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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Quoting 1900hurricane:

Out playing in alot of snow!!! Fluffy snow!!!


Let's see light snow, mist and fog??? HMMM??

SNOGIST=snow, fog and mist!!
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Anybody know how to get to these comments via the iphone app?
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603. Skyepony (Mod)
Oss~ That is about the cheerest, rosiest outlook for our oceans I've seen. Not only is it filled with a bunch of mights & maybes it leaves out the past like.. When the oceans became acidified in a similar way about 55m years ago, it resulted in a mass extinction of deep-sea marine organisms, especially those living in the sediments of the sea floor, which can be studied geologically through changes to rock formations. There is also a few recently published that show we are acidifying the oceans faster than 55 million yrs ago & things may not be so rosy after all for the phytoplankton & last but not least turns a blind eye to the surprise that melt water has changed ocean chemistry in ways already that some creatures can't calcify due to lack of calcium carbonate.

I've got fishermen for uncles.. the industry has been hurt really bad in spots from over fishing alone. I don't understand the playing roulette with the rest this article suggests is just fine, considering the population it is needed to support.
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This stuff is legit.
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Quoting atmoaggie:
My aggie friends are finally getting some of the whitefluffy (okay, it prolly is really snain or snizzle).

College Station, Easterwood Field
Lat: 30.58 Lon: -96.37 Elev: 314
Last Update on Feb 23, 1:53 pm CST

Light Snow Fog/Mist

33 F
(1 C)

1900? Oh, 1900? Where are you?

Out playing in alot of snow!!! Fluffy snow!!!
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Quoting CycloneOz:
Question:

What do the following cities have in common:

Corpus Christi, TX
Galveston Island, TX
Beaumont, TX
Lake Charles, LA
Lafayette, LA
New Orleans, LA
Biloxi, MS
Mobile, AL
Pensacola, FL
Ft. Walton Beach, FL
Panama City Beach, FL
Tampa, FL
Sarasota, FL
Naples, FL
Ft. Myers, FL
Miami, FL
Hollywood Beach, FL
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
West Palm Beach, FL
Boca Raton, FL
Daytona Beach, FL
Cocoa Beach, FL
Jacksonville, FL
Charleston, SC


The majority of the populations are former New Yorkers. LOLOL
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Quoting atmoaggie:
My aggie friends are finally getting some of the whitefluffy (okay, it prolly is really snain or snizzle).

College Station, Easterwood Field
Lat: 30.58 Lon: -96.37 Elev: 314
Last Update on Feb 23, 1:53 pm CST

Light Snow Fog/Mist

33 F
(1 C)

1900? Oh, 1900? Where are you?


foshizzle mah snizzle, yo.

(based on the radar out of austin and IAH, I'm going to guess at snizzle. or as the NWS calls it, -rasn. They are actually calling for -rasnpl here.)
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Quoting atmoaggie:
My aggie friends are finally getting some of the whitefluffy (okay, it prolly is really snain or snizzle).

College Station, Easterwood Field
Lat: 30.58 Lon: -96.37 Elev: 314
Last Update on Feb 23, 1:53 pm CST

Light Snow Fog/Mist

33 °F
(1 °C)

1900? Oh, 1900? Where are you?


Maybe he is dusted in and doesnt want to open his door in case it blows the dust away.
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My aggie friends are finally getting some of the whitefluffy (okay, it prolly is really snain or snizzle).

College Station, Easterwood Field
Lat: 30.58 Lon: -96.37 Elev: 314
Last Update on Feb 23, 1:53 pm CST

Light Snow Fog/Mist

33 °F
(1 °C)

1900? Oh, 1900? Where are you?
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596. IKE
Huge GOM storm on the 12Z ECMWF.




6-10 day temps....




6-10 day precip....

