This is an eyewitness report from the NowPublic member bolotbootur who was on the scene.
Minus-forty-degrees days in Yakutsk, Yakutia/Siberia
In Yakutsk, the capital of Russia's Yakutia, December started with usual minus 40 degrees centigrade (-40F). Take a look at pictures I took in the morning on December 3rd and in the evening on December 5th correspondingly.
Everything looked regular and stable. Fog, frost, and light winds. The cold seemed dry and burning. It was so till Dec. 8, when the abnormal warming happened suddenly. Locals wrapped in many warm layers, started feeling real hot. Temperature went up to -24C and got stuck at that level for next couple days.
Those days were as God's grace, but the enjoyable period appeared to be short. Today a thermometer again shows -40C. Was it a sign of climate changes happening in the world? Don't think so. Siberia remains to be Siberia, and Yakutia keeps on the title of the coldest Siberian region. Cold is cool!
One more thing. We are going to have minus-forty-degrees days till the end of February.
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