Extreme cold set in across most of Russia’s 17.1 million km² territory, the third year in a row that the country has suffered from severe frost in early December: -61.1°C in Delyankir on December 8, 2021 and -61°C in Oymyakon on December 12, 2022.
Lowest in 40 years
In the vast region of Yakutia (3.1 million km²), half of the weather stations there reported temperatures below -50°C on December 4. In the city of Iema, an early temperature of -58.7°C was recorded on December 5, the lowest December temperature in the city for more than 40 years.
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Other outstanding values include -58°C in Oymyakon and -56.1°C in Agayakan, although values below -50°C were regularly recorded.
A worsening of the frost is predicted for the rest of December. As gismeteo.ru reports, temperatures of -60°C and below would be reached in Oymyakon on December 5 and 6.
Further intensification is then expected.
The largest country in the world is suffered from an all-encompassing, record-breaking deep freeze. On Sunday, December 3, according to local meteorologist Yevgeny Tishkovets, a daily record for snowfall was set dating back to 1878, breaking the previous record set in 1980.
Munich Germany sees massive snowfall
Large parts of Europe also saw extreme cold weather and heavy snowfalls earlier this month. Munich was blanketed by over 40 cm of snow and saw the mercury plummet to -18°C.
GFS 2m temperature anomalies (°C) December 4th. [tropicaltidbits.com].
Munich’s earliest recorded-18°C temperature
This was extremely rare for early December. In fact, this is the earliest -18°C the airport has ever recorded.
Chart: cropped at EIKE
Snowstorm grounds 800 flights
On Saturday, December 2nd, 46 cm of snow fell in Munich – a record for a December that goes back to 1933 and beats the previous monthly record of 44 cm set on December 29, 1938. As a result, almost 800 flights were canceled on Saturday alone.
Power grid teeters
The German power grid, which is recklessly geared towards renewable energies, is struggling to meet the increased demand for energy.
The government is panicking and now backtracking as ill-advised measures pushed through by corrupt/weak politicians are taking their revenge (along with an over-reliance on Russian gas).