December Rain

December Rain

Who ever would have thought it? Usually by the beginning of December the ground in Novosibirsk has been white for a month. This year, the snow just can’t seem to stick. For most of November, temperatures hovered around the freezing mark. Last Saturday’s 37 degrees and...
Winter Holidays

Winter Holidays

In America, the colored lights came down long ago. Not so in Novosibirsk. In the still-long nights and dark mornings of February they burn brightly. This is all in celebration of the winter holidays. And no, I’m not using that phrase the way people in the U.S. do so...
Told You It Gets Cold Here!

Told You It Gets Cold Here!

It’s mid-December, and so there should be no surprise that the temperatures in Siberia are in the double digits below 0. The display here is in degrees Celsius. Most of these temperatures aren’t quite as fierce as they appear, since “0” on this scale is actually +32...
The First Days of Winter

The First Days of Winter

Winter usually comes to Novosibirsk toward the end of October, and this year is no exception. The first snow fell on October 24. These photos look a lot like those I posted of the last snow just six months ago. Before this snow had a chance to disappear (it...