Oh the irony!
Potsdam is the home of the alarmist Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, headed by Professor Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber and Stefan Rahmstorf, who has been very busy lately trying to convince the rest of the world that the cold is due to the warming, at least that’s what his models are saying (now).
Snowiest December ever
Potsdam is now well on its way to recording its snowiest December since records began in 1893. The Meteorological Station Potsdam Telegrafenberg has been recording a wide variety of weather parameters since 1893, and looking at the records, no December compares to the one they are having now.
As Rahmstorf and Schellnhuber watch crews remove snow every day at the PIK, they really must be cursing all the white stuff that was never supposed to happen.
Some December data at the PIK – records smashed
On December 21 the station had a snow cover of 33 cm, a December record, smashing the old record of 23 cm set 97 years ago in 1913.
This December will have had snow cover 30 of 31 days (No thaw is in sight) – the 2nd most, just behind 1969 (see Figure below), which saw 31 days of snow on the ground. Currently there is 23 cm of snow cover, which was the old record.
The average so far for this December has been about 16 cm of snow cover. With the current forecast, that too will not change. If anything it may increase. That will make it an all-time record.
It’s been one of the coldest Decembers in Potsdam since records started. Temperatures for this December in Potsdam have averaged near -4°C so far.
The snow has not only been frequent in Potsdam, but all over Germany. Many cities are poised to set new records for most days with snow cover on the ground. Read here.