Researchers say Russian fires reflect global trends of increasing wildfires
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — A heat wave caused by a “stuck” weather pattern contributed to the intensity of Siberian wildfires in 2012, according to NASA, which warned that similar conditions could prevail this year after another unusual heat wave brought a surge of fire activity in northern Siberia in July.
The persistent high pressure over the Russian Arctic—a blocking high — drove temperatures up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the northern city of Norilsk, where summer temperatures generally average about 61 degrees.
Russia since the mid-1970s has been more rapid than most areas — about .51 degrees Celsius per decade compared to about .17 degrees Celsius globally, according to a study by Anatoly Shvidenko of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Continue reading
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