Russians have an old expression — you can't argue with the weather.
Still, some may have found it jarring to hear a forecast promising clear skies and warm temperatures in October — in Syria.
A sign of changing times.
"Russian aerospace forces are continuing their operation in Syria. Experts say the timing was very well chosen in terms of weather," assured the weather woman on Russia's state television.
A smattering of rain and then "ideal military flight" conditions for the rest of the month.