Northeast Siberia braces for extreme cold of -60C

Can you imagine going out to this Stevenson Screen in Verkhojansk and taking a reading in – 60C cold? Let’s count our blessing here in the USA and Canada that we don’t have to deal with these kinds of temperatures, yet.

Stevenson Screen at Verhojansk Meteo Station looking ENE

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RIA Novosti

Northeast Siberia braces for extreme cold of -60C

15/12/2008 12:45 YAKUTSK, December 15 (RIA Novosti) – Temperatures in the northeast Siberian republic of Yakutia could fall to minus 60 degrees Celsius (minus 76 degrees Fahrenheit) in the next few days, the local meteorological service said Monday.

With average low temperatures in Yakutia dropping below minus 40 degrees Celsius (minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit) overnight, weather in the town of Verkhoyansk dropped overnight to minus 53 degrees Celsius (minus 63.4 degrees Fahrenheit), while in Oymyakon it reached minus 57 degrees Celsius (minus 70.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

“However, this is not the limit – in the next few days weather in the town of Krestyakh could drop below minus 58 degrees Celsius (minus 72.4 degrees Fahrenheit),” the meteorological service spokesman said.

The spokesman added that the current spell of extremely cold weather was due to an influx of cold polar air masses.

Yakutia has two places that contest the honor of being named the North Pole of cold, or the place where the lowest-ever temperature in the Northern hemisphere was recorded – Verkhoyansk with a record of minus 67.8 degrees Celsius (minus 90 degrees Fahrenheit) and Oymyakon with a minimum of minus 67.7 degrees Celsius (minus 89.9 degrees Fahrenheit).

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Graeme Rodaughan

I wonder what the NOAA USHCN weather station data in NE Siberia will show for the December average temperature.
Looking forward to the January Data.
It would be funny if they re-posted the november data or something like that.
Or will the average be lower than normal?

Hi,
I’ve just ended to search thru Russian pages not knowing about the post. So… something real cool. 😉
All about Yakutsk (Yakutia).
Today: http://www.hmn.ru/index1.php?code=50&value=24959
3 days: http://www.hmn.ru/index1.php?code=4&value=24959
Archive: http://www.hmn.ru/index1.php?code=8&value=24959
Airport: http://avia.meteonovosti.ru/index.php?index=1&icao=UEEE&iso_cntr=RU
For future use:
Meteo Novosti: http://www.hmn.ru/index.php?check=1
RIA Novosti: http://www.rian.ru/forecast/?forecast_type=1
Russia’s Weather: http://meteo.infospace.ru/russia/html/index.htm
Original text in Russian: http://www.dni.ru/society/2008/12/15/155430.html
Please use Google translate: http://translate.google.com/translate_t
Regards

crosspatch

If it gets down to -78.5°C, then the CO2 will freeze out of the air as frost.
Which makes me suspect of CO2 concentrations trapped in ice core samples.

EJ

Having braved this kinda of cold before, absolutely been there. If we get our wishes, we can now look forward to power supplies by our gerbals and many dinners of weeds. Thank goodness its starting to freeze everywhere! Our food supply is now ensured.
We couldn’t have our crops grow better with longer growing seasons and increased CO2, especially if they are irrigated. No.
Is your freedom to breath now going to be determined in some back room in Europe?

tetris

It boggles the mind that we are still being told [by Gore and others] that “Arctic temperatures are far above normal”. Reality is Arctic air with temperatures not seen since the mid-1970s is not only bearing down on Siberia but on good parts of North America and Europe as well.

I’ll gladly give you a quitclaim deed to any part of the Earth’s surface where I can convert from °C to °F in my head.

Pamela Gray

Meh.
Record lows and snowfall are coming in from Oregon, Idaho and Washington:
http://www.weather.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=pdt
Many are breaking 70+ years of data.
Tomorrow will bring more in. I have 9 inches of snow in my front yard in Pendleton. School was two hours late today. We are a hardy, if not stupid, bunch.

J.Hansford.

Damn….. and I’ve just invested in a Siberian ice company ’cause the Arctic woz gunna run outta ice….. Knew I shouldna listened to that Gore fella.
…. Hmm. They reckon Ice is a good insulator ‘eh?…. Might have to go with cheap Siberian igloos instead… what with the collapse of the housing market an’ all. 😉

According to USA Today, the coldest temperature ever officially recorded in the USA was -79.8°F – rounded off to -80°F – observed at Prospect Creek Camp in the Endicott Mountains of northern Alaska on Jan. 23, 1971. The Prospect Creek Camp is along the Alaska pipeline about 20 miles north of the Arctic Circle.
The North American low of -81.4°F. was recorded at Snag in Canada’s Yukon Territory, on Feb. 3, 1947.
The lowest ever recorded in the contiguous 48 States, was -69.7°F (rounded off to -70°F) at Rogers Pass, in Lewis and Clark County, Mont., on Jan. 20, 1954.
The coldest temperature ever recorded east of the Mississippi River was -60°F in Tower, Minn., on Feb. 2, 1996.

crosspatch

bah, vapor pressure, no it wouldn’t condense CO2 out. My bad.

