A futuristic army complex resides far above the Arctic Circle in a region where there is no sunlight from November through January and nothing but sunshine (when it's not cloudy) 24 hours a day from May to August.
The army base was constructed after Russian president Vladimir Putin realized the strategic and economic potential of his country's northern frontier, AFP reports. The outpost is dubbed the Northern Clover (or Severny Klever in Russian), a nod to its trefoil shape, and is painted in white, blue and red — the colors of the Russian national flag.
The Northern Clover is located on Kotelny Island, part of the New Siberian Islands in the eastern Arctic. The Russians strategically situated the remote base between the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea on the Arctic shipping route. Not surprisingly, the weather is constantly frigid in an area that remote and though the seasons technically change, it seems as if perpetual winter has taken hold.
Temperatures most of the year are below freezing there, based on NOAA climate data collected from 1961 to 1990. The only months with an average temperature above freezing are July and August, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Steve Travis.
The average temperature is minus 18 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average in January and February is right around minus 22 F. Those numbers are monthly averages, and it can get much colder than that in a typical winter with temperatures bottoming out at 58 below zero.( Collapse )