Climate Change? Temperature Hits 100 Degrees Above Arctic Circle, Just Like 100 Years Ago

The Left’s obsession with Russia continues – This time it’s a high temperature record.

Over the past few days, social media and news media have been overheating over a new high temperature record in Russia far north Siberia. For example, in this trending tweet, a claim of “literally on fire”.

Founder of the climate activist organization,, the ever over-alarmed Bill McKibben, who once wrote an essay crying about wilting corn during a heat wave earning him the title of “weepy Bill”, Tweeted on the tentative new record set in Verkhoyansk Siberia, touted by the Washington Post:

“Siberian town tops 100 degrees F, the hottest temperature ever recorded north of the Arctic Circle. This scares me, I have to say.”

He’s scared? Obviously, he’s invoking the great universal boogeyman of “climate change” as the culprit here. After all, it’s what he does for a living.  Predictably, The Independent called it part of the “climate crisis”.

But, what about the other times when it got that hot above the Arctic circle, before there was even a glimmer of “global warming” aka “climate change” becoming a science social justice cause?

For example, this Associated Press article says:

“…it was 100 degrees on June 27, 1915, in Fort Yukon, [Alaska] according to official records of the National Weather Service. Records date back to 1904.”

Inconveniently, that pretty much cools down Bill’s claim of “the hottest temperature ever recorded north of the Arctic Circle”.  Both Verkhoyansk, Siberia and Fort Yukon, Alaska are well above the latitude that defines the Arctic Circle. How is it, that in 1915, when “climate change” supposedly due to increased carbon dioxide in our atmosphere wasn’t even a factor, it got that hot? Inquiring minds want to know.

Or how about the fact that the previous record in Verkhoyansk was 37.3C (99.1F) in 1988, also before “climate change” was even an issue on anyone’s radar, and CO2 in the atmosphere then was just below the 350 parts per million that Bill McKibben considers “safe” ?

FYI, was founded on that value.


What the Washington Post, “Weepy Bill”, and others who are using this tentative record to justify their views on “climate change” are ignoring is that Verkhoyansk is also the record holder for the coldest temperature record outside of Antarctica. In February 1892, it dropped to a shocking -90.0 degrees F, the coldest temperature ever recorded there. Verkhoyansk’s average low in January is -55 degrees Fahrenheit, and temperatures there regularly drop to -70 degrees Fahrenheit or below.

So, how can a place be both a poster child for global warming aka “climate change” and ice-age like global cooling at the same time? The answer is; it has the most highly variable temperature range on the planet due to its geography and normal meteorological patterns.

Verkhoyansk has an extreme subarctic climate dominated much of the year by high pressure. This has the effect of cutting off the region from warming influences in winter and together with a lack of cloud cover leads to extensive cold during the cooler months. In the summer, the opposite is true, leading to excessively high temperatures.

According to the Moscow Times:

“Verkhoyansk holds the Guinness World Record for the highest recorded temperature range of 105 C, fluctuating from minus 68 C to a high of 37 C. The previous temperature record for the isolated town of around 1,300 residents stood at 37.3 C in July 1988.” 

In other words, such extremes are normal for the place. With just over a hundred years of temperature records there, and the planet being billions of years old, it isn’t at all surprising that we still haven’t measured the extremes of natural variation, both hot and cold, for this place.

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June 23, 2020 4:17 pm

also how much development has taken place -you know, concrete buildings and roads?etc.Were was the temperature set? the Airport tarmac? I’d like to know..
I’ve spent a “nigh” in Ft.Yuk er, Yukon in hot,uncomfortable Douglas DC-6 listening to the mosquitoes buzz against the netting..Back in the late 80’s -it was as I recall this was June15th or so-96F.

Reply to  4EDouglas
June 24, 2020 9:18 am


Nobody has noticed the COLD weather system left of it turning counter clockwise pushing in the air from a far southern place where these temperatures are normal.,51.90,576/loc=116.734,71.574

So this hot air is not created in north Siberia but transported there from a place where it is hot in summer.

What does that has to do with CO2 ? The news should be the much colder temperature in the Ural mountain zone

And why nobody talks about the colder than normal weather in Alaska ?

Gary Pearse
Reply to  4EDouglas
June 28, 2020 7:30 am

Verkhoyansk’s normal temperatures have spent much of the spring and summer in Southern Canada/ Northern US.

Joel Snider
June 23, 2020 4:18 pm

I’ve never actually been to the Arctic circle, but it gets pretty hot in Alaska in the summer – the sun not going down at night, and all.

Jack Black
Reply to  Joel Snider
June 23, 2020 7:00 pm

….. and you’d think wee Scottie would know all about that, him having worked for a spell as a shipping lane weather forecaster after he left College only FOUR years ago. Now suddenly though he professes to know more than venerable temperature monitoring vituouso A. Watts of “surfacestations” !!!

