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Old Jul 27, 2013, 06:39 PM   #1
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Sunbathing in Norilsk, Siberia

Let's all remind ourselves that weather is not climate. Don't panic. But, this does make me sweat just a little:



Just because it hit 32C on one particular day in Norilsk (built on permafrost) should not be cause for alarm.

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/globa...bathing/67663/

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Your mental image of Siberia is probably a snowy, wind-whipped expanse, perhaps with a cluster of buildings to house those banished from Russian society. Not this week. This week, Norilsk, the northernmost large city in the world, the second largest city north of the Arctic Circle, and the site of one of those gulags, hit a balmy 32 degrees Celsius about 90 Fahrenheit. It's normally in the mid-60s.

The online outlet The Siberian Times ("up-to-date information in English from across Siberia's six time zones") featured a photo of people sunbathing on the shores of Lake Baikal in its report on what may be a new record high.
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The average temperature in July is 13.6 but the mercury was touching 32C, a long way from the coldest-ever recorded temperature of minus 61C.

The previous hottest was 31.9C, more than three decades ago.

'I've never worn a bikini before in Norilsk, just to top up my tan', said Polina, 21, a student.
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Old Jul 27, 2013, 10:14 PM   #2
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Looks like they are having around two and a half hours of darkness right now, so, lots of time to work on the tan.
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Old Jul 28, 2013, 02:11 AM   #3
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Looks like fun. Hopefully they get another 30 days of the same before September.

Nothing like a hot day feeling the sun on your back. Add chicks in bikinis and it gets even better.
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Old Jul 28, 2013, 11:37 PM   #4
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Looks like fun. Hopefully they get another 30 days of the same before September.

Nothing like a hot day feeling the sun on your back. Add chicks in bikinis and it gets even better.
I'm thinking the shore of the Arctic Ocean may be great for bikinis by the Summer of 2015:

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The last five years have seen a cascade of unprecedented changes after a steep but relatively smooth trajectory of warming and ice loss during the 1990s. Historical record lows of summer minimum ice extent in 2007 were superseded last year: the Arctic could be free of ice in summer by 2015. A 30% increase in annual freshwater runoff has turned the Arctic into an estuarine ocean.
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Old Jul 29, 2013, 07:41 AM   #5
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Oh Journalism at it's finest.

"But we don't have a picture of people sunbathing in Norilsk."
"Do we have one from anywhere in Siberia? English speakers won't know the difference!"

FYI Atlantic Wire, Norilsk is about 1,000 miles north of Lake Baikal.
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Oh Journalism at it's finest.

"But we don't have a picture of people sunbathing in Norilsk."
"Do we have one from anywhere in Siberia? English speakers won't know the difference!"

FYI Atlantic Wire, Norilsk is about 1,000 miles north of Lake Baikal.
Sorry. I meant to have posted this image from the article instead:



There is a nice photo essay on Norilsk here, by the way, but, the photos were taken in May of last year, not last week:

http://www.themysteryworld.com/2012/...in-russia.html

Photos of mills, apartment blocks, snow, and bikinis.

FWIW, here is the original Siberian Times article:

http://siberiantimes.com/ecology/cas...ther-patterns/

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There is a nice photo essay on Norilsk ... Photos of mills, apartment blocks, snow, and bikinis.
Well, you know those hardy people from Wisconsin and Minnesota, they are always bragging, "oh, it got down to 15F, so I had to put a shirt on," the Siberians are probably like that, wearing bathing suits in weather that would turn a New Yorker's toes blue.
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Well, you know those hardy people from Wisconsin and Minnesota, they are always bragging, "oh, it got down to 15F, so I had to put a shirt on," the Siberians are probably like that, wearing bathing suits in weather that would turn a New Yorker's toes blue.
I went to jump school with a guy in the Alaska Guard, and he would talk about not bothering to wear jacket unless it below freezing, and 40's was t-shirt and flip flop weather
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As someone who wears flip-flops in the snow, I call Alaskans soft.
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I went to jump school with a guy in the Alaska Guard, and he would talk about not bothering to wear jacket unless it below freezing, and 40's was t-shirt and flip flop weather
I went to jump school with a guy from Barrow Alaska. Georgia was not good for him at all..

I was stationed at Ft. Drum PT in the winter means a sock over your bits but in general anything outside under 15 minutes i.e. run to the DFAC, Class six, PX, commissary doesn't require more than shoes.

10 years on my wife hates it though because it just doesn't get cold enough here for me to want to wear a coat, Folks are supposed to wear coats in the winter time, after all what will the neighbors think
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Well, you know those hardy people from Wisconsin and Minnesota, they are always bragging, "oh, it got down to 15F, so I had to put a shirt on," the Siberians are probably like that, wearing bathing suits in weather that would turn a New Yorker's toes blue.
The Siberians I knew liked to dress warmly. When really cold, they'd dress like a cabbage (lots of layers).
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As someone who wears flip-flops in the snow, I call Alaskans soft.
And in Australia we wear thongs in the snow.
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And in Australia we wear thongs in the snow.
Snow in Australia?? Give me a break, the only Australians who have ever had to deal with snow are the ones living on Heard.
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Snow in Australia?? Give me a break, the only Australians who have ever had to deal with snow are the ones living on Heard.
Haha !

There seriously are ski fields in the south of Australia though! On a couple of large hills!


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Snow in Australia?? Give me a break, the only Australians who have ever had to deal with snow are the ones living on Heard.
Tasmania gets quite a bit of snow.
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And in Australia we wear thongs in the snow.
And in NZ we wear Jandals in the snow.
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I too like my cold snowy weather. I adore snow.

It has to be REALLY cold for me to even put a coat on. I swear I have a 20 degree temperature difference compared to everyone else. If its 70 out I'm getting too hot outside.
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And in NZ we wear Jandals in the snow.
You win !
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You win !
I left that one to our resident Kiwi expats out of sheer good manners.
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