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Not just August, but the rainiest of ANY month on record
As of August 25th Moscow had already set the record for the rainiest month in the city’s history of meteorological observations.
According to the Moscow Meteo-Bureau, the city had received about 170 mm (6.69 inches) of rainfall the first 25 days of the month.
“The previous monthly record was set in August 1973 when 163 mm of rainfall was recorded”, a bureau spokesman said.
That’s 2,112 miles. That’s more than the distance from Moscow to Rome.
Moscow received 20 cm (8 inches) of snow overnight, which, according to the Russian Hydrometeorological Center, is the heaviest snowfall for this particular day since 1966.
The blizzard dumped more than half of the average monthly snowfall on the Russian capital from late Tuesday to early Wednesday.
Moscow was gripped by the worst gridlock ever seen as unexpectedly severe snowfall hit the Russian capital on Christmas day, literally paralyzing the city. Police registered up to 500 road accidents an hour and 200 flights were delayed.
The longest traffic jam stretched 60 kilometers, or over 37 miles, Russia’s online road traffic monitoring service Yandex Probki (Yandex traffic jam), reported.
Yandex rates jams from 0 to 10 points.
“Guys, remember this historic day. It is the first time when 10 point was reached so early and for so long. It has been like that for 7 hours already. More is to come,” Yandex spokeswoman Elina Staviskaya posted on Facebook.