I was lucky enough to visit Russia for ten days back in 2003. It was fascinating, frustrating, and I really took in all the country had to offer because I knew that was probably a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Also, IT WAS IN FEBRUARY. IN RUSSIA.
So, as you can probably imagine, it was freezing, there was ice on the ground everywhere, and we had to keep an eye out for enormous icicles that fell from rooftops when we walked around (seriously).
Bottom line: Russia has some crazy weather. And this Twitter account shares all the good stuff so those of us who live on the other side of the planet can keep up with what’s going on over there.
Let’s take a look!
1. Ugh. No thank you.
You probably can’t drive that thing for a few days…at least.
Ice storm aftermath in #Vladivostok. Photo – https://t.co/r227gBcxu9 pic.twitter.com/NMzPxnN6oG
— Kirill Bakanov (@WeatherSarov1) November 20, 2020
2. Get a load of the ice flowers.
They are very pretty!
Ice flowers on the Kama river (Perm Krai, Russia) – November 21, 2019 Photo – https://t.co/3V59pRfYMv pic.twitter.com/xbgI82X8Ky
— Kirill Bakanov (@WeatherSarov1) November 23, 2019
3. Wow! These photos don’t even look real.
Also, I didn’t know they had volcanoes in Russia.
The highest active volcano of Eurasia #Klyuchevskoi erupts on Kamchatka peninsula of Russia. Photos from November 5-7. Author – https://t.co/aZFplQbS83 pic.twitter.com/JkqdsCZ3p2
— Kirill Bakanov (@WeatherSarov1) November 11, 2020
4. One huge thunderstorm.
Perfect timing on this shot.
Thunderstorm over Saint-Petersburg, few hours ago. Photo – https://t.co/mEfL7WkLI5 pic.twitter.com/9FKTWYNpbf
— Kirill Bakanov (@WeatherSarov1) June 18, 2020
5. Behold the sun halo.
Have you ever seen one of these?
Sun halo in Kizhinginsky District of Buryatia, Russia, Dec 11.
Photos – https://t.co/A4eWPQhOEl pic.twitter.com/pVfAfDl0aA
— Kirill Bakanov (@WeatherSarov1) December 13, 2020
6. The biggest hail I’ve ever laid my eyes on.
Can’t imagine the damage it did.
Very large hail report in Kemerovo
oblast few hours ago. Photos – https://t.co/JgLmpWpswX pic.twitter.com/wXg7Ci5SPP
— Kirill Bakanov (@WeatherSarov1) July 2, 2020
7. The world is on fire.
Look at the colors!
February 29 sunset in Sarov. pic.twitter.com/emXnSmZyNj
— Kirill Bakanov (@WeatherSarov1) March 1, 2020
8. Those are really beautiful.
They sort of look like bomb blasts.
Stacked lenticular clouds near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Kamchatka – November 27, 2019.
Photo – https://t.co/EBQerTNW9L pic.twitter.com/zh63PKgeED
— Kirill Bakanov (@WeatherSarov1) November 27, 2019
9. A stormy night.
Good timing on the photos.
My photos of a storm in Sarov last night. pic.twitter.com/4ADod3pjhe
— Kirill Bakanov (@WeatherSarov1) July 14, 2020
10. Buried by snow.
This just looks miserable.
Norilsk buried by snow, November 29.https://t.co/YLOEwQ6sZahttps://t.co/sEIlJGBg0Xhttps://t.co/XSRfFgv255https://t.co/hzXnQZ5iL3 pic.twitter.com/3Dodj7OTfT
— Kirill Bakanov (@WeatherSarov1) November 29, 2020
11. And back to the pretty stuff.
I guess these make the snow more bearable.
Frost flowers field in Sarov, December 13. pic.twitter.com/ucmtR7jVI7
— Kirill Bakanov (@WeatherSarov1) December 14, 2020
Well, that was weird…
How about you?
What’s the strangest weather that you’ve ever seen?
Tell us all about it in the comments and share some photos if you have them!