"Record-breaking heat in the Siberian Arctic this year would have been nearly impossible without the influence of human-caused climate change, scientists said yesterday.
It's another reminder of the profound transformations global warming is inflicting in the northernmost parts of the world.
Temperatures in Siberia have been higher than average for most of the year. Snow cover has dwindled due to the heat. Wildfire season kicked off to an early start this spring, with blazes dwarfing last year's record-breaking infernos by April.
Temperatures skyrocketed to unprecedented heights last month. The Russian town of Verkhoyansk reached a record 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit on June 20, making it the northernmost place in the world ever to top 100 F. Ice in the Laptev Sea dropped to record-low levels for this time of year."