Russia's Pole of Cold hits -70°F: Europe's 2nd coldest reading of all-time

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:48 PM GMT on February 22, 2010

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The notorious Russian winter, bane of the armies of Napoleon and Hitler, has been in classic form during the winter of 2010 . Brutal cold has been the rule this winter in the European portion of Russia, and at 9am local time on Friday, February 19, the town of Hoseda-Hard, Russia hit a remarkable -70°F (-56.4°C)--the second coldest temperature ever measured in Europe. Hoseda-Hard is located in extreme northeastern Europe, 90 miles (145 km) south of the Arctic Ocean and about 150 miles (240 km) west of the Ural Mountains and the boundary of Asia. The town lies in a shallow river valley (elevation 84 meters) where cold air tends to pool. The surrounding region is known as Europe's "Pole of Cold". The coldest temperature ever recorded in Europe was an extraordinary -72.6°F (-58.1°C) in the Pole of Cold's Ust'Schugor (64.15°N 57.45°) on December 31, 1978. The nearby city of Pechora, the largest city in the region (population: 50,000), is also well-known for its extreme temperatures. Pechora boasts Europe's third coldest temperature, a -68.8°F (-56.0°C) reading observed on February 9, 1946. It is likely that Hoseda-Hard got a degree or two colder than the remarkable -70°F measured on Friday, since the station only reported temperatures once every three hours. The high temperature Friday in Hoseda-Hard was a not-so-balmy -49°F (-45°C)!


Figure 1. Departure of surface temperature from average for February 19, 2010. Temperatures at Europe's "Pole of Cold" (dark purple colors) were more than 40°F (22°C) below average. The white dot marks the location of Hoseda-Hard, Russia, which recorded a remarkable -70°F (-56.4°C) at 9am local time that day--the second coldest temperature ever measured in Europe. Image credit: NOAA/ESRL.


Figure 2. A monument in Europe's "Pole of Cold" near Hoseda-Hard, Russia, marking the location of the Arctic Circle. Image credit: Mactak.

Exceptional February heat in Africa
I credit weather historian and extreme weather expert Chris Burt, author of Extreme Weather, for pointing out the incredible cold in Russia on Friday. Chris also noted that on Saturday, February 20, the temperature in Birni-N'Konni, Niger hit 112°F (44.3°C). This is just 3°F (1.7°C) below the warmest temperature ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere in February--the 115°F reading from Abeche, Chad (date unknown).

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805. Skyepony (Mod)
Insurance cover for coconut palms
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Quoting Orcasystems:


Now this is not a pun......
I think its closed and gone now... because of a fire.


that's sad, would have been great to go visit
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Quoting tornadodude:


that would be great to go sea that


Now this is not a pun......
I think its closed and gone now... because of a fire.
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Quoting Orcasystems:


There used to be a bar in San Diego (Bernies, bottom of Broadway) that had every lighter made for American and Canadian warships... and quite a few others... very impressive display.



that would be great to go sea that
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Quoting tornadodude:


that is definitely cool :P


There used to be a bar in San Diego (Bernies, bottom of Broadway) that had every lighter made for American and Canadian warships... and quite a few others... very impressive display.

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Quoting Orcasystems:


I have a bunch of American warship hats and lighters.. we used to trade all the time :)


that is definitely cool :P
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Quoting StormW:


Yea...he'll be right next to Jim Cantore.


Where does he put the EPIRB
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Quoting tornadodude:


you'll be happy to know that I regularly wear a shirt that says "Vancouver, Canada" on it haha

friend went there for vacation and brought me a shirt


I have a bunch of American warship hats and lighters.. we used to trade all the time :)
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Quoting Orcasystems:


Oh favourite post of the year. :)


you'll be happy to know that I regularly wear a shirt that says "Vancouver, Canada" on it haha

friend went there for vacation and brought me a shirt
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Oz...if a Cat. 5 threatens...you are going to put a cam on your dog to get good footage?
no no he's gonna strap the cam to his hurricane helmet which is part of his survival suit in which has straps on the back of so he can be attached to flagpole and float up with surge so he can show us what it looks like only thing he needs is a red flashing lght on top of helmet so we can see him in the live upload viedo he will be broadcasting live over the internet


lol
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Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
TampaSpin -- the language is slanted in your poll.

Also I saw that part of my screen-name was used in infamy, LOL, i.e., "Maryland" -- so my apologies to MarylandGirl, who is another blogger!

Slanted language -- let's start with "yell against."

Who yelled against the USA hockey team? Not in my house.
Did I cheer both teams? Yes.
Was I sort of rooting for Canada? Yes.
Why? Because hubby was rooting for the USA, and a bit of rivalry is fun. Our marriage has not been damaged in the least.
Was I sad when the USA won? Not really; I was just a little sad for Canada.

Let's take it further with another hypothetical situation. Actually, it's not hypothetical, it happens all the time.
I'm a Terp. Duke creams the Terps in basketball.
Am I sad, irritated, frustrated? Well yeah, no duh.

