October in Siberia - Why I Wish it Had Been Warmer

Snow on a rustic shed, Photo by Anja
@Rollo1 (16685)
Boston, Massachusetts
November 7, 2015 2:16pm CST
There are dire predictions about above average snowfall here in the Northeast United States. And all because Siberia had a terrible October. See, the theory goes that if there is a lot of snow in Siberia in October, then there will be a lot of snow in the Northeast US the following winter. This is based on some scientific mumbo-jumbo having to do with the Polar Vortex. Bottom line is that, here in New England, we can expect a lot of snow. Honestly, that's been what we have had the last 4 out of 5 winters. Last year, they had 102 inches in Boston, MA. I don't remember having a whole week without snow starting from the end of January until about April. Don't get me wrong. I love snow. I love to watch it fall, I love the way it transforms the landscape. It's quiet, elegant and exquisitely beautiful. For a while. It's nice to be snowed in, safe behind a wall of white, knowing that only Santa would bother trying to visit you with six feet on snow on the ground. But it does lose some of its charm after a while. After three months or so, it's depressing to be snowed in. Even Spring sounds like a good idea and I hate Spring - it's all mud and insects. So, I want to say to everyone in Siberia "I am sorry you had such an abysmal October". Are you a lover of snow or someone who hates to see winter arrive? Do you live where there is no snow and want me to ship you some in February?
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@MALUSE (45934)
• Uzbekistan
7 Nov 15
Last winter we had hardly any snow at all in the south of Germany. The climate is getting milder and milder. But my husband and I aren't keen on snow. He because he's from Southern Italy and not used to snow and I because I'm not good at walking in snow. Two years ago I slipped and broke my arm.
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@marlina (80591)
• Canada
7 Nov 15
I guess that now, you must be pretty nervous when you walk in the snow.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
7 Nov 15
I have fallen so many times, I have it down to an Olympic sport. I don't fall as much now simply because I am so careful. But snow doesn't bother me to walk on, it's ice you have to watch out for.
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@GardenGerty (105337)
• United States
11 Nov 15
@Rollo1 I want a new, heavily padded coat, to fall in.
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@dodoazo (22051)
• Philippines
9 Nov 15
It is already November in our place. We are beginning to feel the cool weather and till December. But not much. February is the coolest month we could ever experience. That is the Siberian ice is already melting and the wind is blowing it towards our place. Grrr!
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
9 Nov 15
We will soon be covered in ice here. That's when we start eating our turkey feasts for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
@Fleura (7420)
• United Kingdom
7 Nov 15
Like you, I enjoy it or a while, and it's best when we don't have to make any journeys longer than a walk to the local shop!
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
7 Nov 15
If I had one wish, it would be to play in the snow once again, and enjoy it as I once did.
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@Fleura (7420)
• United Kingdom
7 Nov 15
@Rollo1 That's rather a poignant thought. Can't you forget your worries for a while and just enjoy it?
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Nov 15
@Fleura Ummm... No.
@Jessicalynnt (47879)
• Centralia, Missouri
7 Nov 15
ship away! lol, although I heard ours will be colder and wetter which may mean snow for once.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Nov 15
A little snow is a wonderful thing. A moderate amount is fine. But there is a tipping point, lol.
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• Centralia, Missouri
8 Nov 15
@Rollo1 pretty dusting, clear roads. done. lol
@rebelann (43605)
• El Paso, Texas
7 Nov 15
Oh, just thought I'd mention that your photo is absolutely beautiful, it would make a lovely Christmas card.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
7 Nov 15
That was taken last year, when we had only a little snow, lol. It's my view from my back porch. I really want to thank the neighbor for having such a cute little wooden shed. It looks so picturesque.
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@rebelann (43605)
• El Paso, Texas
7 Nov 15
Why is it that those stupid emojis won't always work K, I'm so jealous of your beautiful snow @Rollo1 until peeps from your area start complainin about how cold it gets, so glad we rarely get below 32 in our winter.
@GardenGerty (105337)
• United States
11 Nov 15
Some years winter lingers, other years not so much.We moved fifty miles east towards Colorado, so I wonder if it will mean more snow this year. I could happily be snowed in.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
11 Nov 15
I don't know the long-range forecast for Colorado. Being snowed in is not so bad.
@jstory07 (72359)
• Roseburg, Oregon
8 Nov 15
I hope the snow will wait until after November to snow.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Nov 15
Here, if we don't get snow by October, it's going to be a snowy winter. But if it snows in October/November, then the winter is mild. But no snow for us this Octobr and plenty in Siberia.
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@marlina (80591)
• Canada
7 Nov 15
My Big Snow  Marsmallow
Loved the snow when I was younger and living in Quebec, but now I DO NOT like it once it has landed. I only enjoy it when it is falling gently and melting away.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
7 Nov 15
It's very beautiful when it is is falling and when it is new and pristine. But it's harder to enjoy now than it was when I was a kid.
