We're at about the half-way point of this polar vortex's visit to the Rockford area (and most of the country, too), and the complaining you've probably been hearing (or doing) is getting louder and angrier by the day.

Just looking around the radio stations in our building, I'm seeing people who work in a heated studio inside a heated building starting to show signs of cracking...even more than usual.

We all realize that there are people right here in Rockford who have much, much colder jobs than we do, and it doesn't take much looking around to see them. When you consider what cops, firefighters, and front-line emergency personnel have to deal with each day in this beyond-frigid weather, you start to consider that maybe you don't have it that bad. It's not just them, either. Some other cold jobs you'll see every day around here include, but are not limited to:

  • Delivery people
  • Utility workers
  • Postal carriers
  • Maintenance workers
  • RFD Airport staff/package handlers
  • RMTD drivers

As far as the world's coldest jobs, I did a little internet searching to see just how cold it got for some folks around the world who are just trying to make a living.

CeoWorld.biz has a piece on their website entitled "Working Below Freezing: The 10 Coldest Jobs in The World." After looking through some of these vocations, I'll never complain about a drafty studio ever again. The coldest job on their list is this one:

The coldest job is Chief Technologists in Verkhoyansk and Yakutsk, Russia. They work in temperatures that average out at a numbing -38.2°F. Yakutsk has the lowest winter temperatures of any city in the world.

Sounds awful, right? It's right up there on the "Why do people live there?" scale, but at least there's a great fish market you can visit:

To read the rest of the coldest jobs list at CeoWorld.biz, click here.


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