Moscow, Russia Mayor Promises a Winter Without Snow


Just one of the many reasons why Moscow is on the bottom of my “I MUST LIVE THERE!!!” list

I found this article on Yahoo News about the Mayor of Moscow hiring the Russian Airforce, “for just a few million dollars” (guess whose pockets that money is coming from!), to spray a “fine chemical mist” that will force the clouds to dump its snow outside the city limits.

WARNING, MATT LEACH WILL NOW GO ON A BRIEF, PASSIONATE EDITORIAL RANT: I don’t normally voice my opinion about things on this blog, but I must say: I found this idea to be one of the most ridiculous, pompous, control-freak things I have ever heard. To think that the government is pushing to control not only its people, but nature is mind-blowing. Will it work? Considering the David vs. Goliath aspect of this project, probably not the way the mayor imagines. Click here for the full story.

Whew…I think I have collected myself! No such absurdities have been reported in this area, but it appears we won’t need such a chemical anyway as both rain and snow will be a minimal factor this week for the lowlands. Partly sunny skies will be the story for tomorrow before a bit of rain moves in Wednesday. Another break arrives Thursday before more rain comes in Friday. The on again off again pattern continues into the weekend before a much colder and wetter airmass moves into our region, signalling a return to winter weather in the mountain passes!

Governor Gregoire, if you so much as spray a chemical over those mountains to keep it from snowing there to promote avalanche safety, so help me…just kidding 😉

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

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30 thoughts on “Moscow, Russia Mayor Promises a Winter Without Snow

  1. Hey Matt,

    Any chance we the rain on Wednesday might stick to the morning? The Warren Avenue Footaball D-String has their team pictures on Wednesday at 6:30 pm. Please let there be a chance of dry. Can you give me any hope here?

  2. Colleen:

    You may be in luck! The heaviest rain will occur between 8-11 am, tapering off to widely scattered showers by noon. The evening hours are forecasted to be completely dry all around the Puget Sound. :)

  3. Yippiee! Trying to keep about 20, 8 to 9 year old boys clean for photo’s in the middle of a muddy field is challenging enough without more rain on top if it.

    Thanks Matt!

  4. Colleen: Hope it stays dry for you!!

    Shawn: Ha! I just don’t get it when man tries to interfere with nature. Comical stuff to say the least. Thanks for the link!

    Thomas: I see you’ve been doing your research! In comparison the El Nino may look like a dud, but certain regions have indeed warmed since the last update. I don’t expect it to be much stronger than the 2006 El Nino, however. I think the bigger El Nino story will be next winter.

  5. hey Matt i dissagree with you about next year will be a elnino i am acctually thinking a la nina i post on the OFA to also to the and my friends on the OFA are thinking and La nina next year a brief one then going back in the elnino but also the 1967 and 1969 analogs are looking a lot like our current situation along with the 2006

  6. Matt, You were spot on in your forcasting for today. The football pictures came off very dry. In fact the clouds coming in for the next round of rain provided some really interesting light for the team pictures.

    While I have your attention, Jason will be traveling back over Snoqualmie Pass on Friday (10/23) afternoon. The less than acurate forcast sites indicate that it should be rainy and a little windy but no snow or ice. Since you are batting a 1000 here I would appreciate your take on it as well when you get a chance.

  7. Eric: Is it working now? I didn’t seem to have a problem…

    Matt: We’ll see. It’s much to early to be talking about next years ENSO tendencies anyway, but my best guess is continued El Nino conditions.

    Colleen: I’m glad! It was a close one…at 5:30 a heavy downpour rolled through the area after several hours of dry weather and I said to myself, “Oh great…I’m gonna get it!” But thankfully it dried out for you!

    Those less than accurate sites are actually correct. It will be very wet in the lowlands with increasingly heavy rain over the passes, so please advise him to take it easy! It will be a little breezy too, but nothing that would warrant an advisory or anything.

  8. today so far it has gotten very windy here in duvall i see the cottonwood tree in or yard about 15 years old but 50 feet tall i may have the years wrong is swaying a lot so are the evergreens the cottonwood looks like its going to fall down every gust im suprised it hasent yet

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