“In many areas of Russia the mean air temperature during the winter of 2015-2016 exceeded the norm by 4-5°C. In Siberia, Yamal and Taimyr it reached 7-8°C above normal, and on the Arctic islands in the Barents and Kara Seas – as much as 10-12°C above normal, the Hydrometeorological Centre of Russia writes.”
“Never before have the anomalies in mean seasonal air temperature been as large,” the weather forecasters say. “The mean air temperatures have been higher than normal in nearly all of Russia’s territories.”
Brace for imminent impact: Warmest winter in Russian history, 3 March 2016.