Cold weather in Russia during winter 2006

This winter is cold in many countries for which cold weather is rather an anomaly than a usual phenomenon. Cold weather has made some countries recall winters they had 30 and more years ago, for example, Russia. Before you will read the description of winter in Russia below, I would like to pay your attention to the fact that I speak about Central Russia (Moscow and the areas that are not farther than 500 km form it). Actually winter started gradually and nothing stated for severe weather conditions...

I do not know whether people who live in the areas where summer is hot and sunny and winter is cold and snowy are lucky or not. But I think that they are luckier than those people who live in the regions of permanent winter. There is no denying that a man adapts to any different weather conditions whether it is cold weather or hot one.

 

This winter is cold in many countries for which cold weather is rather an anomaly than a usual phenomenon. Cold weather has made some countries recall winters they had 30 and more years ago, for example, Russia. Before you will read the description of winter in Russia below, I would like to pay your attention to the fact that I speak about Central Russia (Moscow and the areas that are not farther than 500 km form it).

 

Actually winter started gradually and nothing stated for severe weather conditions. Winter usually starts in November in Russia. 2004 year in the middle of November it was snowing hard and people put warm clothes on before the calendar winter started (in Russia winter starts on the 1st of December and finishes on the 28/29th of February). November 2005 was very warm and dry, especially the beginning of the month, and without snow. In December it was snowing and even raining sometimes, the temperature was 0-100C below zero. On the 30th of December before New Year Eve it was 00C and the snow was thawing. I was not pleased with the perspective of something like rain and snow mixed with mud outside.

 

But everything changed in January. The temperature was 300C below zero for two weeks. Then it started to go up and people were glad that they managed to survive cold weather and hoped that it would repeat again this winter. But ... in about ten days it was again cold and people had nothing else to do than to fight against extreme cold effects.

 

I should say that cold weather changed life routine. From one hand it was not easy to adapt to cold temperature. Staying warm and safe became a challenge. People had to cope with power failures and icy roads. Many homes were too cold-either due to a power failure or because the heating system wasn't adequate for the weather. When people must use space heaters and fireplaces to stay warm, the risk of household fires increases, as well as the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. And the number of fires really increased. Can you imagine staying at the bus stop for at least ten minutes when it is 300C below zero and windy? But we had to. Cost for the taxi increased dramatically. Weather information was the most essential part of everyday life. Most of us were tempted to remain informed about latest weather facts.

 

At weekend most people stayed at home. Some families argued who would go to the shop while others bought everything they were in need of on Friday not to leave home for two days. Funny stories appeared in Internet - how to walk out your dog in extreme cold conditions and what to do at home in the evenings and at the weekend. On the radio I heard a joke saying that in nine months there would be a baby boom - what else to do at home than to make love when there was a cold weather for weeks and you had to keep yourself warm even indoors.

 

 

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