Feb 2, 2011

Frozen Novosibirsk

This beautiful nightview of Novosibirsk in Russia was sent to me by my postcardpal Valerie :) The last card I sent her was from Metsovo and I was writing to her that it was really cold because it was -2C. She writes me back that she laughed with that because at that time it was -38C at Novosibirsk!! I cannot even imagine how they can live at so low temperatures!!!!




Novosibirsk (Russian: Новосиби́рск) is Russia's third-largest city, after Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and the largest city of Siberia with a population of 1.4 million (2010). It is the administrative center of Novosibirsk Oblast as well as of the Siberian Federal District. The city is located in the south-western portion of the federal district and occupies an area of 477.2 square kilometres (184.2 sq mi).
The climate is humid continental (Koppen Dfb), with warm summers and severely cold winters. Snow is frequent, falling on almost half of winter days, but individual snowfalls are usually light. Temperatures in summer range from +20 °C (68 °F) to +25 °C (77 °F); in winter −18 °C (−0.4 °F) to −20 °C (−4 °F). However, in winter temperatures can go as low as −30 °C (−22 °F) to −35 °C (−31 °F) and in summer as high as +30 °C (86 °F) to +35 °C (95 °F). The difference between the highest and the lowest temperature is 88 °C (158 °F). Most days the weather is sunny, with an average of 2,880 hours of sunshine per year, but heavy rain is possible in summer.
Travelers coming from countries with mild climates may find Novosibirsk’s winter tough, but it will not be extraordinary for those from northern countries. At times, bitter cold may hold for some days, but temperatures of −40 °C (−40 °F) and lower do not occur every year. In the springtime, streets and roads become dirty as a result of mud and melting snow, while the weather is still cold. [wikipedia]

Climate data for Novosibirsk
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) -12.2
(10)
-10.3
(13.5)
-2.6
(27.3)
8.1
(46.6)
17.5
(63.5)
24.0
(75.2)
25.7
(78.3)
22.2
(72)
16.6
(61.9)
6.8
(44.2)
-2.9
(26.8)
-8.9
(16)
7.0
(44.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) -16.2
(2.8)
-14.7
(5.5)
-7.2
(19)
3.2
(37.8)
11.6
(52.9)
18.2
(64.8)
20.2
(68.4)
17.0
(62.6)
11.5
(52.7)
3.4
(38.1)
-6.0
(21.2)
-12.7
(9.1)
2.4
(36.3)
Average low °C (°F) -20.1
(-4.2)
-19.1
(-2.4)
-11.8
(10.8)
-1.7
(28.9)
5.6
(42.1)
12.3
(54.1)
14.7
(58.5)
11.7
(53.1)
6.4
(43.5)
0.0
(32)
-9.1
(15.6)
-16.4
(2.5)
-2.3
(27.9)
Precipitation mm (inches) 19
(0.75)
14
(0.55)
15
(0.59)
24
(0.94)
36
(1.42)
58
(2.28)
72
(2.83)
66
(2.6)
44
(1.73)
38
(1.5)
32
(1.26)
24
(0.94)
442
(17.4)
Source: "Mean monthly climatic data for the city of Novosibirsk from 1961 to 1990". Roshydromet. http://meteoinfo.ru/climate/klimatgorod/1716-1246618396. Retrieved 2010-10-17.

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