Jack Black
Reply to  Jack Black
June 23, 2020 8:17 pm

Even worse when you actually look at his self professed CV. at LinkedIn, you can see that he actually wrote his degree thesis on the subject of the inaccuracy of weather forecasting models, and poor predictability of the Arctic Weather by studying the Norwegian Sea. If there’s one thing worse than people who pontificate about so called Man-made climate change, it’s somebody who Knows he is being economical with the Truth! Then again he does admit to have been “playing the fiddle” since an early age ! 😂

Of course he was indoctrinated by the well known climate cabal at Britain’s Reading University. Second only perhaps to the shillfest at East Anglia University. According to the long list of “qualifications” he professes, there can really be no excuse for this drivel he has pumped out about the temperatures in Siberia and Alaska. He absolutely Must know the truth, and that what he has written there is utter poppycock and misdirection. EDF Trading will be very proud though, and probably furnish wee Scottie with a new set of bagpipes or something? 🤑

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  Joel Snider
June 24, 2020 6:56 am

I’ve never actually been to the Arctic circle, but it gets pretty hot in Alaska in the summer – the sun not going down at night, and all.

And that is one reason the surface of the planet Venus is so hot – average surface temperature of 462°C (863°F).

It takes 243 Earth-days to complete one rotation, so its 122 earth days of constant Sunshine heating up the atmosphere.

Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
June 24, 2020 7:43 am

If that were the case, then wouldn’t the night side be bone chillingly cold? After all the sun doesn’t shine for 122 earth days.

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  MarkW
June 24, 2020 12:52 pm

Nope, no bone chillingly cold due to …. Atmosphere of Venus

Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
June 24, 2020 3:07 pm

If that’s the case, then the atmosphere would play an equally large role on the day side.
There is only a few degrees difference between daytime and night time temperatures.

June 23, 2020 4:29 pm

“Both Verkhoyansk, Siberia and Fort Yukon, Alaska are well above the latitude that defines the Arctic Circle. “
Not really. According to the link:
“As of 2014, the Arctic Circle passes through the southern portion of the city at 66°33′48.1″N 145°15′23″W.”
It gives FY as
“Fort Yukon is located at 66°34′2″N 145°15′23″W”

Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 23, 2020 5:09 pm

As of 2014? Does it change?

Are there tourist attractions? Yes indeed.

Pole of Cold District Museum of Local Lore

#1 of 1 things to do in Verkhoyansk

Reply to  commieBob
June 23, 2020 5:33 pm

“Does it change?”
Yes, with axial tilt. From the link again:

“The position of the Arctic Circle is not fixed and is drifting northwards at a speed of about 15 m (49 ft) per year.”

Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 23, 2020 7:26 pm

Give me strength Stokes you do play stupid games so part of the city holds the record the other part not … perhaps you might like to inform which residents wre ther at the time 🙂

Can I also point out this is obviously wrong .. it is clearly some layman stupidity

“The position of the Arctic Circle is not fixed and is drifting northwards at a speed of about 15 m (49 ft) per year.”

If that were true the Arctic would be shrinking and eventually disappear, I suspect what they are trying to say is the disc moves so some places it will be up others down.

Reply to  LdB
June 23, 2020 8:12 pm

Nick is right.

The Arctic Circle is roughly the line, north of which, the sun doesn’t rise for at least one day. link If you define the Arctic as anything north of the Arctic Circle, it could indeed shrink to nothing. That’s not the only definition though. link

If the Arctic Circle were to move to the North Pole, we would no longer have seasons. Day and night would be twelve hours everywhere on the planet. I suspect the climate would be totally different.

Reply to  LdB
June 24, 2020 3:04 am

Nick is technically correct and the article should not have said “well within” but that both sites are only just in the arctic circle.

So unless we are nit-picking about a few seconds of arc in latitude the two sites are at nearly identical latitudes and the new “record” is fine line technicality , not a clear indication of “climate crisis”.

Presumably, in 1988 Verkhoyansk was even further inside the arctic circle at that time, it is effectively “less arctic than it used to be. Maybe that makes it warmer around the days of longest insolation.

The phenomenon on de-arctification needs more study. Please send more money.

Reply to  LdB
June 24, 2020 3:30 am

Nick is not “playing silly games” , he is giving a clear and informed answer to a valid question.

I too was confused by the “As of 2014” bit and was about to ask the same question. I’d never considered the effect of millennial orbital changes on the size of the arctic circle, so I’m grateful for both the question and Nick’s answer. I’ll go to bed less dumb tonight.

If the arctic circle is moving north at 15m per year, it was about 1.5km further south in 1988. In case this is airport temperature data , the airport is about 600m to the north of this tiny community of 583 mainly Alaskan natives.

Clearly then Fort Yukon was entirely inside the arctic circle in 1988 and the claim is YET ANOTHER FAKE climate record.

Thanks once again to Nick Stokes for the informed comment.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  LdB
June 24, 2020 6:24 am

The Earth’s obliquity ranges from 24.5 -22.1 degrees over approx 20,000 years (half a full cycle). We are currently at 23.43 degrees moving towards the minimum of 22.1 degrees. It takes 8333 years for one degree of obliquity change so we are about 11,088 years from the minimum.
At 49 ft/year, the Arctic Circle will move an additional 103 miles north during those 11,088 years and then start the long slow retreat back to 65.9 degrees at the maximum obliquity. With such a long slow process, I really don’t think there is anything for us to worry about. The way things are going, Humans may not even survive long enough to see a 0.1 degree change.

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  LdB
June 24, 2020 7:10 am

Iffen ya all are gonna get picky then technically, the Arctic Circle is not a “circle”, …… it’s the Arctic Spiral. 😊

spiral = winding in a continuous and gradually widening (or tightening) curve, either around a central point on a flat plane or about an axis so as to form a cone. … “a spiral pattern”

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  LdB
June 24, 2020 10:40 am

“If the arctic circle is moving north at 15m per year, it was about 1.5km further south in 1988.”

