Moscow bans snow!
It is that time of year when you start to think about the first fall of snow, well just think of the occupants of Moscow where the mayor has drafted plans to stop the snow falling from within the city limits.
His programme to manage the weather would cost him only a third of the amount spend on snow ploughs and round the clock clearance operations.
Yuri Luzhkov wants snow banished from Moscow in winter to save money and improve the standard of living. He is proposing to use cloud-seeding to encourage snow to fall in the countryside surrounding Moscow, leaving the city's skies clear.
Mr Luzhkov noted that city authorities already used such techniques to break up rain clouds and guarantee good weather on important public holidays, such as the annual May 9 parade celebrating victory in the Second World War.
"Why don't we keep this snow outside the Moscow city limits?" he said.
"For the countryside, this means more moisture and bigger harvests. And for us, less snow”