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13 March 2016. Animal Funnies… It Was Just Another March Day in the Rodina…

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Sunday, 9 March 2014

Break Out the Ray-Bans and Coppertone… New Heat Record Expected in Moscow… is THIS what Russia’s Coming to? Cheborneck!

00 Polar Bear on Holiday. 09.03.14


What’s happened to those damned cold old school Russian winters? Cheborneck!


Weather in Moscow is about to break one more record, as the air temp may warm up to 9 degrees (48.2 degrees Fahrenheit) Sunday afternoon, outdoing the previous record of 7.2 degrees (45 degrees Fahrenheit) set in 1995. The Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environment Monitoring (Rosgidromet) said that they expect the skies in the city and in the Podmoskovye to be partly cloudy, and they expect no atmospheric precipitation (that’s weatherman talk for “we don’t think that it’s gonna rain”). Rosgidromet also spoke of a mild northwest wind of 3 metres/second (6.7 miles per hour) to 8 metres/second (18 miles per hour). They expect this kind of weather to last through Monday, with pre-dawn temperatures varying from -4 degrees (24.8 degrees Fahrenheit) in the rural areas to 1 degree (33.8 degrees Fahrenheit) in the city. In the afternoon, the temp is likely to rise to 8 (46.4 degrees Fahrenheit) to 10 degrees (50 degrees Fahrenheit), and even 11 degrees (51.8 degrees Fahrenheit), in some parts of the region. The weather might repeat the record for 10 March, set in 1997, which was 10.2 degrees (50.5 degrees Fahrenheit). On 8 March, Gidromet’s main monitoring station at the all-Russia Exhibition Centre recorded 8.1 degrees (46.6 degrees Fahrenheit), which was also a record reading.

9 March 2014

Voice of Russia World Service



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Monday, 1 April 2013

Bears at the Moscow Zoo-Park Waking Up After Hibernation

00 Sleepy bear. cartoon. 01.04.13

There’s bears in the gutter and be careful not to utter a sound that might disturb them…


On Monday, a spokesman for the Moscow Zoo-Park told RIA-Novosti that the Brown and Himalayan Black Bears slowly began to wake up after hibernation, saying, “The bears in the zoo haven’t woken up completely. They’ve just started to stretch in their cage; they’re not fully-awake, yet. Right now, the bears are only drinking; we’re not feeding them at present”. She noted that not all of the Moscow Zoo-Park bears hibernate. For example, the Sloth Bear, Spectacled Bear, and the Polar Bear with her cubs didn’t sleep over the winter. According to her, five bears at the zoo hibernate in the winter… two Brown Bears and three Himalayan Black Bears.

1 April 2013




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