The homeless are freezing to death, schools are closing, air traffic is paralyzed, flights cancelled, temperatures plummeting to -20°C, winds up to 60 km/hr making windchill feel like -40°C, autobahns and motorways are blocked by drifting snow, motorists stranded, trains are disrupted – that’s the ugly winter reality today in Germany. We’ve been seeing similar headlines in the UK and throughout all of Scandinavia. Global warming has met its Stalingrad.
Meanwhile, the Climate Generals are sipping champagne and eating caviar in sunny Cancun, see here.
Stern magazine reports here “Deep Freeze Weather To Remain Until March”:
And its going to continue: Today most of Germany will get 20 cm of new snow on top of what there is now. Also in the days ahead it’s going to remain cold.”
H/t: NoTricksZone reader Bernd Felsche
Right now with the bitter cold bearing down on Europe, the German media are scrambling like piglets on an ice rink. Indeed the news of global warming coming out of Cancun are coming across as a bizarre joke. Everywhere in the media we hear something like: “Duh duh duh…it’s…er, man-made climate change induced weather extremes, or something! We can’t explain it! But hold on – wait – it’s now in our models! Yup, there it is! Just the latest sign of global warming.”
Stern Magazine: “Cold of the century”
Stern asks the German Weather Service (DWD): How long is this warming cold going to last?
For the DWD it’s sure: ‘It’s going to remain cold.’ Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday daytime highs will hover around -10″C. Temperatures at night could plummet to -25 °C. Germany will be colder than Scandinavia, Canada and Siberia. ‘We are expecting winds of up to 60 km/hr on Wednesday and Thursday. That means the windchill will be minus 30 to minus 40°C,’ says meteorologist Dominik Jung of Wetterdienst wetter.net in Wiesbaden. ‘Whoever does not dress properly, risks freezing to death.'”
Well, I don’t know about Siberia. But man it’s cold out there with that wind. Reminds me of winters in Vermont. Stern magazine warns:
Anyone hoping for just for a couple of cold winter days is out in left field. Jung says these frosty days are only a taste of what’s coming. ‘It’ll be especially cold,’ says Jung, ‘in the Northeast temperatures will fall below levels we saw last year.'”
So much for the rare but exciting snowy winters Jones told us about awhile back. Meteorologist Jung’s projection for the rest if the winter remains icy. “It will be similar to last year’s cold winter. Don’t expect temperatures to warm up much until late March.”
Read more here in English: http://www.thelocal.de/national/20101201-31511.html