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Climate of 2000
January in Historical Perspective

National Climatic Data Center, 14 February 2000

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A generally westerly flow of mild air helped produce warm anomalies over much of central and western North America. Warm anomalies were also noted over parts of Scandinavia, and across the Former Soviet Union, east of the Caspian Sea. Some of these anomalies were as high as 5-7 degrees C over the central and western North American continent. In contrast, a large ridge of Arctic high pressure kept much of northern China, Mongolia , Siberia eastward into Alaska below average in terms of temperatures. Extreme minimum temperatures were as low as -58 degrees C at Kirensk, north of Lake Baikal, on the 8th of the month. This frigid air also invaded parts of Alaska during the month. On January 30, Cold Bay, AK recorded a minimum temperature of -25 degrees C breaking the existing January record and also tying the all time station record set in March 1971. Cold anomalies were also widespread across much of Australia, and parts of central and eastern Europe into northern Africa. Additional details and global regional information are available in other sections of this report.
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