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Old January 27th, 2014, 11:26 PM   #7321
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Old January 28th, 2014, 02:35 PM   #7322
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Old January 28th, 2014, 11:33 PM   #7323
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A1 Motorway between Bucharest and Pitești, 3 days ago:


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Old January 30th, 2014, 08:27 PM   #7324
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Old January 30th, 2014, 08:45 PM   #7325
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While it looks excessive, it's really only about 20 - 30 cm, the rest is shoveled snow.
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Old January 30th, 2014, 08:50 PM   #7326
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39 cm to be more exact.

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Old January 30th, 2014, 08:57 PM   #7327
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Snow usually compacts pretty quickly.
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Old January 30th, 2014, 10:40 PM   #7328
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but why does it snow so much in Romania? in my home country kosovo we dont have any snow here.. and its not far away from romania either..strange..
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Old January 30th, 2014, 10:51 PM   #7329
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One word: Crivăț


Actually, three more words: temperate-continental climate
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Old January 30th, 2014, 11:02 PM   #7330
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Actually, three more works:
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Old January 30th, 2014, 11:30 PM   #7331
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Old January 30th, 2014, 11:35 PM   #7332
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IMO, it's because of Bucharest being in an open plain where the wind blows the snow around and the it eventually piles up in the city where it meets an obstacle. The annual quantity of rainfalls in Bulgaria generally decreases from west to east and is lowest in northeastern Bulgaria. I guess the same can be said about Romanian Lower Danubian plain. Unsurprisingly, the situation in northeastern Bulgaria now is quite similar to the situation that can be seen in the pictures above.
Comparing Moesia with Kosovo, I would guess that the latter has greater average annual quantity of rainfall but the hilly terrain prevents winds from creating snowdrifts.

I have a question. Are snowfences used in Romania and, if yes, do you have concerned citizens that are eager to recycle them or convert them into energy benefits?

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Old January 31st, 2014, 07:54 AM   #7333
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IMO, it's because of Bucharest being in an open plain where the wind blows the snow around and the it eventually piles up in the city where it meets an obstacle. The annual quantity of rainfalls in Bulgaria generally decreases from west to east and is lowest in northeastern Bulgaria. I guess the same can be said about Romanian Lower Danubian plain. Unsurprisingly, the situation in northeastern Bulgaria now is quite similar to the situation that can be seen in the pictures above.
Comparing Moesia with Kosovo, I would guess that the latter has greater average annual quantity of rainfall but the hilly terrain prevents winds from creating snowdrifts.
It's indeed the fact that Bucharest is in the middle of a large plain, and snow piles up due to strong winds, but it's also the fact that we had this year 2x long blizzard periods (of 48 h and 24 h respectivelly, only one week from each other). This caused one of the biggest fall of snow in quite a few years - and the first red code for snow fall so far.

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I have a question. Are snowfences used in Romania and, if yes, do you have concerned citizens that are eager to recycle them or convert them into energy benefits?
II know there are snow fences for national roads in SE Romania, where the winds are very powerful in the winter, and I was asking myself too why don't they use them for motorways as well?!
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Old January 31st, 2014, 10:07 AM   #7334
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Municipal services have to export the snow outside the city.
In Poland in January 2006 was more than 50cm of snow in the cities and only the removal of snow outside the city allowed for the operation of the transport.
Road-salt did not help because the temperature was around -15 / -20 degrees Celsius
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Old January 31st, 2014, 11:19 AM   #7335
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Snow is rarely, if ever, removed from the streets and taken out of the city. It is normally just plowed out of the way to the sides, where it engulfs parked cars, bus stops and pedestrian crossings, that have to be cleared by someone else's initiative. Then the snow just stays there until it melts. Snowfall is very poorly managed in this city .
This year, it seems that most car owners just gave up on trying to dig out their cars, so now we have hundreds of parked cars trapped on what used to be the first lane on most boulevards. In my neighbourhood, buses have to stop on the second lane of roads, blocking all traffic behind them untill they leave (which takes a long time, because of poor frequencies). Luckilly, traffic is a lot lighter, so driving around the city is decent, unless any precipitation starts.

When i mentioned the Crivăț, I meant the local fast wind that tears through the southern plains each winter, coming from Moldova towards Oltenia. This stupid wind is pretty strong and usually brings cold air with it from the russian plains. This makes any snowfall, no matter how light, a lot harder to manage, because it blows the snow continuously across the landscape, building up large piles of snow in some areas, so clearing the road is impossible until precipitation stops.

As for snowfences, AFAIK in the last few years, we practically had NO defences, because most of the screens were stolen, and many trees alongisde roads had been cleared already by the CNADNR, having been deemed too dangerous. In 2012 we had ~40 national roads blocked for days (some in Moldova for almost 2 weeks), and whole comunities isolated because of this situation. This year I know authorities worked to install some snowscreens alongside important roads, also some shrubs (I dunno if the term energetic willow sounds right in English...). So, in theory we are better prepared this year, as long as those defences aren't stolen, yet again
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Old January 31st, 2014, 11:46 PM   #7336
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I wasn't aware inland Romania is so snowy. There hasn't been any snow whatsoever this year in Basel (unusual).
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Old February 1st, 2014, 12:30 AM   #7337
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I wasn't aware inland Romania is so snowy. There hasn't been any snow whatsoever this year in Basel (unusual).
The Atlantic ocean is the main source of moisture.
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Old February 1st, 2014, 01:15 AM   #7338
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I live in Canada so unlike the Dutchman I can still laugh

Last year we had 48 cm within about 12-18 hours. Driving on the motorways, left lane was blocked of snow and people had abandoned cars in the snow banks on the shoulder. I couldn't pass with my car on my street as the snow was higher than the bumper. I parked on a recently plowed road nearby and walked to my house, going up my steps I had snow to my waist, and I'm 1,85m tall It's surprisingly hard to walk in that...

Just to get my car back onto my driveway, I had to wait for the plow to come, then I dug and dug with my big shovel, then plow came again, so swore, and went with shovel some more, then finally was able to walk back and get my car... (I arrived home 1430 and finally got car parked at 2230) now I have snow blower machine, with tracks and large engine. I call it my mini-T-72
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Old February 1st, 2014, 02:05 PM   #7339
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Atlantic ocean? Isn't that a bit too far from you? I'd think your weather patterns are more affected by the Black sea and Russian planes to the east of it.
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Old February 1st, 2014, 04:06 PM   #7340
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Romania has almost the same wheater like Germany/Austria/Switzland - with a delay of 2-3 days.
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