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More weird weather hits Siberia: tornadoes, floods, now snow

By The Siberian Times reporter
13 July 2016

Residents of Krasnoyark take to boats to go to work, while an unusual July snowstorm hits Yakutia.

The city of Krasnoyarsk was paralysed by a deluge of rain. Picture: NGS.Krasnoyarsk

Recently we showed two tornadoes on the same day in different regions of Siberia. Such a phenomenon is rare here, but so too are other examples of extreme weather this summer. 

For example, there is a stereotype that it is always cold in Siberia but in fact summers are hot, depending on the region. 

July snow in Yakutia July snow in Yakutia

Kobyaisky district in Yakutia meets sudden snow in July. Pictures: Tuyaara Illarionova

Snow is rare indeed in July in the Kobyaisky district of Yakutia, also known as the Sakha Republic, yet it arrived this week. This district is on a similar latitude to Trongheim in Norway or the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik.

The city of Krasnoyarsk was paralysed by a deluge of rain, with floods in the ground floors of apartment blocks and many people late for work. 

Local blogger and journalist Stanislav Kazachenko told newspaper Prospekt Mira: 'When I saw how much water is in the street after the rain, there was a decision exactly how I'm going to get to work. 

July snow in Yakutia


July snow in Yakutia

Kobyaisky district is on a similar latitude to Trongheim in Norway or the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. Pictures: social media

'I took my two-seat boat and sailed along Zheleznodorozhnikov Street. Ordinary people helped me, encouraged, advised, how to row.'

The situation aggravated when a lightning hit an electrical substation in the city centre, plunging houses, shops and offices into gloom.

Others used a wakeboard to cross the submerged street. A bus laden with passengers got waterlogged and needed to be rescued by firefighters.

Flooded roads in Krasnoyarsk


Flooded roads in Krasnoyarsk


Flooded roads in Krasnoyarsk

Cars drowned and a bus laden with passengers got waterlogged and needed to be rescued by firefighters. Pictures: social media, EMERCOM in Krasnoyarsk region

City official Igor Titenkov told: 'Today nature has given us a test that we must endure. We do not relax - pumps are still working in the city.

'All services work in an emergency mode.... it is not disaster, but we are working at full swing.' 

Krasnoyarsk mayor Edkham Akbulatov stated: 'Sadly we do not have enough 'storm drains'. It is a problem for our city and it cannot be solved quickly.'

Flooded roads in Krasnoyarsk


Flooded roads in Krasnoyarsk


Flooded roads in Krasnoyarsk

'I took my two-seat boat and sailed along Zheleznodorozhnikov Street. Ordinary people helped me, encouraged, advised, how to row.' Pictures: social media, Stepan Kazantsev, Maria Nosovets

The freak flooding was all the more surprising since forecasts had warned of slight rain and thunderstorms, but nothing on the scale of the weather that hit Krasnoyarsk. 

Social media reports show locals blame climate change and global warming for the extreme weather. 

Comments (4)

My apologies, I meant ST not SB I blame that misprint on the heat. It's cooking me slowly at this moment.
Jaker, Dundalk
19/07/2016 07:22
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Tomorrow, Tuesday the 19th, Britain & Ireland are going to have their warmest day this year & maybe ever. So SB could you you send me over a nice furnished igloo on loan for the day. I'm not promising it won't be melted by the time you get it back.
Jaker, Dundalk
19/07/2016 00:34
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activity conquers cold, stillness conquers heat. What is happening has not happened in tens of thousands of years. the ice is melting rapidly, the underground cold storage rooms are gone, permafrost, is about to become extinct. If you live in this area, please make every effort to survive. Thank you.
bernie, missouri, usa
15/07/2016 13:56
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The weather world wide seems to be inside out & upside down. El Nino & La Nina are truly evil & are playing jollily with the jet-stream. So "Shoo" to you both!
Jaker, Dundalk
14/07/2016 10:50
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