Moscow’s 2017 December was its ‘darkest’ on record

Snowstorm in Moscow, 8 Jan 18Image copyrightEPA
Image captionMoscow’s dark and snowy winter continues

December set the record for the least amount of sunshine seen in Moscow, Russian weather experts say.

“The sun didn’t come out even once for the entire month,” said the weather website Meteonovosti.

According to Russia’s main weather centre, the sun did shine for six minutes. But normally Muscovites get dozens of hours of December sunshine.

Russian winters are famously freezing, but this week the cold in Yakutia, in the far east, dipped below -60C (-76F).

It is about -7C in Moscow.

Image captionAnastasia Gruzdeva in frozen Yakutia: Her photo was widely shared on social media

Yakutia – a remote region also known as the Sakha Republic – is historically the coldest part of Russia.

“Even for the Sakha Republic, famous for its harsh cold, this temperature is abnormal,” Meteonovosti said.

On Tuesday, the temperature remained below -50C across the vast region, whose capital Yakutsk lies 4,900km (3,045 miles) east of Moscow.

Russian children are usually kept indoors and schools are shut when the cold plunges below -50C.

Sign warning of slippery road in Yangutum, Siberia - 2016 picImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image caption Siberia is known for bitterly cold winters and scorching summers

Roman Vilfand, head of the Russian Meteorological Centre, attributed Moscow’s exceptionally overcast weather in December to big cyclonic air masses, which had moved in from the Atlantic.

Moscow’s previous record for December darkness was in 2000, when the capital got just three hours with the sun breaking through the cloud.

Russia’s hot tips for cold weather:

  • Don’t drink spirits – drunkenness causes great heat loss
  • Wear loose clothing to keep blood circulation normal
  • If you feel frost-bitten on a walk, find any warm place – a shop, cafe, doorway – and warm up
  • Don’t remove your boots if your feet are frozen – they’ll swell up and you won’t be able to get your boots on again. Get to a warm place as quickly as possible. You could shove your frozen hands in your armpits to warm them up
  • If your car breaks down far away from habitation, you should stay in your car and phone for help or wait for another vehicle to come along the road
  • Avoid the wind, as it increases the risk of freezing
  • When children are outdoors they should return to the warmth every 15-20 minutes.

Source: Russian Emergencies Ministry


Downtown Moscow


Amazing Sun Dogs

There was the phenomena known as Sun Dogs shinning over the Winnipeg horizon this morning. They are brilliant to watch, however, they are caused by ice crystals in the air, which means it is usually bloody cold when they appear.

sun dogggs

The sun dog is a member of the family of halos, caused by the refraction of sunlight by ice crystals in the atmosphere. Sun dogs typically appear as a pair of subtly colored patches of light, around 22° to the left and right of the Sun, and at the same altitude above the horizon as the Sun. They can be seen anywhere in the world during any season, but are not always obvious or bright. Sun dogs are best seen and most conspicuous when the Sun is near the horizon.

Here are some tough workers up on a roof in -25 Celsius bone freezing weather. Some guys really earn their paychecks.

Cold as hell


80-year-old Villager in safe place as Hurricane Irma makes arrival in Florida

The Villages, Florida is located 60 miles northwest of Orlando.

A 80-year-old Villager is lodged in a safe place as Hurricane Irma makes her arrival in Florida.

Richard Neil Hendricks was arrested Wednesday on a warrant charging him with failure to appear on a charge of grand theft.

He is being held without bond at the Lake County Jail.

Hendricks has spent the summer trying to stay one step ahead of the law.

In July, he was arrested on a warrant at a Burger King in Daytona Beach. Later that same month he was arrested after paying an unwanted visit in his golf cart to the Waterfront Inn at Lake Sumter Landing.


80 year old shit disturber

Jet Dodges Trio of Tornadoes

An amazing piece of footage from Sochi, Russia shows a passenger jet weaving around three ominous-looking tornadoes that had formed over the Black Sea.

The jaw-dropping maneuver occurred earlier this week when an astounding 12 such water spouts formed at the same time in the area.

As this was unfolding, observers on the ground were amazed to see the airliner come barreling through the sky towards three of the tornadoes.

In either a remarkable display of dexterity or simply the result of a clever camera angle, footage of the encounter shows the jet deftly avoid the water spouts as it heads toward a nearby airport.

Although the view from below was rather breathtaking, it paled in comparison to what those aboard the plane were seeing, but we’re guessing they weren’t exactly too thrilled by the sight.

There must have been some irregular bowel movements on that plane.