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Record warm January temperatures logged in Russian Arctic

By The Siberian Times reporter
30 January 2018

Thermometers go above zero in places where the winter should be 20 or 30 degrees colder.

Stunned locals are taking pictures - of the rain, a near unique sight in January. Picture: Yulia Egorova

Unusually mild temperatures have been recorded in several famously cold Siberian towns this week.

Stunned locals are taking pictures - of the rain, a near unique sight in January.

In Cherskiy - far north in Yakutia - weather watchers registered 2C - in a month when temperatures, according to locals, never reach anywhere near above zero. 

Chersky

In Cherskiy - far north in Yakutia - weather watchers registered 2C. Picture: Alexey Kurilo

The previous closest, two years ago, was -5C.

Some 400 km to the east, in Pevek, in Chukotka, the thermometers reached a balmy 5C, the warmest ever for 30 January.

This compared to a more normal -27 on Friday. 

Pleistocene Park

Tractor sank on winter road in the outskirts of Chersky in February 2017 die to extremely warm weather.  Picture: Pleistocene Park

Meanwhile, the Pacific port of Magadan which registered temperatures very slightly above zero.

Only a week ago, this Pacific city - well south of the polar circle but famous for its cold - was freezing in temperatures of -40C.

Magadan


Magadan


Magadan


Magadan


Meanwhile, the Pacific port of Magadan which registered temperatures very slightly above zero. Pictures: @joox_magadan, @aleks_sandra_mgdn, Irina Denisova, @kisaeva

Schools that functioned in the deep cold had to be closed today because of avalanche risks. 

A warm cyclone coming in from the Pacific is blamed - or credited - for the unseasonal weather. 

Some also say it is a feature of climate change.

Southern wind brought ice to Providenia Bay. Video by Maxim Antipin 

Comments (3)

If we do not stop global warming and climate change hour grandchildren will curse our generation for doing little when we knew it was happening in time to stop it.
John Weiss, Columbia, Maryland United States
20/03/2018 07:40
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we had already fairly heavy snow the last 24 hours. no global warming here... in Moscow the winter starts always lale, suppose it will be a /white/ Easter this year.
Benedikt MORAK, Moscow
30/01/2018 20:55
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Global warming leads to more disorder chaos, principle of Entropy Increase。
姚剑申, 巨鹿/中国
30/01/2018 20:30
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