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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

9 October 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. If Only the Weather Forecasters are Right!

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If Only the Weather Forecasters are Right!

Sergei Yolkin



Yolkin has Indian Summer as a grandma because “Indian Summer” in Russian is бабье лето (babye leto), literally, “Grandma’s Summer”. If Yolkin were dealing with an English text, he’d probably use an American Indian with a feather bonnet… it’s one of those idiomatic language things.

The guy in the apartment is wearing slippers because Russians consider wearing your street shoes in the house as being бескултурний (beskulturny: “uncultured”, uncouth, “below the salt”, “simply not done”). As one Russian gal said, “Do you want your baby crawling on the same floor that you’ve clomped on in your dirty old shoes? Yuck!” By the way, French Canadians have a similar custom…



Forecasters predict light rains and warming up to 16 degrees (61 degrees Fahrenheit) in Moscow this week. Sergei Yolkin thinks that the above scene is likely.

7 October 2013

Sergei Yolkin





Monday, 5 March 2012

5 March 2012. VOR Presents… An Anomaly of Nature: Snow Fell in Jerusalem

Suddenly, in the first month of spring in Israel, real winter weather with snow and lowered temperatures came roaring in. On the night of 2 March, in the areas of Jerusalem located at altitudes above 700 metres (@2,300 feet) above sea level, snow began to fall. By morning, the snow level reached a height of 4-5 centimetres (1.6-2 inches). The abnormal weather triggered traffic disruptions. In areas with the greatest snowfall, schools cancelled classes. The last time that snow fell in Jerusalem was in 2008.


Snow covered the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem, Galilee, and the West Bank.


To restore traffic in the city centre, snow-ploughs had to clear Jerusalem’s streets.


Because of the unusual weather conditions in Jerusalem, the demand for heaters and warm clothing increased.


Local authorities decided to cancel school in the villages of Ofra, Psagot, Beit El, and several other settlements around Jerusalem, in Judea and Samaria.


Weather forecasters promise that normal spring weather will follow the cold cyclone, there’ll be a gradual increase in temperature, and rain will replace the snow.


Jerusalemites build an early March snowman.


5 March 2012

Voice of Russia World Service


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