Gateways to Hell: Places With the Most Extreme Weather on Earth

Residents of Minnesota and other Northern US states must be thinking they have it pretty bad after the “Polar Vortex” winter they’re going through. And folks living in California. They may have the sun but that drought has everyone else freaking out (not to mention that big earthquake everyone’s waiting for). When it comes to weather in the United States, it seems like we’ve got some pretty extreme conditions.

But if you start doing some research, those complaints are actually laughable. These people haven’t begun to see what mother nature can conjure up in its most remote places. Do Minnesotans have to deal with volcanoes? Followed by earthquakes? Followed by tsunamis?

Believe it or not, some people actually do live in these kinds of incredible conditions — places that don’t seem fit for man nor beast.

For example, even if you like warm days, that doesn’t matter much if you’re in the Lut desert, where it’s so hot that temperatures can only be recorded via satellite. Or if you hate the rain, maybe you should check out Northern Chile, where landscapes are comparable to Mars in terms of how devoid of precipitation and life they are.

So, with that in mind, we created the slide show above. It might make you grateful that you’re safe in your homes, far from these remote places. (Unless we have readers in Northern Siberia, in which case, welcome!) It might make you marvel at how diverse our planet is when the barren Atacama desert can exist alongside Mawsynram in India, where long-term visitors are prone to suicide because of the endless rain and cloud cover.

On the other hand, it might make you miserable to know that you live in a world where mother nature can wield so much power — a place where, ┬áif you venture a little too far north or too far inland, that you might just stumble upon one of these veritable hell-on-Earths.

Check out the slide show above to see just how extreme the world can really be.