Month-Long Siberian Heatwave Hitting Near-Record Highs

An extraordinary and perhaps unprecedented heat wave has persisted through July in the central arctic region of Russia, reports Christopher Burt at Some locations have now endured 10 consecutive days above 86°F. Wildfires are erupting in the taiga forests, as can be seen on NASA satellite pictures. The maximum daily temperatures of the Siberian Arctic city of Norilsk, the most northerly city in the world,  had cooled down a little by July 23rd, but that day enjoyed its warmest night so far with a low of 68.4°F. Another Siberian Arctic city, Svetlogorsk, had endured an astonishing 10 consecutive days above 86°F as of July 23rd and had a run of three consecutive days above 90°F. The prolonged heat wave is the result of an amazingly intense and prolonged heat dome that has centered itself over north central Siberia. The anomalous temperature heights are way above normal.


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Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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