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Spectacular snow fireworks as Russians celebrate the deep cold of winter

By The Siberian Times reporter
07 February 2019

Low temperatures are a time for fun in -50C and below - riding bikes, ice swimming or eating frozen noodles.

The results are striking - like real fireworks but entirely without any explosives. Picture: @borozdin3

The amazing snow fireworks are caused by throwing hot water into the cold air in extreme cold. 

The results are striking - like real fireworks but entirely without any explosives. 

Some locals felt the need to peel off their clothes to mark the deep cold. 

Here we show a collection of videos from around Siberia where temperatures have plunged to their lowest of the winter in many areas. 

Photographer nicknamed @borozdin3, from Nizhnevartovsk posted a stunning photoshoot where the vaporing water forms wings around a girl.

Ekaterina Varnava, from Krasnoyarsk, posted on 5 February 'For those who are wondering what happens when boiling water meets extreme cold.'

It was -40C at the moment of the shoot, she said.

Cold Challenge - Krasnoyarsk


Cold Challenge - Nizhnevartovsk

'For those who are wondering what happens when boiling water meets extreme cold.' Pictures: Ekaterina Varnava, @borozdin3

Officially the coldest in Western Siberia was Tomsk region on the night 1-2 February when the cold hit -48C.

Many people on their own thermometers registered even colder temperatures, for example -52C in Nechaevo, Novosibirsk region. 

In Lesosibirsk a man rode a bike at -45C, ,even though this company provides a bus for him to get to work, and he anyway owns a car. 

He prefers to ride in the extreme chill.

In Novosibirsk, on February 3 at around -32C, Sergey Mischenko tried to eat instant noodles - but they were frozen.

So he took a plunge in an ice hole. 

Sergey’s wife Marina said he came originally from Kazakhstan, but is now a convert to the real cold in Siberia.


Elsewhere local cold swimmers made a photoshoot in the ice hole. 

They gave some tips of cold swimming in such temperatures.

First, everything must be done very quickly: if you delay at least two minutes, you freeze both your fingers and your ears. 

And, of course, dress speedily after bathing -  for example, use two pairs of mittens.

Not everyone likes them cold.

Cold swimmers in Novosibirsk


Cold swimmers in Novosibirsk


Cold swimmers in Novosibirsk

Elsewhere local cold swimmers made a photoshoot in the ice hole. Pictures: Stanislav Lukashevich

On 5 February in Krasnoyarsk actor Sergey Danilenko arranged a protest - he came to the square near the city administration building with a poster declaring: ‘Why it is so cold? Enough!'. 

He was quickly kicked out by the guards. 

A day earlier an Airbus  А-330-300 from Moscow to Krasnoyarsk had to detour as it was about the land. 

The reason? It was below -40C and too cold for the aircraft’s tyres. 

So the passengers were flown to Novosibirsk instead. 

Sergey Danilenko

Sergey Danilenko came to the square near the city administration building with a poster declaring: ‘Why it is so cold? Enough!'. 

Dubak is the slang name given for strong cold; it provokes a spirit of challenge in Russians as thermometers plunged from the Urals to the Pacific. 

Renat Yagudin, from Nosobirsk Hydrometeorological Centre, said: 'From the very first days of February, the frosts have already broken the records of a particular day, beginning on 1 February, when an Arctic anticyclone invaded our  region. 

‘So, on the night of 2 February, the temperature in the region dropped from -33C to to -45C….

‘It was also cold in the neighbouring Tomsk and Kemerovo regions - around  minus 44-45 degrees Celsius.’

Cold provokes a spirit of challenge in Russians as thermometers plunged from the Urals to the Pacific. Pictures: Artem Arafailov, __helena_m__ , Tatyana Kuzmina, Olesya Pavlova, matador_gt, Madina Ogorelkova, katrin22region, Elena De Leske

Cold Challenge - Yekaterinburg


Cold Challenge - Tynda


Cold Challenge - Angarsk


Cold Challenge - Krasnoyarsk


cold Challenge - Barnaul


cold Challenge - Novy Urengoy


cold Challenge - Barnaul


Cold Challenge - Tobolsk

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