If you want confirmation that things are as bad as they seem to be in the Arctic, this seems to provide some confirmation.
High Noon in the Arctic
This message came through from Harold H. Hensel via Facebook.
Thinking this was a little too important to leave it at that I decided to do a little more digging
Here is Harold's message
Temperature anomaly 04 26 2016
I wasn't going to post this unless it got into the red and above freezing. Well, it got into the red. Getting above freezing could not happen in a worse place. It is in the Laptev Sea. Very high concentrations of methane hydrates are here
---Harold H Hensel
This map from Climate Reanalyzer shows temperatures are the same as far south as Ottawa, Canada as they are at the North Pole
Temperatures in the Canadian capital are 0 degrees Celcius (32F)
And the temperatures in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland are plus 2 degrees Celcius
As much our interest is in northern Siberia, in particular, the Laptev Sea, I decided to check reports on Arctic map (an excellent resource for weather conditions in this part of the world)
I checked on three points -
- Pevek in the East Siberian Sea (the northernmost city in Russia)
- Khatanga, in the Talmyr Peninsula
- Tiksi on the Laptev Sea
Weather report as of 11673 minutes ago (05:00 UTC):
The wind was blowing at a speed of 3 meters per second (6.7 miles per hour) from Southwest in Pevek, Russia. The temperature was 12 degrees Celsius (54 degrees Fahrenheit). Air pressure was 1,015 hPa (29.97 inHg). Relative humidity was 66.7%. There were scattered clouds at a height of 3048 meters (10000 feet). The visibility was >11.3 kilometers (>7 miles).
Or from another source - 9F or minus 12C
Weather report as of 11555 minutes ago (07:00 UTC):
The wind was blowing at a speed of 3 meters per second (6.7 miles per hour) from West in Khatanga, Russia. The temperature was 26 degrees Celsius (79 degrees Fahrenheit). Air pressure was 1,020 hPa (30.12 inHg). Relative humidity was 39.1%. There were a few clouds at a height of 1006 meters (3300 feet). The visibility was >11.3 kilometers (>7 miles).
Weather report as of 11525 minutes ago (07:30 UTC):
April 27, 2016 weather report for
Weather report as of 11630 minutes ago (07:30 UTC):
The wind was blowing at a speed of 4 meters per second (8.9 miles per hour) from North/Northeast in Tiski, Russia. The temperature was 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit). Air pressure was 1,013 hPa (29.91 inHg). Relative humidity was 77.0%. There were broken clouds at a height of 732 meters (2400 feet) and overcast at a height of 3962 meters (13000 feet). The visibility was >11.3 kilometers (>7 miles).
For expected temperatures (an average high temperature of minus 13.5C or 7.7F)