Steve Keohane

crosspatch (20:27:46) Maybe I am missing something, but if CO2 frost were included in the ice cores, wouldn’t that cause higher levels of CO2 to correlate with colder temperatures? I assume the CO2 level would be exaggerated in the core if a large portion of the verticle column of CO2 in the atmosphere precipitated at <-78.5°C.

Richard deSousa

After reading Lubos Motl’s blog on Steven Chu, the US’s next Secretary of Energy, I’m wondering how this guy ever won the Nobel Prize. Along with his boss, the next president of the US, the gods help us… the US is surrounded by idiots.
http://motls.blogspot.com/

Its cold enough in the US… See what I’ve been dealing with: http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=54001

Aviator

J. Hansford quotes “They reckon Ice is a good insulator ‘eh?”. I can assure you that it is not. An igloo is built of snow; if it turns to ice, you freeze to death. I’ve lived in an igloo (actually two, had to build a new one when one started to glaze over) for a week and I do not wish to repeat the experience. I certainly do not want to have to display my snow-building skills to the younger generation but I’m afraid I may have to given Al Gore’s track record on predictions. A balmy -9C (16F) here on Vancouver Island tonight.

Graeme Rodaughan

crosspatch (20:27:46) :
crosspatch (21:18:41) :
And I was about to say – “That’s a subtle point”. But nevermind.

David S

Well if it was my job to read the thermometer that day I would open another bottle of vodka and then write down the temperature from last month. Hmmm, why does that sound familiar?

Bill Jamison

Denver had a low of -19F last night, breaking the old record of -6F set in 1951.
I had no idea that it got that cold in Denver!
The good news is that ski resorts are thrilled to have 3ft or more of fresh light powder snow just in time for the holidays.

The main Russian meteo address I sent at the beginning of this page (comments) are in English versions as well. So everyone will able to follow the current Yakutsk temps without translations:
http://www.hmn.ru/en/
Regards

I’ve done some rudimentary calculations, and it turns out that -60C falls under the category of ‘pretty damned cold’.
Just giving you a head’s up.

Neil Hampshire

The BBC reported that Moscow itself is having a very warm December
They have still not seen serious snow which is most unusual

rokshox

I left a chilly Porto Alegre yesterday, changed planes in a decidedly cold Sao Paulo (remember it’s supposed to be summer down there), and arrived home in Las Vegas to 2 inches of snow.

pkatt

We have snow on the ground and a cold front moving in which comes with its own weather service advisory… Yay! Im so glad its warming up. (sarc off)
In reality turns out that the Farmer’s Almanac for this area is right on so far. Wonder how the climate models are doing:P http://www.almanac.com/weatherforecast/us/13
The appointment announcements today were sort of a bummer. Only thing that makes me happy right now is the thought that somewhere in the world its warm and a little irony, most of the states who pledged their souls to Kyoto are experiencing record cold and cold related problems (ice pwr outages, record cold temps). Who says mother nature doesnt have a sence of humor, eh?

JimB

Richard deSousa:
“… the US is surrounded by idiots.”
You mean run by idiots.
No need to be mean to our canadian and mexican neighbors.
JimB

JimB

“Denver had a low of -19F last night, breaking the old record of -6F set in 1951.”
Yes…but it’s a dry cold.
JimB

Adam Soereg

Generally, Oymyakon is said to be the coldest permanently inhabited place on the Earth. From some point of view, it is considered to be true (coldest average temperature in winter months), but the other side ofthe coin is that July can be warmer there than in Western Europe, and the annual mean temperature is ‘warmer’ than some places in Nunavut, Canada.
The word “Oymyakon” means ‘non-freezing water’ in a local language, named after a hot spring nearby. The average temperature in january for the 1951-2000 period is -46,8°c, and the lowest recorded temerature is -71,2°c. However, this data is obtained by extrapolation. The record high for Oymyakon is 38,0°c (about 101°F), so the largest temperature variation in one place (109,2°c!) is recorded there. In the early 1990’s, after the collapse of the Soviet Union the weather station is moved from Oymyakon to Tomtor, 60kms South from the original location. Tomtor is at about 750 meters above sea level, while Oymyakon is at only 670 meters.
I calulated the monthly mean temperatures by comparing T24 and (Tmin/Tmax)/2, which can be found in GHCN and GSOD dataset. I adjusted all pre-1990 data, because of the significantly higher minimum temperature readings in the new location. It seems that the relocation of the station affected Tmin better than Tmax. Annual mean temp. was estimated where some monthly values were missing.
You can download the data from here: http://gtk2007.extra.hu/FIles/ojmjakon.xlsDespite of the record low winter temperatures, Oymyakon shows warming in the recent decades on an annual basis.

