The Siberian “Heat Wave”

July 7, 2020

By John McClaughry

A week ago came the startling news that a weather station in Siberia recorded a 100-degree F temperature. One breathless report told us that Siberia is “literally on fire”. Middlebury College activist Bill McKibben, founder of the climate activist organization, 350.orgtweeted on the 100-degree temperature recorded in Verkhoyansk :“Siberian town tops 100 degrees F, the hottest temperature ever recorded north of the Arctic Circle. This scares me.”

Meteorologist Anthony Watts innocently asks “what about the other times when it got that hot above the Arctic circle, before “climate change” became a social justice cause?

Watts says Associated Press reported that “it was 100 degrees on June 27, 1915, in Fort Yukon, [Alaska] according to official records of the National Weather Service..”

Watts says “That pretty much cools down McKibben’s claim of “the hottest temperature ever recorded north of the Arctic Circle”.  Both Verkhoyansk, Siberia and Fort Yukon, Alaska are well above the Arctic Circle. How is it that 105 years of global warming ago, when “climate change” wasn’t even a factor, it got that hot?

According to the Moscow Times“Verkhoyansk holds the Guinness World Record for the highest recorded temperature range of 105 C, fluctuating from minus 68 C to a high of 37 C. The previous temperature record for the isolated town of around 1,300 residents stood at 99.1 F in July 1988.” 

In other words, such extremes are normal for this place. This story is more climate hogwash.

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Edward Brault July 8, 2020 at 5:43 pm

But…but…the Media never heard of this before, so it MUST be the first time it’s ever happened.


Boganboy July 10, 2020 at 4:26 pm

‘This story is more climate hogwash.’ Couldn’t agree more!!


Tom Evslin July 10, 2020 at 10:27 pm

Not to mention “ever” actually means “ever recorded”. the recorded history is very brief,


Patrice Maloney July 11, 2020 at 1:09 pm

Someone needs to follow up with that sleezy rent-seeker McKibben and ask him about the adjacent record cold weather following that “heat wave”.


Keld Alstrup July 11, 2020 at 1:13 pm

It seems that forever is a very short period of time for many climate activists…


Kyle July 11, 2020 at 8:32 pm

John, yes, McKibben is a sensationalist wing nut. We all already know that. But cherry picking information to prove your point is the current MO is this country, regardless of your beliefs. The internet is a haven of confirmation bias and echo chambers. I grow tired of your refusal to believe the reality that human activity is causing unprecedented climate change. You can accept/believe that reality, and still not be a climate wingnut. You personally might, for instance, acknowledge that we are causing climate change, and decide that you don’t think we should take any actions to abate it. That would be a much better position to take.

And yes, the Earth has both been hotter and colder over the course of its 13+ billion year life span.. But what we are seeing now is a rate of change in temperature that has never happened before. XKCD did a very simple schematic you might be interested in.


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