To Cut Snowplow Bill, Moscow Monkeys With Weather

If we make snow fall elsewhere, mayor reasons, there will be less snow
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2009 11:32 AM CDT
Kremlin honor guards march alongside the Kremlin wall, covered with snow, in downtown Moscow.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Moscow's neighbors are steaming over a cost-cutting proposal by the mayor to make less snow fall in the city—which would mean more precipitation in the surrounding region. Liquid nitrogen, cement particles, and other substances kill clouds in the summer, and Yury Luzhkov wants to control the weather year-round, reports the Moscow Times. “What if we force this snow to fall beyond Moscow?” he asks  “We will have less snow.” Some are wary. “The question is: is it safe?” an official asks.