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The great snow storm

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We're in the 17th year of life of Kaliningrad. Population surpassed the 12k units and the town is always on growth.

It seems like this winter will be particularly long but not colder than the others. This means that it will snow not only for the whole winter as usual (or for the most of the winter) but also in other months. We maybe have a precipitation of temperatures during january.


Population is worried enough, snow brings a lot of expenses like heating and spreaders. As the first snowflake hits the ground, mayor begins use of salt spreaders.


Population really fears more than ever for a possible shortage of resources, but until the railway will exist the town can't run a risk of shortage.

Of course air transports are interrupted during the snowy and windy days and no one wants to travel by car from/to Khabarovsk when there's almost a storm.


As you can see mother nature doesn't joke in Russia. Weird, we're not in a war but on the most of the country it will be snowing.

Kaliningrad center is not paralized yet because it just started snowing after half year of timid frost.


Anyway life goes on also if it snows, another example is the Kaliningrad industrial zone.


And the other manufacturing area present between Norsk and Kaliningrad.


Vital is the production of electricity for lighting but also heating for a smaller part. Heating is not a problem since every house has at least 2-3 methane cylinders if town production stops. Next january will be a very cold month, and snowing may stops for some weeks and then return.


Norsk situation is more complicated, because the detached zone has only one road connection to Kaliningrad, and this must remain always viable. A shot of Norsk center in the picture.


The airport wont receive any flights for a while, but if the weather will calm, planes could return flying, also if it will snow with a certain frequency.


We don't know what this winter will bring to us, but we are sure of one thing, we will take wonderful photos.


A view of the surrounding zone, taken from nearby mountains.

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I love that pic of the snow against the coal power plant!

I actually like all of those pics with the snow; good photo editing! 

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Thanks both of you. I love the coal power plant pic me too. ROFLyoshi, it is not Photoshop, wish it was but it is Gimp 2.6 .
Used special brushes.
I wanted to make something nighty and also different, not only growth, but also some town stories.

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