I aint no math whiz, let’s see…

1988 was 32 years ago. 32 years times 15 meters is 480.. meters. Where do you get 1.5km?

Robert W. Turner
Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 24, 2020 5:36 am

So you’re saying that there is a reason the high northern latitudes are warming besides CO2.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 28, 2020 7:52 am

That’s very interesting.
Do the tropic lines move by the same amount?
How much global warming is caused by this effect?

Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 23, 2020 5:17 pm

At the current time, Earth’s obliquity is decreasing so give FY a bit of time and it will be well north of the Arctic Circle. Also is the latitude given to the nearest second the airport or just where in FY? Makes a difference.

Reply to  Anthony Watts
June 23, 2020 7:05 pm

Give the man a break. He’s obviously absorbed in answering my question on the Australia thread telling us all, with the appropriate mathematics, what the windmills and solar will do to the global and Australian climates.

I mean, come on, he wouldn’t be ignoring that now would he ??

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Anthony Watts
June 24, 2020 1:10 am

In my other hobby 1\1250 scale ships there’s a group who complain about minor inaccuracies in some small detail are known as Rivet Counters. The equivalent here seems to be the Arctic Circle has moved 50 metres so that does/doesn’t count now, or the average temperature usung a different data set is 0.001’C warmer.

Rivet counting

paul courtney
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
June 24, 2020 12:08 pm

Mr. Vorlich: Excellent! I’ve heard Mr. Stokes described as “race-horsing”, but I think “rivet counter” will come in handy in future comments.

Joel Snider
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
June 24, 2020 12:18 pm

Preoccupation with inconsequential increments is how the Devil gets in the details.

Reply to  Anthony Watts
June 24, 2020 2:15 am

Does he think weather respects an imaginary line on a map.

Even if it were a record for the Arctic it is nowhere near a record for Siberia, towns on permafrost with sub-arctic climates have gotten higher. I’ve put some here:-

Reply to  Anthony Watts
June 24, 2020 8:44 am

North of the Arctic Circle they have around 21 h of sunshine that can heat the ground, where is the mistery ???

John in Oz
Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 23, 2020 11:57 pm

It’s a pity you are not so persnickety about the amendment of temperature data until it confesses.

If someone determined the number of angels dancing on the head of a pin you’d argue about their shoe size or the pin’s dimensions.

Definition of persnickety
1a: fussy about small details : FASTIDIOUS
a persnickety teacher
b: having the characteristics of a snob
2: requiring great precision
a persnickety job

Reply to  John in Oz
June 24, 2020 12:07 am

Angels don’t wear shoes.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 24, 2020 2:36 am

A shirt has a tail but cannot bark.

Don’t tell Angels what to wear.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 24, 2020 2:55 am

Nice one!

Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 24, 2020 7:46 am

To borrow a phrase from Nick.

Prove it.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 24, 2020 9:43 am

(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes by Elvis Costello …

Joel Snider
Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 24, 2020 10:34 am

‘If someone determined the number of angels dancing on the head of a pin you’d argue about their shoe size or the pin’s dimensions.’

Nick’s reply: ‘Angels don’t wear shoes.’

And proves John in Oz correct. And probably thinks he’s being clever.

paul courtney
Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 24, 2020 12:10 pm

Or he’ll argue about something else. “Angels don’t wear shoes.” Seems pretty definitive, is there any uncertainty to this?

Reply to  paul courtney
June 24, 2020 3:10 pm

“is there any uncertainty to this?”

We are talking about Nick here.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 28, 2020 5:51 am

No, but they do “fear to tread” in certain places – probably because of all the horse dervers etc.
Maybe they ought to get a pair.

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 24, 2020 4:46 am

So both are above the arctic circle, which is defined as 66°30’N. As for “well above”, it’s contextual. If you were driving the distance in a heated fossil-fueled vehicle on a paved road, the 7.44 km between the arctic circle and Fort Yukon would be a ten minute comfortable drive. On foot in the winter, it would be “well above” what you’d find easy or comfortable .

Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
June 24, 2020 2:04 pm

“the 7.44 km between the arctic circle and Fort Yukon”
If you use the exact figure for the Arctic circle, I think the distance is 432 m.

Matthew Epp
Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 24, 2020 1:54 pm

Found an article about the hidden desert 35 miles above the Arctic circle in Alaska.

From the article, summer temps routinely reach 100°F.

June 23, 2020 4:30 pm

Perhaps Scott doesn’t know the meaning of “literally.”

Jack Black
Reply to  Scissor
June 23, 2020 6:55 pm

Scott Duncan doesn’t know the meaning of the backspace delete key though, because “WX”, the company he “half owns” was sold out years ago to commercial interests. About the same time he took up his current post at EDF Trading … Who they? Why it’s the Carbon Trading arm of Electricite de France (UK Division). You know the owners of vast fleets of Windmills and Nuclear Power Plants. Oh dear, puir wee Scottie, have you been caught red-handed promoting your vested interests …. again ?

Ooerr !

