The midst of a Siberian winter which is exacerbated by the strong northerly Tramontana winds, is making life extremely unpleasant. The winds are blowing most days now and drying the land even more, if that is possible.
Although snow caps the mountain tops, as little as 10% will be converted to water. Even then that water is likely to be absorbed long before it reaches the rivers.
At night temperatures are often -6 degrees C. but last night the forecast of -9 was beaten, I recorded -12 degrees C.
We are experiencing the coldest winter on record here, the hot water bottle is working overtime.
Houses without insulation and heating get colder day by day, stories of ex-pats going home to escape the winter in this 'mild climate' were common place.