Russia – Record cold threatens crops

“Such low temperatures in the south of Russia (far, far below freezing) are very dangerous, since at the end of April there is an active vegetative period of plants, gardens are blooming, the first crops are sprouting,” warns Meteo-TV. 

Russia’s Far East set the following minimum temperature records for April 22:

The city of Svobodny (Amur Oblast) -10.6°C (12.9F) (previous record: -8.9°C in 2001).

In Blagoveshchensk it was -7.5°C (18.5F). The last record was recorded in 1937 and amounted to -7.1°C.

The Jewish Autonomous Region also set new records: in the village of Ekaterino-Nikolskoye -6.6°C (20.1F) beating the previous record set in 1991 -6°C.

On the European territory of Russia in the south the temperature is noticeably below normal. Here it is no higher than +15, and at night the frosts to -1… -6°C were again noted.

In Stavropol, a new record for the minimum temperature for April 22: the air has cooled to -2.2°C! The previous record was in 1993 -1.5°C.

Thanks to Martin Siebert for this link

12 thoughts on “Russia – Record cold threatens crops”

  1. Is there a chance they are not going to get crops in, that is going to be a disaster for not only Russia, but with parts of America in the same boat, floods, let alone the countries Russia exports grain products to. Are we looking at a real shortage of wheat, corn etc. We are all going to be very hungry.


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  3. seeing as the main home use grain appears to be buckwheat, and it hates cold/frost thats not looking good for early plantings- their wheat that supplies a huge amount of other nations like sth american india and china plus themselves might also be a bit iffy, even winterwheat needs some warmth in the soil to get started, in Aus we often drysow and then hope the cockatoos etc dont eat it all or the mice in plague years;-/ and then the prayers are for rain to get it sprouting

  4. I find it hard to believe that most of Russia normally has spring grain crops planted by the third week of April.

  5. This is most interesting. You won’t find reports of record low April temps in Siberia on the BBC news, but as soon as here are a few hot days ANYWHERE globally…… makes BIG news on BBC !!!
    Talk about BIAS !!!!???

  6. Unusual cold in south Russia and Central Asia is affecting Formula One racing. It’s in Baku, Azerbaijan this weekend. During today’s qualifying several cars have crashed – a contributing reason is that track temperatures are COLDER than expected and thus tyres not performing as expected.

    “These tyres are made for the top three cars – we’re lapping four seconds off the pace and we just a cannot get them working, it’s so difficult in these conditions, track temperature is so cold.”

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