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Interesting... :)

A Tempering of Thought on CO2-Induced Ocean Acidification
Volume 13, Number 7: 17 February 2010
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U.S. Senate COmmittee on the latest re: the climate

http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=fb6d4083- 802a-23ad-46e8-c5c098e22aa1&Region_id=&Issue_id=0f038c02-802a-23ad-4fec-b8bc71f1a6f8
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Quoting jeffs713:

Personally, I would go for the storm, and then a few days to "make up for the stress of traveling". ;)

haha seriously...
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Quoting CycloneOz:


Now that my initial costs have been paid, the traveling part of the chase is affordable! Airfare can be expensive, but I traveled to Cabo San Lucas and Bermuda last year and it was affordable, even for short notice.

Are you sure that you went for "storm chasing"? Personally, I would go for the storm, and then a few days to "make up for the stress of traveling". ;)
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Quoting tornadodude:


That would be quite cool!

lol

yeah, I'm definitely more into sever storms than hurricanes, but they both are fascinating

I take whichever is happening that I can have legit access to-- hurricanes or severe storms. I wish I lived closer to tornado alley, but alas it is SO far away from me! arg! haha :-)

My thesis is more directed towards severe storms here in St. Petersburg. I was tied between working on severe local weather and hurricanes. But so many studies have been done surrounding hurricanes, I decided to go with a specific local weather pattern that I don't think many have studied.
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Quoting CycloneOz:
Answer:

All those cities have steel reinforced parking garages!

(...and the other answers are right, too.)


But do any of them have beer machines? ;)
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Quoting HurricaneHunterGal:

Oh totally that helps! I live in St. Pete, FL. We have had a few outbreaks here that have been pretty good.
I chased TS Fay accross the state when she came through. THAT was wild seeing the different effects on all the different cities...and watching it sit off the coast and then treck north up to Jacksonville, and then back WEST to Tallahassee! It was amazing!

Awesome!! Bermuda! now THAT's a place I would love to go to for storm chasing!


That would be quite cool!

lol

yeah, I'm definitely more into sever storms than hurricanes, but they both are fascinating
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Quoting tornadodude:


yeah! haha I feel ya, but living in the midwest means I'm pretty close to most storm outbreaks, and having family out in western Missouri and down in Dallas helps too

Oh totally that helps! I live in St. Pete, FL. We have had a few outbreaks here that have been pretty good.
I chased TS Fay accross the state when she came through. THAT was wild seeing the different effects on all the different cities...and watching it sit off the coast and then treck north up to Jacksonville, and then back WEST to Tallahassee! It was amazing!
Quoting CycloneOz:


Now that my initial costs have been paid, the traveling part of the chase is affordable! Airfare can be expensive, but I traveled to Cabo San Lucas and Bermuda last year and it was affordable, even for short notice.

Awesome!! Bermuda! now THAT's a place I would love to go to for storm chasing!
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Answer:

All those cities have steel reinforced parking garages!

(...and the other answers are right, too.)
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Quoting CycloneOz:
Question:

What do the following cities have in common:

Corpus Christi, TX
Galveston Island, TX
Beaumont, TX
Lake Charles, LA
Lafayette, LA
New Orleans, LA
Biloxi, MS
Mobile, AL
Pensacola, FL
Ft. Walton Beach, FL
Panama City Beach, FL
Tampa, FL
Sarasota, FL
Naples, FL
Ft. Myers, FL
Miami, FL
Hollywood Beach, FL
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
West Palm Beach, FL
Boca Raton, FL
Daytona Beach, FL
Cocoa Beach, FL
Jacksonville, FL
Charleston, SC


All on or below Interstate 10. :)

oops never mind, just saw Charleston
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Quoting CycloneOz:
Question:

What do the following cities have in common:

Corpus Christi, TX
Galveston Island, TX
Beaumont, TX
Lake Charles, LA
Lafayette, LA
New Orleans, LA
Biloxi, MS
Mobile, AL
Pensacola, FL
Ft. Walton Beach, FL
Panama City Beach, FL
Tampa, FL
Sarasota, FL
Naples, FL
Ft. Myers, FL
Miami, FL
Hollywood Beach, FL
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
West Palm Beach, FL
Boca Raton, FL
Daytona Beach, FL
Cocoa Beach, FL
Jacksonville, FL
Charleston, SC


they are all on the coast or border some sort of water body?
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Question:

What do the following cities have in common:

Corpus Christi, TX
Galveston Island, TX
Beaumont, TX
Lake Charles, LA
Lafayette, LA
New Orleans, LA
Biloxi, MS
Mobile, AL
Pensacola, FL
Ft. Walton Beach, FL
Panama City Beach, FL
Tampa, FL
Sarasota, FL
Naples, FL
Ft. Myers, FL
Miami, FL
Hollywood Beach, FL
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
West Palm Beach, FL
Boca Raton, FL
Daytona Beach, FL
Cocoa Beach, FL
Jacksonville, FL
Charleston, SC
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Quoting HurricaneHunterGal:

Thats awesome!! (sorry i have been busy)
I love storm chasing! Wish I had more money to go more often and to farther places! but don't we all...


Now that my initial costs have been paid, the traveling part of the chase is affordable! Airfare can be expensive, but I traveled to Cabo San Lucas and Bermuda last year and it was affordable, even for short notice.
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Quoting HurricaneHunterGal:

Thats awesome!! (sorry i have been busy)
I love storm chasing! Wish I had more money to go more often and to farther places! but don't we all...


yeah! haha I feel ya, but living in the midwest means I'm pretty close to most storm outbreaks, and having family out in western Missouri and down in Dallas helps too
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Whoa, weathermatrix is going to be a part of accuweather?

that sucks
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Quoting belizeit:
It was 96 at my house at lunch under a shinning sun .


Kingston NY (90 miles north of New York City): 33 degrees light wet snow. we picked up about an inch and a half last night and are expecting 4-8 tonight, then maybe 4-8 thursday night.

With all the talk about the Northeast/Mid Atlantic we have barely gotten anything here all winter. a couple of 2-3 inchers but that was it. the max we picked up this winter was 8.5" on December 9. Thw was three weeks before "the northeast blizzard of 2009"... we got .2 inches from that one
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Quoting tornadodude:


haha yeah, I plan on doing a lot of storm chasing this year

Thats awesome!! (sorry i have been busy)
I love storm chasing! Wish I had more money to go more often and to farther places! but don't we all...
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Quoting AwakeInMaryland:



LOL! :D
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Holy Cow! My hometown paper has gone 2012, Joe Bastardi on me (joking?)! BBL; need to get more apocalypse supplies!

Under the world's greatest cities, deadly plates

The next big earthquake could strike Tokyo, Istanbul, Tehran, Mexico City, New Delhi ...the list goes on and on.

By Joel Achenbach
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Megacities are something new on the planet. Earthquakes are something very old. The two are a lethal combination, as seen in the recent tragedy in Port-au-Prince, where more than 200,000 people perished -- a catastrophe that scientists say is certain to be repeated somewhere, and probably soon, with death tolls that once again stagger the mind.

(Article continues...)

Ach, link problems, try this in your browser:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/22/AR2010022204828.html?g=0
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Quoting Squid28:
569

I interned in Belize years ago for several summers. Used to go up to San Ignacio/Santa Elena and hang out with the archaeology program from UC (read cute girls). They were working at Xunantunich at the time, stayed at Nabitunich quite a bit as well. Man I could go for a Belikin right now....

To keep this weather related what is the temp./conditions right now just to do everone in who is sitting in the US with this never ending winter.....
It was 96 at my house at lunch under a shinning sun .
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Quoting 1900hurricane:
Heavy sleet here!


Sounds like your right on the verge of seeing snow. Transition zone or mixing zone.
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Heavy sleet here!
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569

I interned in Belize years ago for several summers. Used to go up to San Ignacio/Santa Elena and hang out with the archaeology program from UC (read cute girls). They were working at Xunantunich at the time, stayed at Nabitunich quite a bit as well. Man I could go for a Belikin right now....

