Cows’ whiskers freeze as temperatures drop below minus 25

Beef cattle feed as the bitter cold freezes their whiskers. 7 a.m. on January 20. Etanbetsu-cho, Asahikawa

On January 20, traditionally the coldest day of the year according to the calendar, the Kamikawa region experienced freezing temperatures, with ‘mid-winter days’ in many places.

The lowest temperature up until 4:00 p.m. was minus 27.7 degrees in Shumarinai in the town of Horokanai, which was lowest of all the observation points in Japan. The lowest temperature in the city of Furano was minus 26.6 degrees Celsius, and the lowest in the city of Nayoro was minus 25.4 degrees Celsius. Of the 10 lowest temperatures in Japan that day, seven were recorded at points within the Kamikawa subprefecture.

 At a cattle shed in Etanbetsu in the city of Asahikawa, where the lowest temperature of minus 25.1 degrees was observed, the breath of beef cattle turned white in the air, and froze the hairs around their mouths.


Etanbetsu-cho, Asahikawa