Europe Battered By “Worst Cold In 25 Years” – 139 Dead…No Relief In Sight

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UPDATE Feb. 3, 20.00h: Killer cold wave death toll now up to 220!
101 in Ukraine — 24 in Romania  — 17 in Czech Republic — 11 in Slovakia — 64 in Russia – no end in sight! — Read here (German)

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Germany’s no. 1 daily Bild (by circulation numbers) reports on the Killer Cold now paralyzing Europe and Asia, and calls it the worst in 25 years. The cold has hit Eastern Europe especially hard, with temperatures plummeting to -30°C throughout the Ukraine and Poland. So far the cold has claimed 139 lives, with 3 in Germany.

Europe's temperatures are forecast to remain 10°C or colder below normal - worst cold in 25 years.

Source: http://wxmaps.org/pix/temp4.html

Bild reports that in Rome, Italy, school was called off today because of the intense cold and the city expects 15 cm of snow overnight.

In Serbia, over 6 feet of snow have fallen over the last few weeks. In Turkey heavy snows have have blanketed much of the country, with 50cm falling in Istanbul on Wednesday.

At Atatürk-Flughafen in Istanbul 180 flights were cancelled.

According to the BBC: “In Italy, weather experts say it is the coldest week for 27 years.”

In the Urals and Siberia, the temperature fell to -40C while in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, a forecaster told Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency the wind-chill factor meant the real temperature was down to -52C, even though the air temperature was -35C.”

Gas and electricitry supply have collapsed in some areas, leaving many to shiver.

-39°C in Finland

Bild reported Thursday that a new cold record had been set in Finland: minus 39°C was recorded in Northern Finland.

In Eastern Germany, temperatures are forecast to plummet to minus 20°C in the days ahead. According to Helmut Malewski of the German Weather Service: “No warm-up is in sight for the coming 8 days.”

 

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20 responses to “Europe Battered By “Worst Cold In 25 Years” – 139 Dead…No Relief In Sight”

  1. Mindert Eiting

    ‘Dörfer versinken im Schnee, sind von der Außenwelt abgeschnitten’. Again that rare phenomenon, children would only know from our stories.

  2. Carl

    Al Gore is still in Antarctica so how come this Al Gore Effect?

    Kidding aside, we had this problem last year also. It seems everybody forgets what cold really is like.

  3. matti

    IPCC 2007 report AR4 WG1 Chp. 11 pp 872
    “Assessments of projected climate change for Europe:
    Annual mean temperatures in Europe are likely to
    increase more than the global mean. The warming in
    northern Europe is likely to be largest in winter and
    that in the Mediterranean area largest in summer. The
    lowest winter temperatures are likely to increase more
    than average winter temperature in northern Europe, and
    the highest summer temperatures are likely to increase
    more than average summer temperature in southern and
    central Europe.”

    Need we say anything more ? Now we have another false claim that gobal warming causes colder winters .All the world can see how little they know about global climate

  4. matti

    This is what IPPC said about snow in Europe

    “The duration of the snow season is very likely to
    shorten in all of Europe, and snow depth is likely to
    decrease in at least most of Europe.”
    And
    “Local thermodynamic factors also affect the European
    climate and are potentially important for its future changes. In
    those parts of Europe that are presently snow-covered in winter,
    a decrease in snow cover is likely to induce a positive feedback,
    further amplifying the warming.”

  5. Ulrich Elkmann
    1. DirkH

      NICE link! Thanks!

    2. Richard Lewis

      Appreciate the links, as I am quite interested in Germany’s energy “equation” since the shut-down of the nuclear plants. The increasing dependency on “renewables” seems to be very risky. My German language skills are minimal: perhaps you could provide a brief description in English of the geographic coverage, etc. of the plots.

      Here in the U.S., Texas (my home state) leads in wind generation, so I follow the statistics. Here, for example, is a link to the lastest hourly report:

      http://www.ercot.com/content/cdr/html/real_time_system_conditions.html

      Other historical data are available on the ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) website.

      1. DirkH

        DE means Deutschland = Germany; AT Austria.
        DE/AT both combined.
        The areas served by the operators can be seen on the map here:
        http://blog.lukas-emele.de/tag/amprion/
        50 Hertz has the biggest problems – a whole lotta wind power in East Germany, huge fluctuations, and more production than demand; as they never regained heavy industry after the collapse in the 90ies. Big dificulties getting rid of the excess wind power; only a few interconnectors to the West.

