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Snowpocalypse Russia: 'Snow tsunami' swallows streets, cars, buildings (PHOTOS)
RT.com ^ | January 18, 2013

Posted on 01/20/2013 8:36:07 AM PST by Hojczyk

While the snowstorms have caused inconvenience for large population centers in western Russia, they have been life-threatening further east in the country. The polar circle city of Norilsk has been buried under 10 feet of snow – entire apartment blocks, markets, stores and offices were buried under snow overnight.

Banks of snow were as high as two people put together, reaching the second-story windows of some apartment buildings. Cars, stores, garages were blocked. Norilsk metropolitan workers were forced to dig passageways through the snow banks to create access between the outside world and the barricaded city.

Meanwhile, icicles up to three feet in length have formed off the ledges of buildings, breaking at random and causing a lethal hazard for pedestrians below.

Elsewhere, the extreme weather continues. In the Altai Republic in Western Siberia, 12 Russian settlements were isolated because of the snowstorm. Seven settlements, with a total population of 1,300 people, remain cut off from the outside world due to the snow drifts. Emergency crews are currently en route to deliver needed supplies to the stranded populations.

Snow accompanied by strong winds has caused flight delays in the airport of Russia’s far eastern town of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The runway has been cleared, but planes are not risking takeoff due to strong sidewinds. Flights were also delayed in Russia’s easternmost cities of Vladivostok and Khabarovsk.

More snow storms are predicted in Western Siberia and the Western Urals over the weekend.

In the end of 2012, Russia saw extreme winter not witnessed since 1938. The coldest-ever December in Russia led to the evacuation of hundreds of people in Siberia, where temperatures fell below -50 degrees Celsius; Moscow also saw its coldest night ever for the season.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: climatechange; globalwarming

1 posted on 01/20/2013 8:36:12 AM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

If your home can survive that structurally, it will actually be cozier, (easier to heat) than without the snow.


2 posted on 01/20/2013 8:41:26 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Hojczyk
Since the title of the post says photos we might as well add a couple...don't ya think?


3 posted on 01/20/2013 8:41:54 AM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Hojczyk

Global warming at work, no doubt.


4 posted on 01/20/2013 8:42:18 AM PST by adorno (Y)
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To: Hojczyk

That's the spirit!

5 posted on 01/20/2013 8:43:50 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: Hojczyk

In Russia, snow plows YOU. Cool pictures!


6 posted on 01/20/2013 8:44:25 AM PST by momtothree
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To: BenLurkin
If your home can survive that structurally, it will actually be cozier, (easier to heat) than without the snow.

My preference is not to have the snow at all. I must admit though at the 78 degrees we have here today it does not feel much like winter.

Now if you happen to like snow, this would be a bit much.


7 posted on 01/20/2013 8:45:53 AM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Hojczyk

Hmmm, anyone know of any ski resorts in that area? Talk about a blower! Colorado could use some of that!


8 posted on 01/20/2013 8:46:13 AM PST by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: BenLurkin

I take my leaf bags and tuck them around the foundation, then when it snows I pile it on top of them. Hey, every little bit helps, and it’s free.


9 posted on 01/20/2013 8:46:27 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: adorno

Indeed...the ‘cold wave’ settling into Red Hampshire this week is going to be ‘mellower’ than originally anticipated.


10 posted on 01/20/2013 8:46:41 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

When I see pictures of a hood I wonder, where does the guy think he’s going to go when he shovels out the whole car? What’s the point.

“After endless hours of shoveling snow all I found was youst the hood.”

Valley of the Drifting Vistling Show - Yogi Yorgesson


11 posted on 01/20/2013 8:49:28 AM PST by DManA
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To: BenLurkin
"If your home can survive that structurally, it will actually be cozier, (easier to heat) than without the snow."

When I lived in the high mountains I used to take the snow plowed from the driveway and pile it against the north side of the house. It worked well for keeping the inside comfy.

13 posted on 01/20/2013 8:57:40 AM PST by Baynative (Those that work for a living are now outnumbered by those that vote for a living.)
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To: DManA

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When I see pictures of a hood I wonder, where does the guy think he’s going to go when he shovels out the whole car? What’s the point.

“After endless hours of shoveling snow all I found was youst the hood.”

Valley of the Drifting Vistling Show - Yogi Yorgesson
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In fact their services are pretty good at dealing with things like that.

Streets are usually driveble within hours after a snowfall like that.


14 posted on 01/20/2013 9:02:18 AM PST by cunning_fish
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To: DManA

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When I see pictures of a hood I wonder, where does the guy think he’s going to go when he shovels out the whole car? What’s the point.

“After endless hours of shoveling snow all I found was youst the hood.”

Valley of the Drifting Vistling Show - Yogi Yorgesson
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In fact their community services are pretty good at dealing with things like that.

Streets are usually driveble within hours after a snowfall like that.


15 posted on 01/20/2013 9:02:44 AM PST by cunning_fish
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To: Hojczyk

Norilsk is the northernmost city in the world and is a mining town. It has been a closed city to foreigners for a decade.