Nick Graves
Reply to  Scissor
June 24, 2020 3:52 am

Sometimes, a demonstration of the correct usage using an accelerant and a Zippo might seem tempting…

Reply to  Nick Graves
June 24, 2020 10:53 am

What is the difference between a Hippo and a Zippo?
A Hippo is heavy and a Zippo is a little lighter.

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

June 23, 2020 4:31 pm

“In other words, such extremes are normal for the place.”

that sums it up…nothing left to comment on!

Reply to  Deacon
June 23, 2020 5:04 pm

You beat me to it!

Reply to  Deacon
June 24, 2020 12:07 pm

Nobody has noticed the COLD weather system left of it turning counter clockwise pushing in the air from a far southern place where these temperatures are normal?

So CO2 has nothing to do with the warm weather. It is imported air from the south.

June 23, 2020 4:33 pm

“Verkhoyansk holds the Guinness World Record for the highest recorded temperature range of 105 C, fluctuating from minus 68 C to a high of 37 C.”

Says it all

Reply to  Chaamjamal
June 23, 2020 6:20 pm

Just took a quick look through the literature and turns out this climate oddity is well understood.
I will do a post on that

But what explains its use in the climate movement in this fear mongering and tear shedding drama?
The desperation of the climate movement?
Grasping for straws?

Reply to  Chaamjamal
June 24, 2020 1:14 am

“Verkhoyansk is further than 200 kilometers from the nearest reliable weather station, so the weather-related data on this page were taken entirely from NASA’s MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid. ”

Reply to  lee
June 24, 2020 4:38 am

I think re-analysis is something like meta-studies. You take a bunch of medical studies that are individually crap, massage them through a magical tool called meta-analysis and they come out as pure gold.

Except for us cynics, that think they’re still a big steaming mound of BS.

June 23, 2020 4:41 pm

Its end of June, the sun shines all day long, and they are tilted 23.5 degrees toward it. It gets real hot up north this time of year. 38C/100F is the record for many northern communities.

Reply to  DMacKenzie
June 23, 2020 6:55 pm

Most people who read the panic tweets don’t realize that when it’s blazing hot and humid a few months from now it’s already like Thanksgiving above the Arctic Circle.

Reply to  DMacKenzie
June 23, 2020 7:00 pm

It’s 15F colder 500 miles south of Verhoyansk.
It’s 25F colder 1000 miles south of Verhoyansk.

Verhoyansk is 90-67-23=46 degrees below zenith.

26C is the maximum zenith temperature.

Reply to  Zoe Phin
June 24, 2020 8:03 am

Have I missed the new arithmetic
“Verhoyansk is 90-67-23=46 degrees below zenith.”
I think there may be a sign that is wrong
90-67-23 = 0
67-90-23 = -46 or -90 + 67 +23 = 46

Reply to  John
June 24, 2020 3:35 pm

I meant to type 90-(67-23)

Still 26C

Larry in Texas
June 23, 2020 4:45 pm

Wow, Anthony, I can’t even imagine what -90 degrees Fahrenheit would feel like. I lived in Milwaukee for 22 years and lived through some brutal winters, including the Ice Bowl on New Year’s Eve 1967. This makes all of those Milwaukee winters look like spring thaws.

June 23, 2020 4:46 pm

Above normal. Below average. 10, 20, 40 degree temperature swings in a multi-hour period. Now, if it was sustainable over a 30 year period, without precedent… #ComfortablyNumb

Jack Black
Reply to  n.n
June 23, 2020 7:13 pm

Yes nn… This could be wee Scottie’s theme tune?

Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me
Is there anyone at home?”

Dave Gilmore performs with (appropriately perhaps) ….
The Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra ….
(in Scotland “Baltic” being patois term for Very Cold!)

…… Scott Duncan, that’s YOU, that DG is singing about !!!!

Reply to  Jack Black
June 24, 2020 12:53 am

Thank you Jack Black, that song was awesome. I have been feeling numb as of late, nothing comfortable about it though. World gone mad and all that. The electric guitar was sooo uplifting, loved it!

Reply to  Jack Black
June 24, 2020 2:23 pm

Given that David Gilmour and Roger Waters have complete faith in Glowball Warming (as well as all other leftist memes) it might be best they never find out you linked one of their videos here.

Clay Sanborn
Reply to  Jack Black
June 24, 2020 5:19 pm

The initial profile of David Gilmore of the video so resembled AlGore that I was afraid, at first, to start the video – I certainly didn’t want to see it snowing onstage with all those electrical instruments everywhere. But I did select the video, and have enjoyed it. Nice to be able to actually understand most of the lyrics to a song.

Fred Hubler
June 23, 2020 5:06 pm

In 2005 the Canadian Journal of Forest Research published a paper on Arctic tree lines from the Yamal Peninsula that claims that a large number of well-preserved tree remains can be found up to 60 – 80 meters above the current tree line and that the earliest distinct maximum in stand density occurred in the 11th to 13th centuries, coincident with Medieval climate warming. The paper was based on work done by the same Russian scientists, S.G. Shiyatov and R. M. Hantemirov, who were providing tree ring data to Keith Briffa of the Univ. of East Anglia’s CRU.

Reply to  Fred Hubler
June 23, 2020 7:40 pm

Easier to visit (in normal times) is the extremely interesting Bristlecone Pine Forest in California, not so far from Mammoth Lakes. Definitely worth a trip, and you can see that the tree stumps dated to the Roman Warm Period are well up the hill.

