Alert - The Northernmost Inhabited Place on Earth

Posted by on Thursday, November 17, 2016
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Alert, Nunavut is the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world.

In the 2011 census the permanent population was reported as zero. However, military and scientific personnel are on rotation.

Alert has many temporary inhabitants as it hosts a military signals intelligence radio receiving facility at Canadian Forces Station Alert (CFS Alert), as well as a co-located Environment Canada weather station, a Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) atmosphere monitoring laboratory, and the Alert Airport.

Alert has a polar climate, technically a tundra climate with characteristics of an ice cap climate. There is complete snow cover for at least 10 months of the year on average and snow from one year persists into the next year in protected areas, but enough melts to prevent glaciation. 

The warmest month, July, has an average temperature of 3.4°C. February is the coldest month of the year with a mean temperature of -33.2°C.

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