Today, 4th of November, a very heavy snow fell throughout the night and day in Irkutsk. White snow now covers all surfaces. The air temperature is about -1 Celsius ( 31 Farenheit ).

There is constant snow cover.

The winter begins in Irkutsk.


And our readers wrote:

Date: Sat, 4 Nov 1995 20:33:53 -0800
To: "Fedor G. Babanine" 
From: Ed Baumann 
Subject: Re: The winter comes to Irkutsk

Hello Fedor,

    I see  that winter has settled into Siberia!  Here too the snow
has fallen. On thursday night we had about ten centimeters of snow
and the temperature has stayed below zero degrees so it has stayed
with us. Unfortunately the sun shining on the black pavement of the
roads melted some of the snow, and the water then froze at night
and made driving very difficult. All of the streets are covered
with  a sheet of ice,  except where they plowed the snow and sanded
the street.
    It seems that we have much  in  common.  Besides  both  of  our
cities  being on the shores of the two greatest lakes in the world,
it seems we also share the weather!

Stay Warm!

Ed Baumann

Date: Mon, 6 Nov 1995 10:14:05 -0600
To: Fedor G. Babanine 
Subject: winter

Sneg, zima... Zdorovo! Here in Indiana it just got cold (+4C), snowed for
about 10 minutes on Saturday morning, but otherwise it is still fall
weather, sunny and chilly, which is ok with me.  What I really miss living
here, though, is skiing and skating in the winter - it gets cold and snows,
of course, but only for a week at a time, and then it gets warm and the
snow melts, so there is never enough to ski... Holiday time came to the US
- Halloween just passed, Thanksgiving is at the door, and the stores
already stocked up with Christmas merchandise.  Pumpkin sales are at the
highest, and massive turkey slaughter is taking place all over the country
- animal right activists are getting restless, of course.  The school
semester is almost over, just one set of midterm exams left, so college
students stopped drinking for a while and are studying desperatly in the
hope to improve their grades before finals.

Lena Polovnikova
graduate student
Purdue University BMB Program

Date: Mon, 6 Nov 1995 15:11:15 -0500
Subject: Re: The winter comes to Irkutsk

Hi, Fedor

I am still waiting for snow here.  Our first storm is normally around the
middle of November.  It will melt in a couple days.  Any snow we get after
Christmas will stay until April.

Bill Caswell
Boscawen, NH

Date: Wed, 8 Nov 1995 00:59:06 -0500
From: Tolya (MTH) 
Subject: Re:  The winter comes to Irkutsk

Hi Fedor   :) Nice to hear from you.
Last time it was snowing in Florida something like 20 years ago.
Don`t forget warm clothes.