Gob-smacking photos from Russia’s snowpocalypse


by Newswire    
1:58 pm - January 19th 2013

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Over the past week Russia has been practically buried under the snow. In some cases, remote settlements and towns have become completely isolated and cut-off due to the snow.

On Friday, Moscow was on a verge of traffic collapse as more than 10 inches of snow fell on the city, which is more than half of January’s average.

In Moscow alone more than 12,000 snow removal trucks worked to clean up the snow, to little effect. The city came to a standstill, says Russia Today.

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(from Russia Today, via @CharlieBeckett)

London’s Heathrow airport cancelled around a quarter or all flights and said others would be delayed as heavy snowfalls swept across southern Britain.

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Might be worth making things a bit clearer. Only pic 4 is of Moscow. The others are of Norilsk. Above the Arctic Circle.

Yes, 10 inches for Moscow is a lot for that city. But those pics of metres of snow aren’t of Moscow.

Prosto nebol?shoy shkval sneg, i vsya strana zakhodit v tupik!

(I note LC doesn’t compute in Cyrillic)

More moisture in the air = more precipitation! Siberia, northern USA & Canada will get more of this kind of winter weather over the coming decades – much more…

@ Tim Worstall
Thanks for clarification of where those pics are taken.

@ DavidH
Why write in Cyrillic when most people on here are English writers to varying degrees lol & what does your comment actually say?

I blame global warming….

This is all because you leave your TV on standby.

@4 Dissident
Translates:
“A flurry of snow and the country comes to a standstill!”.

In Britain, this is the stock line rolled out by grumpy UKIP / TPA supporters in these circumstances. They conveniently ignore that society cannot justify investing in infrastructure to deal with the interruption for at most a couple of days per year, without a consensus for higher taxation.

Every nation has its own take on extreme weather events pushing infrastructure to the limits. This looks like Russia’s equivalent of “a flurry of snow”.

Of course, climate change puts enough energy into the system to hugely reduce the return period of (locally) extreme events. And we are increasingly ill equipped or financed to deal with them.

Cheers DavidH for the translation!
Perish the thought that UKIP & TPA would indulge in such predictable complaints…

Not sure why this is news….my bro lives just outside Geneva and every other year I get sent photos of how deep the snow is. Last year he had to abandon his car because it got buried over the course of a single day in the office car park. Of course, the year before he was whining about how poor the snow was for the ski season.

Apparently its not how much snow you get – it’s whether it’s the wrong kind that matters.


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