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Snow tsunami shows winter arriving, as pictures show ice halo and noodles in the Siberian cold

By The Siberian Times reporter
12 November 2018

The drama, beauty - and absurdity - of our weather.

Snow tsunami covers Siberia. Picture: Sergey Korotchenko

A time-lapse video from residents of Krasnoyarsk catches the arrival of one of the first snow storms over the city. 

In the middle of the day a snow tsunami came, turning the temperature from 3C to -6C in a few hours.

Winter will bring much harsher temperatures but for now see the dramatic arrival of snow blanketing the surrounding mountains then blotting our the city. 

On social media people wrote that it resembled the Game of Thrones, namely the appearance of white walkers - the army of the living dead. 

They left dozens of comments with quotes from the series, like: 'Winter is coming, and a Lannister always pays his debts.’

Ice halo in Norilsk, Siberia


Ice halo in Norilsk, Siberia


Ice halo in Norilsk, Siberia


Ice halo in Norilsk, Siberia

Ice halo, otherwise known as 'frozen light' pictured over Talnakh and Norilsk. Pictures: Ilya Kalinskiy, Andrey Gaiduk, Demyan Bulavinets


Further north in the same Krasnoyarsk region is the Arctic city of Norilsk. 

Here resident Demian Bulavinets caught the natural seasonal  phenomenon of ‘light pillars’.

This is a harbinger of winter.

In Norilsk, it was already down to -25C.

As he posted: 'We know from childhood that if the light goes up like a pillar, then it is to herald frost.’

This is an atmospheric optical phenomenon in the form of a vertical band of light appearing to reach above or below a light source. 

It is caused by tiny ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere or clouds.

frozen noodles


frozen noodles

Frozen at -30C instant noodles hold a fork. Pictures: lanefdesfous70


As the temperature sank further another Norilsk resident nicknamed lanefdesfous70 exposed his dinner of Korean noodles to the cold. 

The fork with the noodles took just four minutes to freeze, while the spicy base of his meal took half an hour. 

Comments (4)

The vertical ice halos are a fascinating optical study. You see them the same with the bare eye, as we see in the pictures? And the moon creates unusual optical effects too?

Question: Does Siberia see the Milky Way well, often? I have read that in Alaska, the night sky generally has a slight diffuse glow, related to the Aurora (even when there isn't one), and that therefore faint stars and the Milky Way are less visible than in more-southern regions.

Is it like that in Yakutia too?
Ted Clayton, Forks WA, USA
18/11/2018 08:21
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in about 18 months, the chance is very real that the methane accumulations in the Arctic will ignite, the fire will be like no fire ever imagined before, you and yours will have about 6 days to evacuate to an area below 45 degrees north latitude.
bernie, 38 degree N 90 W
15/11/2018 13:02
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winter comes every year, like Christmas, the birthday or New Year. And catches people by - surprise - and - not ready yet, we did not think of it- every year.
Benedikt MORAK, Moscow
14/11/2018 01:30
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这种光柱,在中国古籍中叫“地天通”:

《国语.楚语下》:

昭王问于观射父,曰:「《周书》所谓重、黎寔使天地不通者,何也?若无然,民将能登天乎?」

对曰:「非此之谓也。古者民神不杂。民之精爽不携贰者,而又能齐肃衷正,其智能上下比义,其圣能光远宣朗,其明能光照之,其聪能月彻之,如是则明神降之,在男曰觋,在女曰巫。是使制神之处位次主,而为之牲器时服,而后使先圣之后之有光烈,而能知山川之号、高祖之主、宗庙之事、昭穆之世、齐敬之勤、礼节之宜、威仪之则、容貌之崇、忠信之质、禋洁之服,而敬恭明神者,以为之祝。使名姓之后,能知四时之生、牺牲之物、玉帛之类、采服之仪、彝器之量、次主之度、屏摄之位、坛场之所、上下之神、氏姓之出,而心率旧典者为之宗。于是乎有天地神民类物之官,是谓五官,各司其序,不相乱也。民是以能有忠信,神是以能有明德,民神异业,敬而不渎,故神降之嘉生,民以物享,祸灾不至,求用不匮。

及少皞之衰也,九黎乱德,民神杂糅,不可方物。夫人作享,家为巫史,无有要质。民匮于祀,而不知其福。烝享无度,民神同位。民渎齐盟,无有严威。神狎民则,不蠲其为。嘉生不降,无物以享。祸灾荐臻,莫尽其气。颛顼受之,乃命南正重司天以属神,命火正黎司地以属民,使复旧常,无相侵渎,是谓绝地天通。……」
姚剑申, 巨鹿/中国
13/11/2018 07:42
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