The GFS model shows a huge high pressure zone over eastern Russia/Siberia, resulting in milder-than-normal conditions. (WeatherBell.com)
As an antidote to the report of minus-88 degree weather in the Siberian outpost of Oymyakon earlier this month, we give you this: The temperature in a settlement just to its east was an astonishing 126 degrees warmer two weeks later.
The mercury in Omolon, Russia, reached its highest January temperature ever recorded Monday: a relatively toasty 38.4 degrees.
Starting from 88 degrees BELOW ZERO, to 38 degrees above zero in the middle of winter.. WOW!