@rebelann (43605)
• El Paso, Texas
7 Nov 15
**waving frantically to get your attention** be a dear and send us some for Christmas, it's been years since we've had a white Christmas, then when the sun shines we'll have enough moisture to feed the plants
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
7 Nov 15
You may not believe this, but there was a guy not too far from here who actually sold boxes of snow from his backyard last year. He packed them up in insulated boxes and plastic bags and shipped them overnight. That way, most of it was still frozen when it got there. He actually had people paying $100 for a box of snow.
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@rebelann (43605)
• El Paso, Texas
7 Nov 15
Somehow I'm not surprised @Rollo1 I live in a military town full of families from up in the northeastern states and some of them probably would want just a wee bit of snow to remind them of their home states.
@GardenGerty (105337)
• United States
11 Nov 15
@Rollo1 I heard the same guy has expanded to selling autumn leaves this year. Or another just as brilliant guy.
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@BelleStarr (40244)
• United States
8 Nov 15
I am not looking forward to it but I will be gone south for 2 months.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Nov 15
Oh, it's going to snow at least twice that long.
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@BelleStarr (40244)
• United States
8 Nov 15
@Rollo1 I know I have some concerns about driving back especially. However, if it is too bad I will stay in Florida longer.
@Asylum (48215)
• Manchester, England
7 Nov 15
I visited Siberia in March, which is supposed to be the mild time of year there. It was around 7 or 8 below, but I dread to think what the depth of winter would be there.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
7 Nov 15
I remember reading once about pizza shops in Siberia. I imagine it isn't as bleak as it was in Dostoevsky's time, but it's probably just as cold. How cool to travel there (no pun intended)!
@Asylum (48215)
• Manchester, England
7 Nov 15
@Rollo1 Bratsk had been a penal colony until about 20 years before I arrived there.
@celticeagle (121030)
• Boise, Idaho
7 Nov 15
I used to enjoy the snow when I was young and had the energy to transport myself around in it. I think the snow is pretty if I am inside with a hot totty. Now that I am not real sure footed anymore I don't like the ice that is sometimes underneath the snow is black ice that can be very dangerous to drivers.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
7 Nov 15
I guess that is why people retire to warmer climes. It's harder to deal with as we get older, and we tend to hate the idea of going out in the snow.
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@celticeagle (121030)
• Boise, Idaho
7 Nov 15
@Rollo1 ...Yes, it is. I live where I have lived all of my life.
• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
11 Nov 15
I dont really like the winter cause of the snow and cold climate but now that I live in the carribean, I dont mind it at all
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
11 Nov 15
I am sure you never have to worry about snow, but you do have to worry about hurricanes.
@Tampa_girl7 (27505)
• United States
8 Nov 15
I love snow and miss it very much. A shipment of snow would be most welcome.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
9 Nov 15
I will save a box for you.
@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
8 Nov 15
You had a horrible winter last year. I would take a lot of it with a pinch of salt the weather doomsayers have been predicting bad weather here for the last couple of months surprisingly heatwaves (didnt arrive) Storms ( more like a little breeze) Rain ( it was dry all week) I guess the best weather forecast is your head on your shoulders when you stick it outside your door! I hope it is a mild winter for you this year?
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Nov 15
About a month ago I saw a long forecast that said the opposite, so who knows? I really just would like a mild winter because it is milder on my pocketbook. Running the heat is so very expensive.
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@vickyrose (2031)
• Canberra, Australia
8 Nov 15
It doesn't snow where I live, but when I experienced snow, it's very pristine and everything is picture perfect.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
9 Nov 15
It is very pretty, there's no denying that.
@just4him (132417)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Nov 15
I love watching weather patterns, but had no idea Siberia entered into the equation for the eastern US. I love snow and we haven't gotten as much as the east coast in the last couple years. I'm hoping for a better winter this year, but with fall taking so long to arrive, we might be out of luck again this year. If we don't get much you can always ship some to me in February.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Nov 15
I am considering moving to Fargo, ND.
@sueznewz2 (10156)
• Alicante, Spain
7 Nov 15
I love the snow.... I spend a lot of time in spain, on the Mediterranean coast, so we don't see snow, and even though I go to the uk frequently... we don't get much there either... I much prefer the quantities you have over in the USA...
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Nov 15
Snow is wonderful, but 100 inches is too much.
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@snowy22315 (56040)
• United States
12 Nov 15
I truthfully am not sure what is going to happen this winter, but I do think it is going to be wetter than normal. I think our temps here in VA may be above average, but it is supposed to be wetter so we may see our fair share of rain, freezing rain, and yes, ice and snow.