  6. DirkH

    Forests in Berlin area damaged by Climate Change.
    http://www.feelgreen.de/waldzustandsbericht-dem-deutschen-wald-geht-es-schlechter/id_53706854/index
    (How come you say, when it didn’t warm in 15 years? Dunno. Just because. What else could it be? And why only Berlin? Well… dunno.)

    1. Mindert Eiting

      Acid rain of course.

      1. DirkH

        They don’t mention Acid Rain in the article; and it would be silly. There were a lot of SO2 emissions from East German lignite power plants, but the plants all got flue gas scrubbers in the 90ies.

        Forests, BTW, produce aerosols and acids themselves:
        http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/01/11/new-study-confirms-that-nature-is-responsible-for-90-of-the-earths-atmospheric-acidity/#comment-861445
        http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/01/11/new-study-confirms-that-nature-is-responsible-for-90-of-the-earths-atmospheric-acidity/#comment-862426

  7. Hundreds die as cold wave in Europe provides a taste of what a little ice age could do « The k2p blog

    […] NoTricksZone reports: Germany’s no. 1 daily Bild (by circulation numbers) reports on the Killer Cold now paralyzing Europe and Asia, and calls it the worst in 25 years. The cold has hit Eastern Europe especially hard, with temperatures plummeting to -30°C throughout the Ukraine and Poland. So far the cold has claimed 139 lives, with 3 in Germany. Source: http://wxmaps.org/pix/temp4.html Bild reports that in Rome, Italy, school was called off today because of the intense cold and the city expects 15 cm of snow overnight. In Serbia, over 6 feet of snow have fallen over the last few weeks. In Turkey heavy snows have have blanketed much of the country, with 50cm falling in Istanbul on Wednesday. At Atatürk-Flughafen in Istanbul 180 flights were cancelled. […]

  8. Ulrich Elkmann

    Some lost soul in the Berlin office of the [takes deep breath:] Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (German: Bundesministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz – BMELV) (“Its headquarters are located in Bonn with a second major office in Berlin”) still has this on his official to-do-list. Le waldsterben was the major German scare ca.1982-87 (even Helmut Kohl was devastated – “tief betroffen”) and then was never heard from again; Michael Miersch documented the whole sad/silly story last year for Arte; he actually managed to dig up one belated report from Der Stern from 1994, by which time The Cause was already buried.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO7aqEF3V04
    25 years is the usual time between the recyling of such stories: time enough for the public to forget about the last silly season; wonderful patent cures and crashed flying saucer tales show the same time frame.

    1. DirkH

      Wow – I never noticed how much hyperbole I missed. Probably I wasn’t much of a TV watcher even back then. And I mistrusted the Hippies anyhow since school days in the 70ies. These people at the demos all became our warmists…

  9. thebiggreenlie

    C’mon Al……… your in Eastern Europe aren’t you?

    1. Ulrich Elkmann

      He doesn’t need to be. It’s the next stage in the spiritual evolution of any religion (at least with those of a missionary telos): the miraculous powers of the Founding Father (these are all patriarchies) can be transferred to the most zealous disciples – in the sense that stigmata are viewed (by some) as a sign of spiritual closeness to Christ (actually, to the Passion); the transmission is always partial, and muted; but the parallels later form a crucial part of that lesser saint’s biographical legitimation. It’s also crucial that Miracles are, by their nature, unexpected and contrary to the laws of nature as perceived by lesser mortals, but the Properly Instructed can see the workings of Providence in them: hence the way the Gore Effect works.

  10. Nonoy Oplas

    Here in the Philippines, we have cloudy and sometimes dark sky almost everyday, with a heavy downpour just a few days ago. The warming trick says “the wet will become wetter, the dry will become drier.” Our wet season here is June to October, dry season is November to May. So far, Nov to Jan was generally wet. “Dry to become drier” is a voodoo forecast that the warmers do not correct yet.

  11. Piers Corbyn (@Piers_Corbyn)

    Very well put!
    See also our WeatherAction pdf demnostrating the Solar-Lunar driver of weather and climate – complete with
    – Coronal hole we predicted to the day for ~1Feb, and
    – WeatherAction Euro map extract showing the very cold blast we predicted for SE Europe 26-27 Jan from four weeks ahead.

    http://www.weatheraction.com/docs/WANews12No6.pdf%5D

    Another stark contrast between models and reality is shown in a recent twitpic from Joe Bastardi which compares what computer models said 2 weeks ahead for Europe with what happened (=the opposite):

    Met model Europe 2wk ago(Left)=mild and Now(Right) for Feb http://pic.twitter.com/jeShEEl0

    Piers Corbyn WeatherAction.com

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