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Moscow Mayor Cancels Snow


In a move that brings to mind the all-powerful Greek weather god Zeus, Moscow’s mayor Yir Luzhkov has announced plans to eliminate the city’s snowfall this winter. Luzhkov intends to use the Russian Airforce to spray liquid nitrogen and cement particles into the clouds, forcing the snow to fall before it reaches the city. His idea, which is estimated to cost about $6 million, is expected to increase rainfall in rural areas, benefiting crops, while saving Moscow the expense (approx. $12 million each year) of cleaning snow from its streets. No word yet on how Russian schoolchildren feel about the impending lack of snow days. [TIME]

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