The Soviet Union’s 1958 Blueprint To Increase Arctic Humidity

The attempt to weaken the Siberian High was revealed in the United States via a March 
3,1958 article by William J. Perkins entitled “Soviets Plan Reversing Rivers, Melting Arctic to 
Warm Siberia” which appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 
“The vast arid, cold steppes of eastern Siberia are the home of a vast high
pressure system of intense cold air, called the Siberian High. Western scientists 
believe that if Russia is able to alter the character of the ground over  which
this high pressure system is located, the character of the air mass  itself will
Russia officially appears to share this view. In outlining, last August, a 
project now believed to be underway to divert the flow of two great 
Siberian rivers from the Arctic Ocean to form a vast inland sea among the 
arid steppes of central Asia, Moscow radio boasted: “Astonishing
 climatic changes would occur. . . evaporation (from the inland sea)
 would increase and with it the humidity of the air. The extremes of 
yearly and daily temperature characteristics of these would be greatly 
modified. The rivers that would be diverted under the Russian plan 
announced that August were the Ob and Yenisei.” (emphasis by S. Kasprzak) 
 The Siberian High is associated with extreme low humidity and little snow from 
September until April. Right where this key weather system forms, Russia built a
series  of “vast inland seas” between 1950 and 1980, five were on the Angara River and
Yenisei  in total; one on the Ob and another on the Irtysh, a tributary of the Ob.  
According to NASA, “Increasing water vapor leads to warmer temperature, 
which causes more water vapor to be absorbed into the air. Warming and water 
absorption increase in a spiraling cycle.” 
These seven reservoirs, the Irkutsh, Bratsk, Ust-Ilmsky, Krasnoyarsk, Sayano
Shushenskaya, Novosibirsk and Bukhtarma hydroelectric reservoirs are also mega 
human-made water vaporizers, which did not go unnoticed by the Siberians. The rapid 
increase in humidity levels and air temperatures were noted in a September 14, 1975 
Miami Herald article by John Dornberg entitled, Huge man-made lakes warming up 
Siberia:…“Ten years after its completion… the Bratsk dam and others like it along the 
Angara have warmed up central Siberia by at least 10 degrees” and “In effect, what
 the Russians have done in their drive to industrialize Siberia and exploit its
 enormous wealth of raw materials is to create inland oceans which account for
 more rain, more humidity, less seasonal fluctuation in temperature and more
 frequent change in the weather.” Emphasis by S. Kasprzak) 
It took less than 20 years for the Soviets to successfully test their hypothesis on  how to
force the warming of Siberia with colossal surface water storage and water  vapor
emissions. It is my hypothesis that even a reduction of global carbon emissions  to net
zero will have minimal impact, if any, on strengthening the Siberian High and  reducing
Arctic humidity and temperatures fueled by these “vast inland seas”. 
SMK/rdw Essay 3-2023 by Stephan Kasprzak April 7, 2023

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