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Not just August, but the rainiest of ANY month on record
As of August 25th Moscow had already set the record for the rainiest month in the city’s history of meteorological observations.
According to the Moscow Meteo-Bureau, the city had received about 170 mm (6.69 inches) of rainfall the first 25 days of the month.
“The previous monthly record was set in August 1973 when 163 mm of rainfall was recorded”, a bureau spokesman said.
That’s 2,112 miles. That’s more than the distance from Moscow to Rome.
Moscow received 20 cm (8 inches) of snow overnight, which, according to the Russian Hydrometeorological Center, is the heaviest snowfall for this particular day since 1966.
The blizzard dumped more than half of the average monthly snowfall on the Russian capital from late Tuesday to early Wednesday.
Moscow was gripped by the worst gridlock ever seen as unexpectedly severe snowfall hit the Russian capital on Christmas day, literally paralyzing the city. Police registered up to 500 road accidents an hour and 200 flights were delayed.
The longest traffic jam stretched 60 kilometers, or over 37 miles, Russia’s online road traffic monitoring service Yandex Probki (Yandex traffic jam), reported.
Yandex rates jams from 0 to 10 points.
“Guys, remember this historic day. It is the first time when 10 point was reached so early and for so long. It has been like that for 7 hours already. More is to come,” Yandex spokeswoman Elina Staviskaya posted on Facebook.
– Mystery fog, ‘toxic’ sulfur odor covers Moscow (VIDEO) (RT, Nov 10, 2014):
A massive cloud smelling like ‘hell’ sparked a widespread panic in Moscow. Residents were afraid of a toxic gas after warnings to stay indoors.
The source of the rotten eggs smell turned out to be a leak from a sulfur dioxide processing facility at an oil refinery in Moscow, the Emergencies Ministry confirmed.
The city’s ecology watchdog and the Emergencies Ministry said that the level of hydrogen sulfide was over the permitted level for a short period of time, while the levels of sulfur dioxide remained within the norm. The two gases are byproducts of oil processing.
The smell created a wave of panic on local social media.
– Heaviest November snow storm in 50 YEARS in Moscow (ZeroHedge, Nov 6, 2014):
Large, early snowstorm disrupts flights and creates havoc on the roads.
Yelena Temakina, chief of the forecast department at Moscow’s Meteorological Office, said 20 cm (8 inches) of snow had fallen in 24 hours.
Moscow’s City Hall said it expects the snowstorm, due to continue at least until Friday morning, to be the biggest in November in 50 years.
– Snowfall headed for Moscow this weekend (Ice Age Now, Oct 18, 2014):
This weather is what we would normally expect on the tenth of November.
Russians could have to deal with a series of snowfalls, reported newspaper Gazeta.
“On October 17, cold air will flow into the capital region with north-east winds, reducing the thermometer: up to four degrees in the capital and minus four in the Moscow region. North and north-east of the region might see some wet snow”, said news agency Moskva.
After the weekend, temperatures will continue to drop.
– Edward Snowden Is No Longer In Moscow (ZeroHedge, Aug 9, 2013):
A shroud of mystery has surrounded American whistleblower Edward Snowden’s whereabouts since he received temporary asylum in Russia last week, but migration authorities have let slip that he is not in Moscow… “We don’t have these records. I don’t have any such information. He’s not in Moscow.”
On Tuesday, Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said the National Security Agency leaker had registered his place of residence with the authorities, as all foreigners must do, but did not divulge the location out of concern for his safety.
– Desperately Seeking Snowden: Where In The Russian Airport Is The Fugitive Whistleblower? (ZeroHedge, July 6, 2013)
– Moscow Bans ‘Political Repression’ Protest – ‘No Such Thing’ (RIA Novosti, Nov 20, 2012):
MOSCOW – The Moscow authorities have refused to grant permission for an opposition rally against “political repression” that was to be held later this week on that grounds that there is no such thing in Russia.
– Russia Broadens Definition Of Treason (Financial Times)
Moscow police have discovered a brothel on the premises of a monastery whose abbot is thought to be President Vladimir Putin’s spiritual adviser.
– Moscow police ‘discover brothel on monastery premises’ (Telegraph, Oct 29, 2012):
Two women were arrested on suspicion of prostitution after seven rooms were found in a building close to Sretensky Monastery where sexual services were offered from 1,750 roubles (£35) per hour.
Father Tikhon, the abbot of the monastery, is said to be a religious counsellor to Mr Putin, who is a confirmed Russian Orthodox believer.
– Fire breaks out at central Moscow nuclear research institute (Bellona, Feb. 5, 2012):
A fire broke out on Sunday at a Moscow nuclear research center that houses a non-operational 60-year-old atomic reactor, emergency officials reported as Russia’s nuclear agency Rosatom said the blaze had not been accompanied by any open flames and posed no threat of a radiation leak. Charles Digges, 05/02-2012
- Russia election protests: Putin plays down losses (BBC News, Dec, 6, 2011):
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has played down his party’s losses at Sunday’s parliamentary election as inevitable for a party in power.
Thousands of police and interior troops are on alert in Moscow, after one of the biggest opposition rallies in the city centre for years.
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