June 23, 2020 5:12 pm

So, same old same? And these f**king idiots want to shut down the human race’s agriculture, energy production and manufacturing industries over this sh%t?

Richard Patton
Reply to  2hotel9
June 23, 2020 10:10 pm

Same people who tried to shut down the world’s economy over a disease which has 1/4 the number of victims as the flu of 1968/69

Mark A Luhman
Reply to  Richard Patton
June 23, 2020 11:31 pm

“Same people who tried to shut down the world’s economy over a disease which has 1/4 the number of victims as the flu of 1968/69” No they did shutdown the worlds economy for that disease in 2020.

June 23, 2020 5:19 pm

Someone needs to follow up and tweet back the facts to him and his followers. Does that get you banned?

Reply to  BobM
June 23, 2020 7:28 pm


June 23, 2020 5:26 pm

The always entertaining Ben Davidson over at claims this record high in Siberia has to do with the on-going geomagnetic weakening and a coming reversal event. He points out that this location in Siberia is where he claims the North magnetic pole is heading with it on-going movement and that may be the reason for this surface temp. I enjoy good science fiction.

But hey, he’s making buck selling his doomsterism premium website access and snake oil filled doomster book for $200. Gotta love capitalism. I think it was PT Barnum that, “a sucker is born every minute.”
Between McKibben’s doomsterism money-harvesting 501(c)3 machine and now Ben Davidson’s scifi doomsterism, I fully realize we are no better off than we were 150 years ago when hucksters plied the West with snake oil remedies and rain-making/water dowsing schemes. And for that we can definitely blame this pseudoscience craze on scientists in search of rent, a phenomenon that Michael Crichton pointed out in his famous, “Space aliens cause global warming” lecture.

Jack Black
Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
June 23, 2020 7:46 pm

Joel, I will see your “Ben Davison” 🌠 …

and raise you with my “Rolf Witzsche” 🌞

🌤 🌥 🌦 🌧 🌩 🌨 ❄

June 23, 2020 5:27 pm

These poor fools are more … ‘Liquored Up’ [Watson, “Do You Know What You’ve Been Drinking!] than Poor Sherlock … In The Attic … for weeks … “Order … Out of Chaos” … Violin and … Flies.

Ha ha! 😀

Jolly Good!

June 23, 2020 5:41 pm

I line in the far western UP of Michigan… two weeks back we had a daytime high of 96°F, followed within 36 hours by a hard frost (sub-32°F), and then back into the 90°s a few days after that. Now we’re back to “normal”… day time highs in the mid-70°Fs and nighttime lows in the mid-50°Fs… pretty catastrophic stuff. Meh.

Oh yeah, the mosquitoes and black flies have been unusually bad this year… don;t know whether to fry ’em or freeze ’em….

Reply to  JMichna
June 23, 2020 5:47 pm

Feel your pain! Here in western PA we seesawed between 90s and freezing several times, had a hard frost late in spring. OH, MY, WEATHER!!!!!!! And CLIMATE!!!!!!!!! People who spend the majority of their lives inside temperature controlled buildings have no clue about climate or weather. F**ktards.

Tom in Florida
June 23, 2020 5:51 pm

Hold on. Isn’t this the same area that a few years ago reported data from the previous year? Wasn’t this looked into and found that any data from their was unreliable?

Abolition Man
June 23, 2020 6:00 pm

The left’s obsession with Russia will continue as long as they can keep filling their pockets with ChiCom yen!
It seem as if EVERYTHING that is problematic for the US citizen is brought to us by the ChiComs through their bought-and-paid-for politicians, educators and media whores! Our failing school sytem, the ChiCom-19 Virus and these well organized protests and riots are just a few of the examples of ChiCom money influencing our politics and economy. You can bet they are ramping up to rig the 2020 election.
Russia should be a distant ally or frenemy with the US as we have much in common outside of the political arena. Unfortunately, Slick Willie got his first millions installing the Russian Mafia in their government and the rest is, as they say, history! A tenuous alliance with Russia would offset the ChiCom attempt at world domination; but the DemoKKKrats would rather see the US fail than upset their Chinese masters!
Who knew that basking in the sun for 24 hours a day would cause high temperatures? Not a fervent disciple of the Progressive Church of Climastrology!

Rick C PE
Reply to  Abolition Man
June 23, 2020 8:45 pm

Japan – Yen
China – Yuan
Leftists – Dollars, Euros, Pounds Sterling; not fussy as long as it’s OPM.

Reply to  Abolition Man
June 23, 2020 10:56 pm

“The left’s obsession with Russia…”
Has to be the longest bow I have ever seen drawn. From Verkhoyansk all the way to Fort Yukon. That also has to be a Guiness World record, congratulations to Anthony for an extraordinary effort. What is equally astonishing is his obsession with the left. Crazy times.

Reply to  Loydo
June 24, 2020 7:52 am

Criminals prefer for their victims to ignore them.

June 23, 2020 6:10 pm

Fully half of the US states’ standing highest recorded temperatures occurred prior to 1941. So there’s that.

June 23, 2020 6:10 pm

Cloud control leads to crowd control .

