back even a few years and locals expected to see an ice cover on this
vast manmade reservoir on the 3,650 kilometre Ob River at the start
of May. Yet pictures taken on Sunday show it to be completely clear.
these with images taken in several years between 2010 and 2015 when
ice was plainly visible.
local researcher - who drew this to our attention - said: 'It is my
own observation. I often go to the 'Ob Sea' in early May and
previously there was always ice there, at least ice floats, even when
the spring was early. This time it is completely free of ice.
not saying my observations are scientific, yet the impression is
year's picture of the same beach, and the most recent images of the
Ob Sea beach, taken May 2016. Picture: NeferJournal, The Siberian
not the only sign of changing climatic times. The flowers
pictured here - Pulmonaria (lungwort) and forest violets - are
blooming at least a week earlier expected than in
Novosibirsk region. All this comes after March 2016 was revealed as
the warmest in recorded history.
statistics for April are still awaited.
Russian Hydrometeorological Center says that since May 2015 every
month has been the warmest in history. February boasted the highest
abnormal temperature deviation - more than 1.5C degrees. In March,
the temperature deviation in on islands in the Barents Sea was 12C.
most of the country, the temperature rose between 3 and 5 degrees.
Ob is the seventh longest river in the world, flowing from the Altai
Mountains to the Arctic Ocean. It is the westernmost of the three
great south-north flowing Siberian rivers, the others being the
Yenisei and the Lena.