As some of you may know, New York winter turned me into a quasi-religious checker of weather. And if you check the weather as frequently as I do, and especially if you’re checking it in New York, in the winter, you’re likely to get a little down. That’s why I also got into the habit of checking weather in the Russian Federation city of Oymyakon (Оймякон), Siberia, the coldest continually inhabited place on earth. (Thanks Dr. Kallen!)
Temperatures here regularly dip into the negative 50s through winter, but in the winter of 2008-09, temperatures hit a near-record low of -60.2 C, TWICE. (the record, indicated below, is -65.4, or nearly -86 degrees). Russian News agencies reported more about Omyakon’s cold snap then they had about the eastern Siberian town in years, but nobody yet has picked up on another, more alarming weather trend this summer.
(Average temperature map for Oymyakon, Russia, including record highs and lows)
Now, and for at least the past ten days, Oymyakon has been posting temperatures in the high 80s. Yesterday, it posted 33 C (91 F) the city’s highest recorded temperature ever. One of the harshest winters in a century, followed by the hottest summer ever? Doesn’t sound like a coincidence to me….if you hear something, let me know