#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Strong winds, blizzards and snowfalls are common everyday life for residents of polar Norilsk. The ‘black blizzard’ word combination entered the lexicon of the Norilsk people in 1957, and every Norilsk schoolchild knows what a due-to-weather day off is.
In just two months of the Arctic winter this year, 160 tons of snow were removed from the city streets and courtyards. However, the Arctic climate change model shows that by 2060, Arctic precipitation, which today is mostly in the form of snow, will become rain. Previously, researchers predicted that this would happen only by 2080, according to planet-today.ru with reference to the publication Nature Communications.
It’s all the fault of global warming. On August 14, 2021, rain fell for the first time in the history of meteorological observations at the highest point in Greenland. And such precipitation is increasingly observed in the Arctic. This makes scientists worry about the Arctic animals fate.
Researchers hope that the rain in the Arctic will still fall only in summer, and this will compensate for the negative effects of precipitation transformation for Arctic ecosystems.
We also reported that in 50 years the Krasnoyarsk region may fall into a flood zone: climatologists have developed a scenario for the complete ice melting in the Arctic.
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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko and istockphoto.com