Oymyakon, the world’s coldest inhabited place in Russia’s East Yakutia, with its current 20-degrees-Celsius frost held the heat record of the Siberian winter. Since December 10th, 2010, abnormal warm weather has been established in the Oymyakon area.
Active South Pacific cyclones brought heat waves over the ridges of the East Siberian Plateau and created snowy and warm weather anomaly.
288% of the monthly precipitation fell in Oymyakon during 13 days of December. Average temperature was 8°C above the normal.
Diurnal anomalies are even more impressive. In the second dozen of the month the outdoor temperature reached -22°C and -24°C. The current day is the fifth in a series of record winter heat. The maximum temperature is kept at -20°C, and on 11 December the temp rose to -8°C.
UPDATE, Dec. 23, 2010: No panic. This morning I talked to Tamara Vasilieva, an Oymyakon pensioner. She said today was the second day with -62C! Everything is cold as usual.
Learn more about the life in Oymyakon on previous posts filed under the Oymyakon tag.
More about travels to Oymyakon at AskYakutia.com.