Does that make me anti-Duke? Only when they play Maryland!
Duke has a great team and coach. I respect and admire them. I will cheer for them when they are NOT playing Maryland.

Life is WAY more complicated and there are many more shades of grey that bringing it down to being "American" or "Un-American" when cheering for an Olympics team!

I have a friend who has dual-citizenship, as I'm sure many of us do. If it is the USA vs. the other citizenship, wouldn't it be more fun if we each took a country and rooted for them?

I think you took this American and anti-American way too far -- I thought you were kidding me -- I thought it was a jest when you said I was anti-American for rooting for Canada in hockey. Even though we've disagreed on some issues I thought our conversations had always been friendly -- gosh, somehow saying I hoped Canada wouldn't hold the loss against us REALLY tripped your trigger!

You seem to be serious! That is downright frightening to me. I'd be insulted, too, if it was worth being insulted, but it's not.

Also, and now I'm serious and I'm not intending to be mean or sarcastic... if you are going to design a poll, ask an expert how to design one without inflammatory language.

I think, although I'm not an expert, the second question should read something like:
"You are not a bad American if you root for another country's sports' team."

Sorry, your poll (below) is just NOT a good, fair, well-structured or well-written poll!

Thank you for voting!
It Is UN-American to yell Against the USA Team 43% (3 votes)
It is American to yell Against the USA Team 57% (4 votes)
Total Votes: 7


Oh favourite post of the year. :)
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Quoting transitzone:

F&C and Start for SCCA. Steward, instructor, safety, operations, etc for PCA, BMWCCA, NARRA, RA, et al. Race licenses currently expired

Cool. My pop runs a Miata at No Problem (near NOLA), Memphis, Road Atl...
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Quoting atmoaggie:

You run SCCA?

F&C and Start for SCCA. Steward, instructor, safety, operations, etc for PCA, BMWCCA, NARRA, RA, et al. Race licenses currently expired
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NEW 00Z NAM RUN, 850MB TEMPS/6 HR PRECIP, FR 2/26/10@ 00Z, A 984MB LOW OFF OF EASTERN LONG ISLAND:
WHAT A BIG WOUND UP NOR'EASTER
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The NWS Dallas-Ft Worth, TX snow reports from earlier today:
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781 -- Hummm, all ya need are the straps OZ -- then you see through their eyes :)

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Well, June 1st is fast approaching.
96 days now.
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Oz...if a Cat. 5 threatens...you are going to put a cam on your dog to get good footage?
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I made the mistake of just having my HOA insurance coverage. I lived in a motel for three months while my home was being rebuilt. I applied for FEMA aid...and received nothing. I now have extra insurance. Please double-check your policies.
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Still working with the new camera. Very interesting stuff!

I've figured out how to mount it to my very speedy German short-haired pointer. She's cool with it hanging from her neck. I had to put an extension on the housing so that it hangs lower (her mid chest). The camera is mounted upside down.

Now, I'm uploading the camera's firmware. In the upgrade is a patch that allows me to have the camera upside down, yet capture right side up.

When "I release the hounds" tomorrow...I'll upload the results of Experiment "DakotaCam" and post it. She's mighty fast.

BTW: Before letting her run loose with a brand new $300 camera that's intended for human use, I'm going to be dang sure everything is secure and "lost proof."
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


Wilma was the first time I actually saw my sliding-glass door windows "bowing in". It was horrible. Hearing the west-side of my townhouse collapse was not pleasant. If you are in a Hurricane prone zone..get shutters!


Even worse! I live in Arlington, TX, in the middle of the dreaded "Tornado Alley"! We have about 10 or so EF-1 to EF-3 tornadoes hit in or around our Metro area every year.

I live 5 minutes away from where an F-4 Tornado hit, back in 2000. Wind speeds were estimated at up to 160-170MPH. Complete 2-story homes were ripped apart, while the house across the street was 100% untouched! I saw 1/4" plate glass windows completely shattered on a 4-story office building, insulation and blinds ripped out, the tractor trailer rigs, the 46' trailers flipped around like tinker toys, insulation was carried 2 miles and wrapped up in the 64K Volt towers. Several towers were ripped apart.

That was the same tornado that hit Downtown Ft Worth, TX at about 6:15PM CST on 3-28-2000 and did $500,000,000 in damage in 4 minutes!!

I drove through downtown Ft Worth, TX 1 week after the F-2 tornado, I could not believe the damage, it looked like a war zone!!
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just popping back in- ya'll are having such a pleasant interaction, couldn't help but say THANK YOU.

Ahhh..the calm before the storms...

g'nite friends
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Trans, thanks, Oz, WU mail, any details would be appreciated...out
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Quoting AstroHurricane001:


Hurricane Gilbert?

No, one of the WORST thunderstorms complexes that EVER hit the Dallas-Ft Worth, TX Metropolitian Area.

It was a FIERCE line of Severe Thunderstorms, that moved slowly across the area.

There were WIDESPREAD wind gusts up to and exceeding 115 MPH.

I believe the highest unoffical gust reported was 127 MPH, in Ft Worth, TX on the KXAS-TV CH 5 anenometer.