Al Miller
June 23, 2020 6:15 pm

Well put- wherever the alarmists put “science ” should read Social Justice. It’s long been known and is an incontrovertible fact that global war was dreamed up as a cause, NOT a science. How stupid are are all those ” scientists ” who sold out going to feel when this crap is finally outed for once and all. Which is exactly what is happening with alarmists joining in with each and every social unrest they can. They have turned their cards now, and we see clearly the communist design.

June 23, 2020 6:23 pm

Who’s figured out that these events can only be explained geothermally?

Reply to  Zoe Phin
June 23, 2020 7:31 pm

One as far as I know, I haven’t seen anyone else buy it.

Reply to  LdB
June 23, 2020 9:30 pm

And what is your explanation?

Keep in mind:
It was 15F colder 500 miles south of Verhoyansk.
It was 25F colder 1000 miles south of Verhoyansk.

Verhoyansk is 90-67-23=46 degrees below zenith.

26C is the maximum zenith temperature.

Reply to  Zoe Phin
June 24, 2020 4:27 am

Kiddie experiments with you, get a digital thermometer and measure the temperature difference at points in your fridge. Now move stuff around re-measure and explain your findings.

Reply to  Zoe Phin
June 24, 2020 7:54 am

Ordinary, every day, weather.

That area has always had highly variable weather.

Reply to  Zoe Phin
June 24, 2020 7:53 am

So far, only you.

Jack Black
June 23, 2020 6:41 pm

Que será, será – Whatever will be, will be !

What of the hokum science of Climate Alarmists, like Bill McKibben whose entire lifetime is like the blink of an eye, compared with geological time ?

His reference frame, like all other Humans alive today is based upon what he personally experienced, whilst alive and living in a cocoon of like minded souls. The Planet’s reference frame is something far longer. If only we had the use of “Doctor Who’s Time Machine”, we could send McKibben and all those other climate alarmism warriors back to the Jurassic period. Then he’d really know what “Global Warming” was all about, as he stood gazing into the vast gaping maw of a passing Allosaurus !

Emerson, Lake, and Palmer tried to warn us about people like Gore, McKibben, and Dr. “doom” Schellnhuber. Can you dig it now in sunny Californi-aay?

Izaak Walton
June 23, 2020 6:58 pm

There does seem to be a lot of cherry picking going on. The associated press article that Anthony quotes goes on to say:
“The highest reliable temperature in Alaska’s second-largest city was 96 degrees on June 15, 1969, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.” So in other words the 100 degree F record is not seen as being valid.
And even if it was the temperature recorded in Verkhoyansk was 100.4 F making it the hottest ever recorded in the arctic.

And while Verkhoyansk might have the record for biggest temperature extremes it has been consistently hot
(over 30 degrees) for about a week which is well above the long term average.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
June 24, 2020 7:56 am

First he complains about cherry picking, then he proceeds to pick some ripe ones of his own.

Let me get this straight, any time a region is above average for a couple of days, that’s proof of global warming?

Reply to  Izaak Walton
June 24, 2020 8:50 am

21h sunshine, what may happen ?

Reply to  Izaak Walton
June 28, 2020 9:42 am

Global warming, which has happened repeatedly over the ages, and will likely happen many times again, does not equal AGW.

Steve Attack
June 23, 2020 7:06 pm

“Siberia is literally on fire right now…”
Literally on fire?

Reply to  Steve Attack
June 23, 2020 10:27 pm

Almost as literally as Greta’s “One year ago I came to tell you “our house is on fire” … and now, it’s still on fire !” … why the hell she went to Davos instead of calling the firefighters as soon as possible last year ?

Reply to  Steve Attack
June 24, 2020 12:20 am


Yes, literally.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 24, 2020 4:29 am

Cool lets build the biggest bon-fire possible. Old guys like you will be well and truely gone by the time we get her cranked right up.

paul courtney
Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 24, 2020 12:22 pm

Mr. Stokes: There are parts of Siberia that are not on fire. The comment can be read to mean all of Siberia is on fire. So you say all of Siberia is on fire? Literally?
I know the extrapolation is weak, but I thought you’d benefit from looking in a mirror.

Steve Attack
Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 24, 2020 2:49 pm

Nick, there is a difference between a fire in Siberia and Siberia being on fire.

Patrick MJD
June 23, 2020 8:09 pm

I’d like to know how they worked out that 350ppm/v CO2 is the safe concentration.

Reply to  Patrick MJD
June 24, 2020 3:26 am

That’s an easy one that I’ve posted before – the voices in Bill McKibben’s head reached a robust scientific consensus.

Personally, I think they let fame and fortune go to their head, because those very same giants of science then concluded that 400 ppm causes hurricanes.

June 23, 2020 10:16 pm

It never reached 100F, that was a media created lie, to sensationalize a heat wave.

I looked it up, the actual high was 97F , which isn’t even a record for the date. Look at the June 20 data in the link.

Here is what I posed elsewhere:

Bloomberg didn’t give us a link to show it was really 100F yesterday, but I can show you the link that showed it was actually 97F yesterday, which means it wasn’t a record high for the date.



The link is to the climatology of the city.

Reply to  Sunsettommy
June 24, 2020 12:30 am

“I can show you the link that showed it was actually 97F yesterday”
What the link actually says is:
“Past, current, or predicted temperature values displayed in a weather report may not always represent the warmest or coldest temperature for a location on a particular day.”

