Siberia Swelters at 100 F

June 22, 2020

Washington Post:

A northeastern Siberian town is likely to have set a record for the highest temperature documented in the Arctic Circle, with a reading of 100.4 degrees (38 Celsius) recorded Saturday in Verkhoyansk, north of the Arctic Circle and about 3,000 miles east of Moscow. Records at that location have been kept since 1885.

If verified, this would be the northernmost 100-degree reading ever observed, and the highest temperature on record in the Arctic, a region that is warming at more than twice the rate of the rest of the globe.

On Sunday, the same location recorded a high temperature of 95.3 degrees (35.2 Celsius), showing the Saturday reading was not an anomaly. The average June high temperature in Verkhoyansk is just 68 degrees (20 Celsius).

Verkhoyansk is located at 67.5 degrees north latitude, whereas the Arctic Circle begins at 66.5 degrees.

The town of about 1,300 is located farther north than Fairbanks, Alaska, and is known for having an unusually wide temperature range. During the winter, Verkhoyansk is one of the coldest spots in the world, with temperatures frequently dipping well below minus-50 degrees.

Temperatures in Chersky, about 700 miles to the northeast of Verkhoyansk, reached 86 degrees (30 Celsius) in the past week, which is also unusual and caused by the large area of high pressure, or heat dome, that remains parked over it.

In 2020, Siberia has stood out for its above-extreme temperatures, which have accelerated the melting of snow and ice; contributed to permafrost melt, which led to a major oil spill; and have gotten the Siberian wildfire season off to an unusually early and severe start.

11 Responses to “Siberia Swelters at 100 F”

  1. Sir Charles Says:

  2. dumboldguy Says:

    Is anyone really surprised by this turn of events?

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      Both ends of the spectrum are not surprised (climate aware and deniers who “know” this is fake news), but some people in the middle might be.

      As an older person I can sometimes be surprised at some of the manifestations of AGW if only because I have to remind myself that it’s 2020 already. Time has flown for me since I first took interest in the early Noughties, and many of the predictions which have been rationally expected (like turning 60) still surprise me.

      One thing that doesn’t seem to have changed: A lot of the prediction charts still end at the year 2100.

  3. indy222 Says:

    Prediction charts often end at 2100 because to do a CPU heavy decently detailed climate model takes $$$$$, which I imagine is getting harder and harder to get in the head up the hind-end Trump “science” funding hatchet people. It’s not really a concerted effort to not look forward…. at least, that’s my benefit of the doubt tentative conclusion. A few modellings do go much further and yeah, it’s pretty awful, and the causes are not our own CO2 at that point, it’s the permafrost melt, and no it’s not Doomist hydrates explosions, it’s plain old peat and organisms munching on thawed ancient plants. We’re highly risking losing control of the entire process while we drag feet – moaning and whining about our God-Given Economic Growth Uber Alles paradigm.

    100F. Even I’m a little surprised we’ve hit that already. The thing about permafrost melt which I’m not sure is in the climate models, is that as a consistent month after month source of methane and CO2, it’s not really so well mixed with the atmosphere. If models are too simple and merely spread it instantly, they’re not going to be seeing the true heating effect. There IS a gradient in CO2 and especially methane, which is rising much faster, and its centered on the far north.

    • grindupbaker Says:

      Yes but that maximum temperature isn’t any measure of global warming. It’s heat being moved around internally. It’s a large change in air circulation pattern of northern hemisphere. it’s quite analogous to those famous fast ups & downs of the North Atlantic region in the Greenland ice sheet core temperature proxies, the bipolar see saw. I’m not saying it’s the same of course, it’s an analogous large, rapid internal heat movement jolting.

  4. redskylite Says:

    Local news from the Siberian Times

    “Higher in the Arctic, east of Verkhoyansk in the Abyysky district of Yakutia, residents pleaded in both the mainstream media and social media for help with wildfires.

    ‘Please pay attention to our northern district. Wildfires are surrounding villages of Suturuokha and Belaya Gora, they are close to oil terminal. I am really scared for my relatives’ – one local posted in an appeal to local authorities.

    The situation with wildfires might get worse due to the abnormally hot weather, admitted a duty officer of a local emergency service.

    For ten days the temperature in the district has varied between +30C and +34C, with smoke from wildfires blanketing villages. ”

    http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/unexpected-june-snow-in-siberias-south-as-highest-ever-arctic-heat-is-recorded-in-russias-coldest-region/

    • grindupbaker Says:

      “Wildfires are surrounding villages of Suturuokha and Belaya Gora, they are close to oil terminal”. Is this Karma week ? Is this Save Our Profitable Oil week ?


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