I almost couldn't believe, sustained winds of 85-95MPH, then the wind gauge would spike between 105-127MPH, this went on for 1 hour!!

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Quoting Bordonaro:

I hope that this years Hurricane Season is a tame one, I wish noone any harm whatsover!

I had the pleasure of seeing 115 MPH straight-line wind gusts in 1988.

THAT SCARED ME SENSELESS!! Nothing like seeing large tree limbs, garbage pails, lawn furniture, everything not tied down going flying through the air!!

And yes, the wind sounded like a jet engine!


Wilma was the first time I actually saw my sliding-glass door windows "bowing in". It was horrible. Hearing the west-side of my townhouse collapse was not pleasant. If you are in a Hurricane prone zone..get shutters!
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Quoting Bordonaro:

I hope that this years Hurricane Season is a tame one, I wish noone any harm whatsover!

I had the pleasure of seeing 115 MPH straight-line wind gusts in 1988.

THAT SCARED ME SENSELESS!! Nothing like seeing large tree limbs, garbage pails, lawn furniture, everything not tied down going flying through the air!!

And yes, the wind sounded like a jet engine!


Hurricane Gilbert?
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Quoting transitzone:

The big box is packaging. The small box just barely bigger than the camera is the mount & weather proof housing. I mount 1 of these on the roll bar in my track car, pretty good performance

You run SCCA?
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speed? i.e. if you roll, can I use the camera data to determine why? By the way, thanks for the response...
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Thanks all for the information..... I just want to be ready before this Hurricane Season starts....


Taco :0)
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


I hope not. Wilma changed my life forever. Approaching us from the west coast, I thought nothing of it. She ripped my roof off. I use to get excited about Hurricanes approaching so. Fla. Not anymore.

I hope that this years Hurricane Season is a tame one, I wish noone any harm whatsover!

I had the pleasure of seeing 115 MPH straight-line wind gusts in 1988.

THAT SCARED ME SENSELESS!! Nothing like seeing large tree limbs, garbage pails, lawn furniture, everything not tied down going flying through the air!!

And yes, the wind sounded like a jet engine!
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http://web.consumerreports.org/digitalcameras/v2/index.html?EXTKEY=SG72E00&CMP=KNC-CROELECG&HBX_OU=50 &HBX_PK=digital_cameras_reviews
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Quoting taco2me61:


Hand up in the air. I have a question? hello?
Does anyone know where I can buy a Portable HDTV???? only cause my old one does not work on regular TV now....

Thanks
Taco :0)


Most of the wholesale clubs have them for around $100 US. The biggest difference is some have a slightly bigger screen and most importantly, battery life and type :)

http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?dest=5&item=451524

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Quoting NttyGrtty:
Oz, are those the boxes they came in? We use very small protected cameras in flight test but those are smaller than I've seen. Commercial-of-the-shelf or special order?

The big box is packaging. The small box just barely bigger than the camera is the mount & weather proof housing. I mount 1 of these on the roll bar in my track car, pretty good performance
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This may help...
Link
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Quoting taco2me61:


Hand up in the air. I have a question? hello?
Does anyone know where I can buy a Portable HDTV???? only cause my old one does not work on regular TV now....

Thanks
Taco :0)


Link
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Quoting Bordonaro:

The 2009 Hurricane season could not get a TD started for nothing!

I am concerned the 2010 Hurricane season may be similar to 2005.


I hope not. Wilma changed my life forever. Approaching us from the west coast, I thought nothing of it. She ripped my roof off. I use to get excited about Hurricanes approaching so. Fla. Not anymore.
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Quoting IKE:


Could mean big trouble in the Atlantic. Time will tell.

Here this song is most appropriate!!
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Actually...now is a good time to buy Hurricane supplies. Prices are low on radios, portable TV's, batteries, etc.


Hand up in the air. I have a question? hello?
Does anyone know where I can buy a Portable HDTV???? only cause my old one does not work on regular TV now....

Thanks
Taco :0)
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Quoting IKE:


Could mean big trouble in the Atlantic. Time will tell.

The 2009 Hurricane season could not get a TD started for nothing!

I am concerned the 2010 Hurricane season may be similar to 2005.
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Quoting quakeman55:

So in other words, batten down the hatches...

No, in other words keep a CLOSE eye on the Tropics!!
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Quoting IKE:


Could mean big trouble in the Atlantic. Time will tell.
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For you wrestling fans out there...and I know you are here...here is footage of The Undertaker catching on fire during last Sunday's PPV...Fire is weather related???

WWE banned the embed
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Hello, everyone.

Just something to think about with these 2 upcoming Gulf lows. The GFS has had trouble all season with the track of the lows, even within 3 days of an event. I'd pay more attention to the ECMWF's track of the low, but maybe not quite as suppressed as it's predicting.

Strange winter we are having, though. Here in Hattiesburg, we have had 2 measurable snows (both 4+ inches), one snow without a trace and another snow forecast tonight with maybe a dusting. Really hard to believe we could have one, possibly two more measurable snows this weekend and early next week.
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