Friday, August 18, 2017

Kotlyakov tells Yekaterinburg conference that colder temps aren't unprecedented

The freezing temperatures in Russia this winter are not unprecedented as the country had similarly low temperatures in the 16th and the 17th centuries.

Vladimir Kotlyakov, the director of the Russian Institute of Geography, made the comparison during a recent conference held in Yekaterinburg. Kotlyakov also said that the extreme heat in the summer of 2010, which led to fires at peat bogs outside of Moscow, was not unprecedented, Itar-Tass reports.

Kotlyakov said that based on historical weather observations, summers of that heat occur in the country approximately four out of every 100 years.

The anomalously cold weather has swept through two-thirds of Russia, hitting the southern regions of Kasnodar, Dagestan, Volgograd and Astrakhan the hardest, Vesti reports. Ten areas in the Volgograd region are so built up with ice that they are cut off from the rest of the country. An emergency situation has been declared in Novorossiysk after a powerful storm that included winds of 47 meters per second. In addition, two Russian ships are icebound in the Sea of Azov.

Weather forecasters in Russia predict that the air temperatures will remain 10 degrees Celsius below the normal average temperature for approximately 10 more days.

The weather has included unseasonable warmth in the Arctic and North America and high pressure and extreme cold throughout Europe, parts of North Africa and the Mediterranean, while the Sahara Desert has experienced its first snow in decades, Itar-Tass reports.