They show the maximum of readings taken on the hour.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 24, 2020 6:46 am

Your rationalization is hilarious, since it is still 4 days later the OFFICIAL high for the date, which is 97F

Bloomberg never provided evidence that it was 100F, something YOU failed to notice….., neither did the Washington Post:

If verified, this would be the northernmost 100-degree reading ever observed, and the highest temperature on record in the Arctic, a region that is warming at more than twice the rate of the rest of the globe.

It will never be verified since the media is LYING about it.

Meanwhile I posted the official data and the link to the source behind it, which shows it was 97F. How come you ignore that revelation?

Reply to  Sunsettommy
June 24, 2020 9:29 am

Because it’s Nick Stokes 😀

Reply to  Sunsettommy
June 24, 2020 3:53 pm

“the OFFICIAL high for the date”
Who said it’s OFFICIAL. You are just reading off from a weather site graph, whose makers give a caution that it does not provide the maximum temperature.

Here is the WMO listing the temperature Bloomberg quotes as a potential record. They will do a bit more further checking. But you can’t get more official than that.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 24, 2020 10:02 pm

WHO states:

“The World Meteorological Organization is seeking to verify a reported new record temperature north of the Arctic Circle of 38° Celsius. This was on 20 June in the Russian town of Verkhoyansk amid a prolonged Siberian heatwave and increase in wildfire activity.”


4 days now, still no verification of 100 degree F day, yet media all over the world treat like its a fact, it really happened. You seem to accept with no evidence at all.

Meanwhile I post the LINK to the official temperature data that still after 4 days, show a 97 F as the high. Yet YOU challenge it over and over while you accept the still unverified 100 degree F claim.

Did you really get a PHD level education, it isn’t showing very well here…..

Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 25, 2020 7:24 am

Stokes, like any 3-4 letter Org anymore, WMO is corrupted/infiltrated by politicization. “Official” has lost any credibility.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 25, 2020 9:50 am

Yet 97F is the LISTED temperature for that date, 5 days later, it is still 97F as the high.

If 5 days passes over simple raw temperature data being examined, then then by now it becomes obvious they can’t find the 100F in it.

You should realize this is a simple verification process, yet with NO verification after 5 days, YOU still cling to the mythical 100F number that nobody can find after 5 days……

You are trying hard to avoid that reality, it is hilarious that you continue to cling to a non existent number.

Rational people would by now accept the LISTED 97F as the official high for the date.


Reply to  Nick Stokes
July 4, 2020 12:05 am

The about page for you source of data says:

the world’s top-ranking website for time and time zones

snicker .

In what way do you regard this as “the official” temperature for anywhere in the world

Their source is

Hourly Climate Information
CustomWeather’s Hourly Climate Information offers a comprehensive database of hourly climate information for over 8,500 locations worldwide.

This does not say whether these are WMO approved stations, some could be internet connected home stations. We don’t know. QA? No idea.

If the official station is reporting from a min/max thermometer, there is no reason to suggest this “hourly” data contradicts the stated maximum.

What you cite is NOT “the high for the day”, it is the highest on the hour measurement. You are a making false claim with great certainty because you running with bias confirmation. You set out to “debunk” the claim and them misinterpreted what you saw without question. You jumped to a false conclusion, yet will not admit it when Nick points out your error.

All the hype around this need busting but to do so effectively does not mean being just as baised but in the other direction.

Bill Treuren
Reply to  Sunsettommy
June 24, 2020 8:27 pm

we see here in New Zealand a lot of weather forecasts presented as if fact.
“record heatwave expected” most simple don’t happen but the narrative is established, it looks the same here, yes very hot 97F but not a record as predicted or hoped.

Reply to  Sunsettommy
July 3, 2020 8:26 am

I checked out the link for 97 degrees F being the high temperature there according to
I dug deeper there, and saw that what they mention as the high is the highest of readings they show that were taken 3 hours apart, with the second highest one being 3 hours earlier at 96 degrees F.

Mark A Luhman
June 23, 2020 11:29 pm

“Verkhoyansk holds the Guinness World Record for the highest recorded temperature range of 105 C, fluctuating from minus 68 C to a high of 37 C. The previous temperature record for the isolated town of around 1,300 residents stood at 37.3 C in July 1988.” yes it does yet the Northern plains of the US can see 106 F (41c) and -50 F (-45 C) I in my life time have seen in western North Dakota a spread 96C yes it 9 C off of the Verkhoyansk record but not something to write off. Oh by the way the -50 degree morning I experience was short lived it was 35 F by noon the next day, yes a 85 degree swing in a little over 24 hours. Note to public, the center of large land masses can see large temperature extremes.

Chris Hanley
June 23, 2020 11:33 pm

“It is staggering +20-25C warmer than it should be …” (Scott from Scotland).
Scott apparently believes that there is authorized temperature for locations on the planet that ought to remain constant thermostat-style.

Reply to  Chris Hanley
June 24, 2020 7:59 am

Above, Izaak is really concerned because the city has been above average for an entire week. How will the reindeer survive?

Climate believer
June 24, 2020 12:22 am

As they always say to us skeptics, let’s not confuse weather with climate.

Jan 2018:

Bangladesh recorded its lowest ever temperature in history at 2.6 degrees, under the influence of a severe cold wave prevailing through the northern districts.

I can’t remember anyone suggesting global cooling from such an event.

Reply to  Climate believer
June 24, 2020 7:59 am

If alarmists didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any standards at all.

