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Sun disappears over the Pole of Cold, in bizarre repeat of last year’s blackout

By The Siberian Times reporter
09 August 2019

Residents of sub-Arctic Verkhoyansk district of Yakutia woke up in complete darkness.

The timing of the returning black skies puzzled the locals as almost exactly a year ago - in July 2018  - there was another pitch black morning over three major areas of Yakutia

There was no trace of light until after 8am local time over the Verkhoyansk district in the north of Yakutia. 

Almost exactly a year ago - in July 2018  - there was another pitch black morning over three major areas of Yakutia, Eveno-Bytantaisky, Zhigansky and the same Verkhoyansky district. 

Darkness which had a yellow tinge lasted for over three hours and was followed by drop in air temperature.  

The territory impacted by the gloom was larger than Italy.

This time weather experts thought the blackout was caused by smoke from wildfires mixing with heavy rain clouds, and they didn’t register change in temperature. 

The timing of the returning black skies puzzled the locals. 

Sun disappears over the Pole of Cold, in bizarre repeat of last year’s blackout


Sun disappears over the Pole of Cold, in bizarre repeat of last year’s blackout


Sun disappears over the Pole of Cold, in bizarre repeat of last year’s blackout


Sun disappears over the Pole of Cold, in bizarre repeat of last year’s blackout


Sun disappears over the Pole of Cold, in bizarre repeat of last year’s blackout


Sun disappears over the Pole of Cold, in bizarre repeat of last year’s blackout
Residents of sub-Arctic Verkhoyansk district of Yakutia woke up in complete darkness


‘Is that becoming a weird tradition that every August or July we wake up, panicking, because there the Sun is off again?!’,  said a resident of the town of Verkhoyansk. 

It was a high amount of carbon monoxide in the air that sped up and intensified the process of clouds formation, said chief specialist of Fobos weather station Yevgeny Tishkovets. 

‘This situation can be compared to what is happening during cloud spiking which is done to cause rain. The cloud cover was as thick as it can possibly be,  add to this the wildfires smoke and precipitation. This is still, of course, rather approximate and we need to analyse what happened in a lot more details’, he said on Yakutia-24 TV channel. 

The Fobos weather centre shared two maps, one showing extremely high amounts of carbon monoxide (7,19mg/m3 while the allowed maximum is 5mg/m3) in the air, and another one confirming very high level of cloudiness. 

Currently heaviest wildfires are in the south of Yakutia, with smoke moving north. 

It was a high amount of carbon monoxide in the air that sped up and intensified the process of clouds formation, said chief specialist of Fobos weather station Yevgeny Tishkovets

Sun disappears over the Pole of Cold, in bizarre repeat of last year’s blackout


Sun disappears over the Pole of Cold, in bizarre repeat of last year’s blackout

Comments (4)

We had a similar experience here in Yellowknife, Canada (we are also in the arctic) about 5 years ago. A forest fire created a thunderstorm that blacked out the entire sky and it was as dark as night at 5pm. The rain was also black - like coffee. After a few hours, the sun came back. Certainly one of the strangest storms I've seen in my life!
Andrew Robinson, Yellowknife/Canada
14/08/2019 21:43
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Very surprisingly as same as Gostly Blue Cloud among North Pole and Greenland in this year by catching NASA.
Nishioka Yoshio, Osaka/Japan
13/08/2019 13:01
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May need a high atmosphere weather balloon ready for next year to take samples and check out the top layer.
James, Alaska
13/08/2019 06:19
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It would be interesting to know if there was atmospheric samplings of the carbon monoxide levels and how high they actually were.
Climate Watcher, Washington
11/08/2019 06:35
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