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“Mindboggling” Siberian Heatwave!

May 24, 2021

By Paul Homewood


By Paul Homewood


More media hype over “Arctic heatwaves”



Siberia, which lies within the Arctic Circle, has been hit by an early wildfire season due to the unusual heat blast causing temperatures to rocket. Nizhnaya Pesha saw sweltering highs of 30C last Wednesday, which have been described by Scottish meteorologist Scott Duncan as "mind-boggling" for the typically cold region. He said last week: "It reached +30°C (86.5°F) in the Arctic today.

"Hotter than pretty much all of Europe right now.

"Truly exceptional for any time of the year but mind-boggling for May."

He added temperatures across the Arctic region are now 20 to 24C higher than average for this time of year.

It comes as areas in the Arctic Circle, including Naryan-Mar, Arkhangelsk and Salekhard, have all seen temperatures averaging 25-30C for most days this month.


There is no data available for Nizhnaya, but Naryan-Mar is the nearby provincial capital, and it has a long running temperature record.

Temperature in May of 28C have occurred in the past, so there is nothing at all extraordinary about one of 30C. While such heatwaves are rare so early in the season, temperatures commonly get well over 30C at some stage each summer.






And there is no obvious trend to heatwaves becoming more common in summer either:



Once again, the media is preying on the gullibility of the public, who naturally assume that the Arctic Circle is a frozen waste all year round.

  1. May 24, 2021 1:48 pm

    Warm weather going north somewhere means cold weather coming south somewhere else.
    We are in the 30-Year Meridional Stage of the Natural 60-Year Climate Cycle.
    Nothing to see here. Move on.

  2. MrGrimNasty permalink
    May 24, 2021 1:57 pm

    Heat Wave ambulance chasing again – I was looking at the ‘hot’ area a few days ago and thinking how long before the headlines, although it looks to be retreating south already.

    It’s not representative of the whole of the Arctic, it’s just a local weather event, the whole earth has not warmed noticeably in the last month.

    Large areas of the Arctic are cooler than ‘normal’.

    The whole Arctic is currently less than 1.5C above ‘normal’.

    The central Arctic could not be more ‘normal’.

  3. bobn permalink
    May 24, 2021 2:16 pm

    Strange they didnt mention the record setting cold of this last winter in siberia where 1000’s of raindeer died of the COLD.

  4. MrGrimNasty permalink
    May 24, 2021 4:02 pm

    I expect most of you remember the claimed and verified 38C Arctic wide record at Verkhoyansk last year. I came across this which says ERA5 reanalysis only indicated 32.9 °C in the area. Obviously it’s not the same as a direct thermometer reading, and they say it is still a record for that reanalysis, but it again sheds doubt. Looking at Fig2b, 38C is either an error or an outlier, 33/34C would be much more credible.

    Using google it seems hard to find a year in recent times without a claimed Arctic/Siberian heat wave and wild fire disaster. I suspect that says more about the state of the MSM than the state of the climate.

    • Angusmac permalink
      May 25, 2021 6:35 am


      The supposed record of 38°C for Verkhoyansk on 20 June 2021 was deleted a few days later and it has still not been reinstated, see the link below.

      However, the article to which you link has not done its homework and still (incorrectly) quotes it as a record. Therefore, you seem to be correct that it is an error.

      The highest temperature shown in the record for Verkhoyansk is 37.3°C, which occurred on 25 July 1988.

      • MrGrimNasty permalink
        May 25, 2021 10:51 am

        That’s one source that seems to have deleted the 21st. It seems the order of 34C would be more likely.

        However, you are wrong, other sources, did indeed verify it and still cite it.

        So confusion all round eh.

  5. Thomas Carr permalink
    May 24, 2021 4:35 pm

    We can expect plenty more like these from the current owners Trinity Mirror. Negativity sells copy.

  6. May 25, 2021 2:00 am

    Remember the Great Moscow Heatwave of 2010?
    That was caused by jet stream blocking due to the solar minimum.
    Hey guess what? We’re in another solar minimum!

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