Russian scientists recorded longest thunderstorm in high-latitude Arctic

Russian scientists recorded longest thunderstorm in high-latitude Arctic

February 08, 2023

The duration of the natural phenomenon was 55 minutes.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Scientists from the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) recorded the longest thunderstorm in the history of observations at the largest Russian hydrometeorological observatory, Cape Baranov Ice Base on Severnaya Zemlya.

According to the press service of the university, the data was received in July 2022. The duration of the natural phenomenon was 55 minutes.

Previously, thunderstorms were unusual for the northern regions of the Arctic. Scientists recorded the first official data on a thunderstorm in this territory in 2019 on Bolshevik island – it lasted 40 minutes.

Researchers attribute such changes to the overall climate change of the planet over the past 30 years – due to warming in high latitudes, nimbostratus and powerful cumulus clouds began to appear, from which thunderstorms form.

Earlier, scientists suggested that the warming of the Arctic could reduce the carbon content in the atmosphere, the permafrost swamps thawing would make the soil in the Arctic more nutritious, the Arctic could warm up due to powerful earthquakes. We also reported that in 40 years Norilsk could become a city of rains.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: generated by a neural network

February 08, 2023

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