Talking about the weather is supposed to be one of the favourite pastimes of my fellow countrymen. I should add, however, that I find meteorology extremely interesting and I love poring over meteorological records, which, I suppose, is rather similar to perusing arcane cricket test match statistics or collections of data concerning steam railway locomotives, their numbers and where and when they were observed working. Yes, I confess, I was a trainspotter . Anyway, of late I have noticed on a couple of occasions in another site concerned with Russian matters how some US citizens stated that Moscow is no colder than New York in winter. I begged to differ, albeit that I have never visited New York at any time of year: I just let the available weather data speak for themselves. Nevertheless, my US interlocutors still persisted with their claim that New York and Moscow winter temperatures are similar, the relevant data notwithstanding; that it felt no colder in winter in Moscow than it does at the same time of the year in New York. Here's one statistic about Moscow winters that I can vouch for: during the past 20 years that I have been resident in Moscow, I have experienced minus 30C (minus 22F) twice - in December 1997 and in February 2006. In fact, those bitterly cold December temperatures that lasted for one week 16 years ago reached a low one night of minus 33C. To settle this issue, hopefully once and for all, I intend to record maximum and minimum temperatures in Moscow and New York and post up the resultant data next spring. There are still 2 months left before winter officially starts here, but to kick off, I have enclosed the picture below: The above picture was taken last Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at Yuzhnaya-Zapadnaya metro station, Moscow, where it was reported that snow began to fall at 15:07 and lasted for about 7 minutes. The temperature now in central Moscow at 17:28, 29th September 2013, is plus 5C (41F) and a night time temperature of minus 1C (30.2F) is forecast.