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Old 12-13-2012, 10:36 AM   #1
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And we think our winters are severe

I know that I (and others) are guilty of complaining about how bad the winters are where we live, and how often we have to go out to shovel the snow off of our driveways or off of the roofs of our fibreglass RV's to keep them from collapsing under the snow load. Well, there is always someone who lives under more severe conditions than ourselves. Just imagine coping with snowfalls like those on this link.

Winter in russia

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Old 12-13-2012, 11:45 AM   #2
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:59 AM   #3
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Wow, talk about a snow load on the roof. That is amazing.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:25 PM   #4
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Iam sure that is why Russians were shipped off to Siberia.
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:04 PM   #5
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:00 PM   #6
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One good thing about snow and cold is that they give us a reason (or excuse?) to head for the sunny south.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:44 PM   #7
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One good thing about snow and cold is that they give us a reason (or excuse?) to head for the sunny south.
Right, for us Michiganians, that would be Toledo.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:50 PM   #8
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It is interesting to see how some photographs get around. While some of them may well be from Russia, the last two have been used to describe photos of my home town during a 2007 snow storm. One of the area towns got 11'-4" of snow. I have some photos of the Oswego area here.

According to Snopes the last two images are 1977 photos of Labrador, Canada.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:05 PM   #9
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I thought the last 2 were used else where. The big shovel has the name "Deere" on the side.

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Right, for us Michiganians, that would be Toledo.

My wife is from Michigan. It gets cold here for a couple of days each year and she tells me she wants to move South. True.
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I believe the last 3 pictures are the Trans Labrador Highway, in Labrador known as the Freedom Road. Until this road was opened there was no way to drive out of Labrador for 7-8 months. One gas station owner told me that before the completion of the road that he had to stock 8 months of gas to be sure he had enough for the 'winter season'.

In the 'summer season' the Strait of Belle Island ferry between Newfoundland and and Labrador is the primary supply route. This ferry is usually open 4-5 months, freezing after the summer months.

During the summer months many of the people living on the southern coast of Labrador will monthly drive to Cornerbrook, a 270 mile one way drive plus a ferry ride. (Cornerbrook is for Newfoundland a large city with a Walmarts and other major stores.)

As you drive about it is apparant that the people of Labrador are comparatively self sufficent, with many people growing substantial quantities of root crops for their personal use in literally road side gardens.

We stayed at one B&B where the owner grew their own root crops, baked bread and put up local preserves not to mention the occasional moose, caribou or cod.

One of the road side gardens we stopped at produced twenty 50 pound sacks of potatoes a year plus other root crops.

We love this special place though we have never experienced these winter scenes On our last trip to Labrador one June there were still roadside snow banks taller than me and one Provincial park had 10 feet of snow in the camping loop with well built bathroom facilities that had their roofs crushed by the winter snowfall.

Newfoundland as well can have an occasional 'burying snow' where homes are completely burried in snow in a day.

If you get there in the spring and there is no snow except for the highlands, one can always see the frozen snow of generations in the wondrous Icebergs that populate the waters of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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Norm, it sounds beautifal, but I really couldn't imagine getting snowed in like that...especially as we get older. I have a friend who had land up in northern Maine, and his neighbor was an older fellow and he just packed his pantries full of food and a big propane bottle or 2 (and probably a ton of beer lol) to ride out the winters....

I can understand why people wanna become snowbirds when they retire lol

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Deryk,

Though I am snow and cold adverse, I love extremes and would willling like 'a' Labrador winter. The locals say winter's beautiful though I'd proably have to get a divorice to do it and that's not happening.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:59 AM   #14
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I was emailed this slideshow several years ago from a friend and cannot confirm with any certainty where the photos were taken.

There is definitely more than one place around the world that can have similar snowfall conditions to those shown in the slideshow. I remember a photo in one of my moms photo albums when I was a small kid in Saskatchewan. Picture was probably from the 1940's or 1950's and showed a crew clearing snow off the railroad tracks in Saskatchewan with drifts higher than the top of the box cars.

Given the unusual license plates on the cars in the slide show, the types of vehicles, and the building architecture, I would not be surprised if majority of the photos were from Russia. Some of them maybe not. Looks like it may be a John Deer excavator (but maybe not, cannot read it clearly). Don't know how prevalent John Deere excavators are in Russia. It is quite possible that photo is from elsewhere.

Wherever the photos originate from, there sure is a lot of snow.

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