June 24, 2020 2:57 am

Greenland recorded the lowest ever summer NH temperature in July 2017 and in Jan 2020 it was believed Greenland’s coldest ever temperature was recorded – also very close to the coldest ever recorded in the NH.

In the case of the latter it seems the minute by minute readings were ‘lost’ and a slightly colder record not previously widely cited seemed to come out of the woodwork, which combined to make it not so officially.
It was still one of the coldest temperatures ever registered in the NH though.

Australia recently broke over 100 cold records.

The MSM rarely mentions these cold records, yet alone talks in hyperbolic terms, yet it instantaneously feverishly reports the heat records before verification.

June 24, 2020 3:07 am

For the benefit of Scott from Scotland, it doesn’t look like the Siberian heatwave is set to continue at least not in Verkhoyansk.
Happily at the Verkhoyansk Fourteen day Extended Forecast is readily available on line.
After a hot couple of weeks with temperatures ranging from 20 to 36, July 2 is showing a balmy 7 to 17.
I would invite all commentators to go online to this site.
It is as easy as looking up the weather forecast for your own city.

June 24, 2020 6:05 am

Here is a though for the ‘greenhouse gas‘ theory Fans,
How is it possible that the surface temperature drops below(!) the supposed greenhouse effect of 33 C above the SB temperature?

Let me know, I’m actually interested in a possible answer.


Reply to  Willem69
June 24, 2020 8:01 am

That’s easy. The 33C is an average for the entire planet.

June 24, 2020 7:09 am

Records are extreme value statistics and “Records are made to be broken.”.

Tom Abbott
June 24, 2020 7:45 am

From the article: “Verkhoyansk has an extreme subarctic climate dominated much of the year by high pressure. This has the effect of cutting off the region from warming influences in winter and together with a lack of cloud cover leads to extensive cold during the cooler months. In the summer, the opposite is true, leading to excessively high temperatures.”

I think that explains things perfectly.

If you have a place that is prone to have high-pressure systems hover over it all the time, then you can expect very cold temperatures in the winter, and very warm temperatures in the summer. That’s what high-pressure systems do. The variable is how long they sit on top of you.

June 24, 2020 8:23 am

Aged Siberian — “Thank the heavens, it finally warmed up in this dang place!”

June 24, 2020 10:13 am

“The arctic is screaming! [Mark Serreze – NSIDC]

Rick. T.
June 24, 2020 10:14 am

You could leave the fake idea of “billions of years” out. Then your report would be free from undocumented theories.

There is no documented proof for the theory of “Billions of years”. “Billions of years” has “evolved” from the idea that a lot of time is needed to account for the change of species which has never been proven by those who hate the truth about creation having a Creator.

Gerry, England
June 24, 2020 10:39 am

And in the UK, well certainly my SE corner it is very warm which of course means the crooks at the Met Office are already spouting ‘heatwave’ nonsense. A quick look at forecasts and the models on Ventusky show it all gone by the weekend. What they are trying to push for is a record June high so will trying everything to see if they can follow up the fake highest ever UK temperature from last year.

B d Clark
Reply to  Gerry, England
June 24, 2020 4:22 pm

There giving wednesdays high at Heathrow’s airport 32.6c , that’s a heat sinsink area of tarmac and concrete. Thursday night will see the hot weather break down with thunder storms

paul courtney
June 24, 2020 12:40 pm

Fox News website had an article on this, another alarmist screed. It quotes several times from a CliSci named Overpeck, I vaguely recognize his name. He was quoted in the article as saying “the Arctic has not seen this sustained warmth for thousands of years.” I wondered who was taking the temp back then in Siberia, the Romans? May be the Minoans? He seemed very certain of it.

June 24, 2020 1:09 pm

Just a somewhat related aside to all of the above comments; back in the late 1980s I had to go to Fairbanks, AK on business.
It was during the summer – it never really got dark at night – and the temperatures were very near 100 degree F.
Of course, the flea bag motel I was staying in had no air conditioner; after all, nobody in Fairbanks, AK needs an air conditioner, right?
I realize that Fairbanks is about 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle, but until I went to Fairbanks, I never would have guessed it could get real hot there.
Live and learn.

Gary McCollom
June 24, 2020 1:31 pm

This is all related to our magnetic pole/field and magnetism in general, which are also affecting the jet streams.

There are so many mechanisms at play here but one just needs to research magnetism to start piecing it together.

Reply to  Gary McCollom
June 25, 2020 12:43 am

Found this info regarding the North magnetic pole on Wikipedia Gary.

“During the 20th century it moved 1,100 km (680 mi), and since 1970 its rate of motion has accelerated from 9 to 52 km (5.6 to 32.3 mi) per year (2001–2007 average.”

It’s interesting to see the graphics and how it’s moved about, through and out of Canada and now towards Siberia. Do we even know what affects this has on weather and indeed longer term climate?

Bruce of Newcastle
June 24, 2020 5:52 pm

Anyone else remember the Great Moscow Heatwave of 2010? It was during the last solar minimum, when there were several jet stream blocking events linked to low solar activity. And yep we’re now in the following solar minimum and yep we’re getting jet stream blocking events again.

June 26, 2020 6:13 pm

Hyper-continental climate. Expect extremes on both ends of the spectrum. Ho hum…

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