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 ample rain finished off even the most stubborn snow. Again.

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The next day, December 1, everything seemed to be back on its normal powdered track, albeit a month late. But on Thursday, December 5, again it rained. Where’s the Siberian cold? By the looks of things, it seems to have migrated to parts of the U.S.

Wouldn’t you think that the locals would be overjoyed for a mild winter thus far? Maybe a few are, but all around me I hear discontent and even alarm. This isn’t the way it’s supposed to be! Where’s our snow? What will be the adverse effects of this?

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For my part, I’ll breathe a sigh of relief when (or if) things revert to their normal, frozen, snowy state.