B Kerr

jorgekafkazar (20:49:04) :
I’ll gladly give you a quitclaim deed to any part of the Earth’s surface where I can convert from °C to °F in my head.
Easy!!
Double C ……. Subtract 10%
Add 30 Add 2
So if C=16
2C = 32
10% =3.2
F = 32 – 3.2 or 32 – 3.
F=29.2 +30 = 59 +2 = 61
Works for me!!

Ron de Haan

Richard deSousa (21:45:32) :
“After reading Lubos Motl’s blog on Steven Chu, the US’s next Secretary of Energy, I’m wondering how this guy ever won the Nobel Prize. Along with his boss, the next president of the US, the gods help us… the US is surrounded by idiots.
http://motls.blogspot.com/
Richard,
Winder how this guy ever won the Nobel Prize:
http://heliogenic.blogspot.com/2008/12/wonder-how-gore-got-his-prize.html

rutger

record snow in austria and italy.. over 200m of fresh snow fell the last 4 days and its still falling
http://89.163.145.92/~skiforum/forum/showthread.php?t=25745&page=5
reports that there is 6 m of snow in slovenia!
Snow height:
625 cm
http://www.kanin.si/index.php?lng=en&cont=222&l=2
spain got over a meter last weekend..
south-west alpes italy ; CLOSED.. TO much Snow
http://www.monterosa-ski.com/index.php?option=com_readxmlmeteo10x&Itemid=153..
i have never seen this, its the the most snowfall in over 100 years

Peter Hearnden

Someone must have turned off the hot water pipes?

Dodgy Geezer

David S:
Well if it was my job to read the thermometer that day I would open another bottle of vodka and then write down the temperature from last month. Hmmm, why does that sound familiar?
Well, he seems to have brought a female meterologist out with him as well, so perhaps he has another method of keeping warm…?

Richard Hegarty

This report from Russia Today on the coldest town on earth has an interview with a meteorologist who recorded -63C.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOOKhewUF7Y

PearlandAggie

meanwhile, do these folks have any credibility left?
NASA: 2 Trillion Tons of Ice Has Melted Since 2003
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,467526,00.html

Reid

They are getting close to temperatures where steel shatters like glass.

Bill Marsh

Am I imagining things or is there a lit incandescent bulb inside that Stevenson screen during daylight? That certainly would help the accuracy of the temp measurements.

Retired Engineer

PearlandAggie (02:59:51) : “Two trillion tons has melted.”
I’m sure this is true. But how much has frozen since then?
The Yin and Yang of ice these days, it can melt and freeze at the same time. Or perhaps all that CO2 lowers the melting point.
Besides, the government has ‘melted’ 4-5 trillion dollars in the last two months. What’s a bit of ice compared to that? Talk about run by idiots.

Dodgy Geezer

“meanwhile, do these folks have any credibility left?
NASA: 2 Trillion Tons of Ice Has Melted Since 2003”
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,467526,00.html
Well, this seems to be happening as we speak. Have you looked at the JAXA figures? For the last few days the total Arctic Ice Extent has been going DOWN! In Winter! Can anyone explain what’s happening here?
http://www.ijis.iarc.uaf.edu/en/home/seaice_extent.htm

Tom in glad to be here Florida

And I was complaining about +46 degrees F the other morning! BTW, there are still many, many bargains on housing here. And no state income taxes! The tangerines from my tree were delicious this morning and the golf is still only $35 a round right now. What are you all waiting for?

Mikira

Here’s the formulas:
C=5(F-32)/9 F=9*C/5+32
So 9 * -67.8 = -610.2/5 = -122.04 +32 = -90.04

Bill: Anthony has said before he reckons the one in the photo is a mockup for tourists. But you’d still think they’d want to leave it off – at those ambient temperatures the lamp is going to make it look a lot warmer than it really is.

PearlandAggie

LOL @ Retired Engineer!
I’m also an engineer, but not retired 🙂
by the way, what happened to record warmth in Siberia? gone, i suppose, just like those trillions of dollars………..