Lying north of the Arctic Circle, there is no daylight for six weeks from mid-December to mid-January. In mid summer, it sees continuous daylight AKA the “midnight sun.”

Its a very harsh place to live, if you like constant snow and below freezing sub-zero temperatures.


16 posted on 01/20/2013 9:04:29 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Hojczyk

Unreal.


17 posted on 01/20/2013 9:08:51 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (HealthCare IS NOT a right. The RIGHT to keep and bear arms is.)
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To: goldstategop

>Its a very harsh place to live, if you like constant snow and below freezing sub-zero temperatures.

What’s it like if you don’t like them?


18 posted on 01/20/2013 9:11:26 AM PST by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

Thanks for the pic of a warmly lit snow tunnel doorway. It brings back fond ‘70s memories of the Myra Creek mine in the mountains of Vancouver Island. Snow accumulation at the camp was over 15’ - plywood tunnels were built between cookshack and bunkhouses.

Good eats - that’s why the memories are fond!


19 posted on 01/20/2013 9:26:30 AM PST by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: Hojczyk

It’s 18 in kabul. Always thinking about the guys on patrols.


20 posted on 01/20/2013 9:28:25 AM PST by huldah1776
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To: Hojczyk
Pic below reminds me of the '93 east coast blizzard.

I got snowed in at Wintergreen, VA. Parts of the parking lot had drifts 5'+ deep and a snowplow ripped into the side of a buried Jaguar thought to be just a pile of snow.


21 posted on 01/20/2013 9:29:10 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: gunsequalfreedom

Those photos look like a normal Winter in the Town of Mammoth Lakes in the High Sierra of California.


22 posted on 01/20/2013 9:30:07 AM PST by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Hojczyk

Man oh man that Global Warming is a real beeyotch ain’t it?


23 posted on 01/20/2013 9:34:30 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Humans have eliminated natural selection. Morons are now a protected species. They breed and vote.)
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To: P.O.E.

“I take my leaf bags and tuck them around the foundation, then when it snows I pile it on top of them. Hey, every little bit helps, and it’s free.”

I understand what you mean as I used to put bails of hay around our house which worked great until someone told me that if there was a house fire then the insurance company would have an out (and not pay) because I had flammables near the house, it could be a reason they would not pay.. Now I am cold but insured LOL. actually I now (and yes it sounds gross) use cider blocks around the house. Wind can not get in!


24 posted on 01/20/2013 9:39:50 AM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: blueyon

I tuck mine behind the shrubs (a: to keep the house from looking crappy and b: for the reason you state). I do have some extra block and brick around, so that’s a good idea you gave me - next year I’ll stack some on the windy side.


25 posted on 01/20/2013 10:04:00 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Inyo-Mono

Am I supposed to be impressed ?

I’m from Buffalo,NY


26 posted on 01/20/2013 10:07:41 AM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: Hojczyk
Don't worry, spring is just around the corner.

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27 posted on 01/20/2013 10:08:42 AM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: maine yankee

My Dad used to say snow was invented in Syracuse. He was appalled by what constituted a ‘snow emergency’ when I was growing up in Connecticut. He told me he ‘understood’ when I moved to SoCal. You folks are better people than me ;)


28 posted on 01/20/2013 10:47:27 AM PST by jttpwalsh
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To: goldstategop

Kolyma, Kolyma.
Amazing Planet.
12 months of winter
the rest is summer.


29 posted on 01/20/2013 11:02:07 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: DManA

Maybe he left his apartment keys in the car.


30 posted on 01/20/2013 11:44:48 AM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: DManA
When I see pictures of a hood I wonder, where does the guy think he’s going to go when he shovels out the whole car? What’s the point.

My guess would be so that it doesn't get covered later with a snow plow in addition to the snow.

31 posted on 01/20/2013 11:49:26 AM PST by Redcloak (Winter is coming.)
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To: Hojczyk; TigersEye; LucyT; Fred Nerks

Why its Wobal Glarming!


32 posted on 01/20/2013 1:18:08 PM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: gunsequalfreedom

Why would you bother digging your car out, it’s not going anywhere.


33 posted on 01/20/2013 1:39:59 PM PST by Delta Dawn (at)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

Why would you bother digging your car out, it’s not going anywhere.


34 posted on 01/20/2013 1:39:59 PM PST by Delta Dawn (at)
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To: jttpwalsh

LOL. First real blizzard I recall was in Fayetteville outside Syracuse Jan ‘66 — over 6 feet in a day and a half. Most snow I ever saw — until I began going to the Sierras on ski trips.


35 posted on 01/20/2013 2:18:06 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I went to the Sierras once, in the summer time. I was astounded at how high from the ground some of the street signs were !


36 posted on 01/20/2013 3:15:24 PM PST by jttpwalsh
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To: Defiant

“Maybe he left his apartment keys in the car.”

Or had a dentist appointment. lol


37 posted on 01/21/2013 5:31:16 AM PST by depenzz
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