We wonder how the mammoths and mastodons froze to death. This video might explain it.
These animals in Kazakhstan apparently froze to death when the temperature dropped to -72.4°F (-58°C) on January 20th, 2021. (I’m guessing there’s no global warming in Kazakhstan right now.)
Does this video give a true depiction of what happens to animals at such a low temperature? I’ve never experienced such cold, so I don’t know.
The coldest I’ve ever experienced was minus 36F (-37.8C). That happened in Vermont when I was 16 years old and driving my very first car. I hopped in the car to go see my girlfriend, and when the car started moving forward it felt like I had flat tire. What a miserable time to get a flat tire, I groused. I got out of the car and walked around it looking to find which tire needed to be replaced. None of them were flat.
Got back in the car and started driving forward, and again, it felt like I had a flat tire. Got out of the car again and looked more closely at the tires. At that point I noticed that a couple of them were flat on top and I realized what had happened.
You know how your tires look when you park the car for the night? Slightly flat on the bottom? Well, it was so cold that all four of my tires had frozen that way, flat on the bottom. I got back in the car and started driving, and after just a few miles the tires had warmed up enough that the ride became (comparatively) smooth.
Have any of you ever experienced minus 72F degrees?
Thanks to Ron Ewing for this video