Foreigners struck by snowy Norilsk

Foreigners struck by snowy Norilsk

December 02, 2020

The northern city sunk in the snow has attracted the attention of social media users around the world.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. For a week or so Norilsk has been lying under a multi-meter layer of snow. Media around the world is talking about the bad weather in the city and about the harsh Russian winter, social media users are surprised at the resilience of the northerners.

Foreign mass media is struck by northern winter

A piece about snowfall in Norilsk was prepared in far sunny Spain, where many residents do not even know about the romance of the northern latitudes. The local branch of the Russia Today TV channel says that under a huge layer of snow “cars, road signs, bus stops are buried”.

Journalists note that in November the city received almost two months amount of percipitation. According to statistics conducted since 2006, the average annual snow level in Norilsk is about 220 millimeters. In 2008 there was a lot of snow, so this figure increased to 390 millimeters. This year, in October alone, 62 millimeters of precipitation has already fallen – a third of the average annual value. Most of the snow has fallen in Talnah.

Foreigners admire the northerners, many of whom, armed with shovels, dig a path for cars on their own.

Inhabitants of the southern countries – Arabs, Turks, Latin Americans – is also amazed by Norilsk weather. They wonder how people manage to live in such fantastic conditions, and either jokingly or seriously suggesting Norilsk residents to pack their bags and move closer to a warm sea.

But the Europeans, on the other hand, envy the northerners. For example, residents of France and Germany complain that they would not mind snowfall during the Christmas holidays, though not in such amounts as in Norilsk.

As This Is Taimyr previously wrote, bad weather hit Norilsk last week. The city is still experiencing abnormal warming and blizzard. Now it is -3 degrees outside, the wind is 7-11 meters per second. However, the storm warning remains.

Text: Mikhail Tuaev, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko and

December 02, 2020

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