenheit (-30 C) this week. The human body doesn't really 'feel' these temperatures, it's only when you get back into the heat and feel the warmth soak into your body do you realize how cold you were. Nothing works like you would expect, anything plastic freezes and becomes as brittle as glass. Metals shrink and batteries stop working. My watch display stopped changing, the LCD display doesn't work at this temperature. Doing anything in this environment is like being in another dimension, with different laws of physics and weird effects on the body and mind.
I wear so many clothes and I am still cold. Trying to go to the bathroom involves two belts, two buttons, two zippers. I have to admit that I had a little confusion with the belts when I was trying to put all of the pants back on after. I wear mittens under my gloves and sweaters under my jackets.
Tomorrow I am traveling to Terelj to see some geology and maybe visit some of the locals. I am hoping to get a taste of the local vodka, made from mares milk and distilled in the homes of the nomads. I'll take some pictures and share with you all." Climate of Mongolia