posted on Jan, 18 2006 @ 04:52 AM
Temperatures in Russia have taken a dramatic shift, with the weather forecast predicting temperatures to fall as low as -37C, being the coldest it
has been in Russia since 1979.
An unexpected energy crisis has also gripped the country, at the same time as the country is experiencing problems with the weather. Schools had to
be shut, large businesses were made to pledge to the government to ration their use of electricity from 3pm to 9pm, while they have a choice, and up
to 400,000 people in Russia woke up to find that their cars would not start up. Up to 107 Muscovites have died because of the low temperatures since
The schools are shut, traffic has ebbed and life has taken a more cautious pace over the sheet ice. There is little you can do but shuffle on, tape
up your windows and buy a thicker hat. Temperatures in Moscow yesterday plunged to -28C. Three people froze to death and 14 were taken seriously ill.
But, as ever, it will get worse for this city of 12 million.
Weather forecasters predict that tonight and tomorrow temperatures will plunge to as low as -37C, the coldest in the capital since 1979. Moscow's
record low is -42.1, set 66 years ago. One Russian news website ran the headline "The Day After Tomorrow - in Moscow", referring to the Hollywood
film about global warming in which the United States is enveloped overnight in a new ice age.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
The article also states that to top it off, the people of Russia will also have to deal with a record rise in utility prices. This is indeed bad
news for the people of Russia.
If there are any members who are from Russia that read this article, we would like to get an update on this situation.
[edit on 18-1-2006 by Muaddib]
[edit on 18-1-2006 by parrhesia]