Michael Ronayne

At a pressure of one atmosphere and temperatures below −78°C (-108°F) carbon dioxide will be a solid and it will “snow” dry-ice. For additional more information see:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_dioxide
The coldest recorded temperature on Earth, -89.2°C (-128.6°F) was measured at Vostok Station Antarctica on July 21, 1983 which is at an altitude of 3,500 m (11,484 ft), so there would be no dry-ice snow at that elevation and temperature. Because of background radiation there are theoretical lower limits as to how cold it can get in the Antarctic or Arctic but the observed values are below the theoretical minimum by several degrees. The chances of seeing it snow dry-ice at sea level are improbable and the dry-ice would sublimate upon contact with the ground but it is fun to speculate on the possibility; which is most likely a direct result of reading too many Hal Clement novels in my misspent youth. On the other hand, we have never had the opportunity to observe polar conditions under the impact of a full ice age, so let’s keep an open mind as to the possibilities during the next 100 years.
In the ice core records has any evidence of dry-ice snow been found and would such records if they did exist be preserved during the drilling and extraction process?
Mike
p.s. Yes I have the three volume Hal Clement anthology collectors set

Stevie B

So um, with the polar temps deciding to visit us in Siberia and the US, dropping temps to near historic or even historic lows…how is it the ice is melting according to the IJIS website? I know NANSEN just made a correction, what’s up with IJIS?

Steven Hill

Why is the sea ice chart going downward?
thanks,
Steve

David Y

PearlandAggie–
Notice where the FoxNews story says:
“Between Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska, melting land ice has raised global sea levels about one-fifth of an inch in the past five years, Luthcke said. Sea levels also rise from water expanding as it warms.”
So if we do the math: 1/5 of an inch in 5 years; that’s 1 inch every 25 years, or 4 inches every century. And the historical sea level rise since the last ice age has been what, 8-12 inches per century? Maybe due to, hmmm, melting ice and warming oceans? This lower rate is supposed to scare us?
This is a perfect example of how the media throws a number out there without any context, expecting it to outrage or scare the public. It’s like if I said “At least 170,000 dead in yesterday’s dying spree”–which, based on a back of the envelope calculation, is likely how many people on the planet died of natural causes yesterday.
Also, regarding sea level rise: The neat thing about sea level rise is that unlike an asteroid hit, a wealthy society can TAKE A STEP BACK AWAY FROM THE WATER–or follow the Netherlands model of high-tech dikes, etc. What is most galling about this is the Alarmists’ complete and utter lack of faith in humanity. Just disgusting.

John S.

When the Soviet Army and the Chinese PLA were waging their mini-war along the Amuri river in Northeast China in 1969/70 it was one of the coldest winters ever. The Soviet tankers had to build tents over their tanks to keep out the wind and keep in enough heat from an oil stove so that even with the engine running the fuel didn’t get so cold that it wouldn’t support combustion.
So many soldiers suffered cold weather injuries on both sides that there was hardly any fighting until the cold snap ended. One of the Soviet tankers told me that he was climbing up on his tank one day and the hand hold shattered in his hand when he grabbed it and the charging handle broke off the pintle-mounted 12.7mm. Now that was cold.

Wondering Aloud

NOAA will show December averages as far above average anywhere they think they can get away with it, and many places where they clearly can’t get away with it. Afterwords the NASA team will adjust the data to show it was much warmer still. That’s my cynical prediction.
A little more warming of this type and the incresased CO2 will take care of itself as it begins to precipitate out of the atmosphere. Isn’t -68 a bit of a magic number? We can have dry ice at the poles like Mars, will that make them happy?

Arthur Glass

“According to USA Today, the coldest temperature ever officially recorded in the USA was -79.8°F – rounded off to -80°F – observed at Prospect Creek Camp in the Endicott Mountains of northern Alaska on Jan. 23, 1971. The Prospect Creek Camp is along the Alaska pipeline about 20 miles north of the Arctic Circle. ”
From July of 1969 to early January of 1971, I was stationed near or at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, right outside of Fairbanks. I left on Jan 10, 1971; the temperature sign at the airport read -47 through ice fog. So I missed that record cold outbreak (Fairbanks hit -70, I believe) by two weeks. But I’ll tell you, anything lower than -30 is, no matter how warmly you are dressed, beyond cold. A run of days when the high temerature never gets above -40 is brutal.

Perry Debell

Here’s a report from the reliable, non partisan BBC, about the thickness of Arctic ice. It’s getting thinner! Oh bugger, what shall we do?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7692963.stm
I have to pay a TV licence fee of £139.50 per year for this garbage.
http://www.spiderbomb.com/tv/
The sooner the BBC is broken up, the happier I shall be.
Perry

Arthur Glass

Here are the official readings for Fairbanks from 1971:
http://climate.gi.alaska.edu/FaiData/Files/1971.txt
My -47 memory does not quite tally with the official reading. Also, there must have been a chinook event that day to bring the high temp up so high,

Dan Lee

Totally OT, but has anyone noticed this?
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081215121601.htm
“Boundary between Earth’s upper atmosphere and space has moved to extraordinarily low altitudes, NASA instruments document”
I’m not sure what this means or how relevant it is to the theme of this blog, but I don’t know where else to ask.