13 Feb, 2019 – Historic blizzard brings white winter back to the Russian capital.
“Moscow’s strongest snowstorm in 140 years delights locals,” shouts the headline.
“A heavy storm hit Moscow last night, covering the city’s streets with an impressive 11mm (0.43 inches) of snow, becoming the strongest in 140 years, a leading meteorologist told local media.”
Less than half an inch of snow? The photos show a lot more than that. Besides, I find it hard to believe that Muscovites would be excited by such a tiny amount of snow. I also don’t understand how such a minuscule amount of snow could create the ‘strongest snowstorm in 140 years.” I must really be missing something in the translation.
“Knee-tall snow banks are typical for the Russian capital in February but the latest storm really caught the imagination of locals for its speed and intensity. After a string of warm days the Muscovites were brought back to the Ice Age as piles of snow emerged literally overnight.
“Somewhat predictably the snowstorm caused traffic jams and flight delays.
“People were posting idyllic images of snow covered trees and snow banks. “It is wonderful to observe that from the inside,” one user wrote on Instagram adding that driving a car would be “scary.”
Thanks to Argiris Diamantis and Philip Salmon for this link
“This is Russia Today speaking,” says Argiris. “The part of the strongest snowstorm, that I believe to be true. The part of delighted people, celebrating the return of winter, that I don’t believe. Snowstorms seldom make people very happy.”
Ahhhhh, but here’s another link. This one reports that “a record snowfall blanketed Moscow with nearly one-fourth of the monthly norm on February 13.” Trouble is, it doesn’t say how much snow that actually was.
See great photos. One of them shows a front-end loader removing the snow.:
Thanks to Clay Olson for this link