To keep this weather related what is the temp./conditions right now just to do everone in who is sitting in the US with this never ending winter.....
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Winter continues in the Great White North

Normal average low for Feb 23 . . . 9F (above)
Todays actual low . . . 13 below F

Difference 22 degrees F, below average.

Yuck, Ugg, etc !! but at least its not Siberia.
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Quoting belizeit:
It was not that strong just a slight shutter of the earth but acording to this map some felt it pretty strong in Guatemala .




Magnitude 5.4
Date-Time

* Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 15:16:00 UTC
* Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 09:16:00 AM at epicenter
* Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 15.984%uFFFDN, 91.386%uFFFDW
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region GUATEMALA
Distances 85 km (55 miles) ESE of Comitan, Chiapas, Mexico
125 km (80 miles) WNW of Coban, Guatemala
175 km (110 miles) NNW of GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala
915 km (560 miles) ESE of MEXICO CITY, D.F., Mexico
Location Uncertainty horizontal /- 6.4 km (4.0 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters NST=172, Nph=172, Dmin=573.5 km, Rmss=1.21 sec, Gp= 79%uFFFD,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
Source

* USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Event ID us2010tbbd

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Quoting Squid28:


Belizeit, in what town/district do you live?
Cayo Spanish Lookout our San Ignacio
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Quoting belizeit:
Link The same fault that had the earthquke in Hati is shaking us here in Belize today again . I did not feel the first one but ny mom did . The second one was felt more widely .


Belizeit, in what town/district do you live?
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Link Lets try a link for the earthquake
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Here is the image
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If ya never saw a dust mite up close,,, Makes Freddy look friendly :) L8R -- off to the salt mine >>>

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Quoting AwakeInMaryland:


Oh my. What did you actually do when you felt the second one?
It was not that strong just a slight shutter of the earth but acording to this map some felt it pretty strong in Guatemala .
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Quoting PensacolaDoug:
Oz. Call me please!

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Quoting belizeit:
Link The same fault that had the earthquke in Hati is shaking us here in Belize today again . I did not feel the first one but ny mom did . The second one was felt more widely .


Oh my. What did you actually do when you felt the second one?
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Oz. Call me please!
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Quoting StormChaser81:


By the way he explains dust, I'd say he is Freddy Kruger of the Dust world.



That is why I miss the blog! You are all too fast. Good show Storm. Funny picture. I have to copy this one.
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Quoting Ossqss:
550 - I purchased the highest rated unit on Consumer reports a few years back. The Eureka " The Boss". Hepa bags and replaceable Hepa exhaust filter leave no smell even with animals. It was around $150 or so. To pay much more is just putting money in someone's pocket.[Edit: Absolutely agreed; and the consumer mags and opinions do, too.] My neighbor wanted to sell me a Kirby for like $2,000. I said OK, as long as it comes with a person pushing it around cleaning for 5 years :)


THANK YOU! And we're on the same page. I've been seriously considering a couple Eureka models (my old one is giving up the ghost, although it still runs and cleans). I really like them (the uprights) because they don't tip over when you use the tools. A couple of the old Hoover standby's look okay, too.

557 -- CACKLING OUT LOUD!
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Link The same fault that had the earthquke in Hati is shaking us here in Belize today again . I did not feel the first one but ny mom did . The second one was felt more widely .
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550 - I purchased the highest rated unit on Consumer reports a few years back. The Eureka " The Boss". Hepa bags and replaceable Hepa exhaust filter leave no smell even with animals. It was around $150+ or so. To pay much more is just putting money in someone's pocket. My neighbor wanted to sell me a Kirby for like $2,000. I said OK, as long as it comes with a person pushing it around cleaning for 5 years :)
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Quoting Grothar:


See, Awake, you actually DO read. Don't let anyone tell you differently. I had to be honest with that statement. Unfortunately, there are those I do not miss. In some cases I am sure the feeling is mutual. But, like the Scarecrow, "I miss you most of all"

And you, dah-link, are most excellent at reading between and betwixt the lines... now you've gone and made us tear up... :(

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