Over the last few days, Central Europe has been enjoying springlike sunshine with double-digit Celsius temperatures. Some readings rose to near 15°C (59°F). However, this will end brutally by the end of the week. At Twitter, meteorologist Dominik Jung of wetter.net posted the chart of what’s ahead, for example, for the central German city of Hannover:
Chart source: Dominik Jung at Twitter
Note how temperatures will plummet to under -10°C by next week. Meteorologist Dr. Karsten Brandt says the coming March temperature plummet will be the worst since 1987. He writes:
Snow may accumulate even in the flatlands. Temperatures down to -15°C will arrive during the course of next week. It will be a cold blast of the sort we last saw in 1987.”
German online Bild here presents a video of the coming cold. Yet another freeze-thaw cycle – and I thought the streets were already a mess!
Germany’s and Austria’s 2012/13 DJF winter summary:
Meanwhile, the German Weather Service, Deutsche Wetterdienst, (DWD) issued its summary report for the 2012/13 DJF meteorological winter for Germany, which pretty much represents Central Europe.
This winter has been characterized by its darker, colder and snowier conditions. It was the most sunless German winter since measurements began in 1951. On average tthe sun appeared for only 96 hours over the three-month period, which is only 62% of the mean of 154 hours.
As a whole, the 2012/13 winter for Germany was 0.6°C colder than the 1981-2010 average. That’s the 5th time in a row that winter has been colder than normal.
Germany as a whole was had above average precipitation. On average 210 l/m² of precipitation fell in the winter of 2012/13 – the long-term average is 181 l/m². On 21 January almost all of Germany was covered by snow.
Record snowfall in Austria
Austria’s ZAMG Weather Service writes that the DJF winter was characterised by having the lowest amount of sunshine since 1904. Sunshine was 37% below normal.
The mean temperature for the 3-month period over Austria was 0.1°C colder than the long-term 1981-2010 average.
Precipitation across Austria was well above normal, with new snowfall records being set in some regions. Austria’s 2012/13 winter saw 35% more precipitation than the 1981-2010 mean. The ZAMG writes that Reichenau an der Rax saw 330 mm of precipitation over the three-month period, the most since records began in 1865. In Bregenz 263 cm of new snow fell over the period – 4 times the average. On February 9 Bregenz set a new record for snow amount since measurements began in 1936.
Eisenstadt saw three times more snow than average and Vienna saw two times more snowfall than the 30-year long-term mean. Snowfall records were set at a number of other locations.
In both the German and Austrian summaries, there’s no mention of “climate change”, which otherwise almost always appears in reports when warmer than normal temperatures are the case.