By Steven Goddard,
There has been a lot of talk about the hot weather in Moscow over the last couple of weeks. This normally gets reported as the “hot weather in Russia.” But Russia is a big country, and much of it has been experiencing cold temperatures.
The Caucuses and nearby Kazakhstan have been getting hit by one cold wave after another – as seen in the video below.
Closeup of Kazakhstan below, showing temperatures 10-15C below normal near lake Balkash.
This past winter was one of the coldest on record in Siberia.
I R K U T S K, Russia, Jan. 22
Winter in Siberia is usually spectacular and always very cold. But this winter has been relentless. Week after week, temperatures have been dipping to 50 below zero. Siberians are accustomed to the cold, but they were completely unprepared for temperatures this low
In further bad news for Kazakhstan, Alberto Contador is leaving team Astana at the end of the year.
Ryan Maue adds from his Florida State University weather map page, NCEP GFS forecast maps of 2-meter temperature anomalies for the globe and selected regions of the world. The anomalies are based upon the new NCEP CFSR reanalysis which extends from 1979-2009, and has the distinct advantage of being based upon a relatively recent incarnation of the NCEP GFS model (so sorta apples to apples). The climatological averages are based upon a 21-day centered average during the past 30-years. While western Russia bakes, the far east and Europe enjoys fall-like temperatures.
NCEP GFS Global Temperature Anomaly Forecasts
Also, Invest 91L in the central Atlantic is becoming better organized and is poised to develop into a Tropical Depression during the next couple of days. Current long-range models put the disturbance east of the Bahamas in 6-days.