Siberia Heat: Did the Arctic Region break a heat record?

July 29, 2013SIBERIA, RUSSIA Did the Arctic region break a heat record? According to English-language outlet The Siberian Times, temperatures of 32 degrees Celsius, or 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit, were recorded in the Siberian city of Norilsk on July 21. The average temperature in July in the region is 13.6 C, or 56.48 F. Weather historian Christopher C. Burt explains on the website Weather Underground that the entire Russian Arctic region has seen warm weather as of late. Burt adds that Norilsk has seen its warmest nights in recent days — some 20.2 C, or 68.26 F — and that wildfires have erupted in the region. However Burt and The Siberian Times disagree as to whether the warm weather spell is a record. According to the Siberian Times, the recent spike broke the 31.9 C (89.42 F) record set three decades ago, while Burt believes the current record stands at 32.2 C (89.96 F). The blog Weather In Siberia notes that the month of July has shown extremely fluctuating temperatures. While the website describes the record temperatures of recent days, it also says that July 1 this year was the coldest measured in many years. Norilsk, where the extreme temperatures were measured, is the northernmost city in the world. The Siberian town houses 175,000 residents and is built on the permafrost. The Weather Channel reports that temperatures of -60 F (-51 C) are no exception in winter in Siberia, making it one of the coldest inhabited places on earth. The heat is bad news for firefighters in the region. NASA explains that once the snow melts, the remote region is very susceptible to wildfires. According to Russia Beyond The Headlines, 900 specialists are currently fighting several fires that are already raging in the area. Dozens of Russians were killed by fires during a heat-wave in the summer of 2010, when fire gripped over millions of hectares. –Huffington Post
contribution by Robin Westenra
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4 Responses to Siberia Heat: Did the Arctic Region break a heat record?

  1. Freedomfighter says:

    We have had some abnormally warm nights here in Utah also but then again we have had abnormally cold winters lately too so not sure what’s going on, I don’t believe humans cause global change the earth has been going through hot and cold cycles for millions of years before we were even here, we could be witnessing change to a new cycle.


  2. niebo says:

    – 60 not an exception? Sounds like a case of “when hell thaws”. . . .


  3. Paul Paiment says:

    I used to take my Ski-Doo to work from Hanmer Ontario to the southern city of Sudbury and avoid getting caught up in traffic on the highways. From November to end of April I would take my snowmobile and end up saving 60 minutes and 10 dollars of fuel on a daily basis. The snappy snowy November mornings of 1993-94 no longer exist and in fact, the snowmobile industry as a whole has declined 75% minimum. Five weeks of winter scattered in a 4 month season has replaced the customary winter climate I knew as a 25 year old. I hear we are near a tipping point when it comes to the growth of climate extremes and anticipate to witness some very strange phenomena within the next 45 years of my life.


  4. Todd Marley says:

    Proving the tipping point has been reached.


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