Daily scoring for 24 hours ending 09z on 29th November. Again Russia takes all the points, with all these locations in the Arkhangel'sk or neighbouring Vologda province. Shenkursk and Vel'sk are new entries. Temperatures across to the NE of European Russia continue to fall steadily this afternoon.
is the largest city in Vologda Oblast, Russia, located on the bank of the Rybinsk Reservoir of the Sheksna River, a tributary of the Volga River. Population: 311,869. Located in the cross-roads of major Volga-Baltic waterway, West-East railroads, and gas pipelines, and between two Russian federal cities—Moscow and St. Petersburg, Cherepovets is home to natural resource-consuming industries including Severstal, one of the largest iron-and-steel plants in Russia, as well as some other large factories.
Although the original settlement was founded in 1362 and gained town status in 1777 by order of Catherine the Great, there were still only 3 000 inhabitants by 1863. The city began growing especially rapidly with the construction of the Metallurgical Works in the late 1930s. The first works' blast furnace was put into operation in 1955. Unfortunately, because of these industries, Cherepovets is one of the most heavily-polluted cities in the world.
Cherepovets is not only an industrial city; it is also a centre of culture, education and sport. Professional associations of local writers, poets, actors, painters, composers, journalists function there. Cherepovets has a lot of educational infrastructures: a state university (the Cherepovets State University), a branch of Saint Petersburg Polytechnical University (Institute for Management and Information Technology), a lot of branches of Moscow high schools, technical and vocational schools etc. The Cherepovets State University is the most prominent among the other educational institutions in the city.
Cherepovets is famous for its sport achievements. The joint stock company "Severstal" regularly holds competitions in the twelve sports. The Cherepovets sportsmen annually take part in the International and All-Russian competitions. The hockey club "Severstal" is one of the leading hockey clubs in Russia. The basketball team "Severstal" as well as the chess players' team is included into the Russia Major League. Severstal Cherepovets is an ice hockey team based in Cherepovets, playing in the Kontinental Hockey League.