Online news weekly FOCUS reports on the overnight damage from Germany’s record March cold with the headline this morning:
100-year event in March –
Greenland icy air smashes cold records in the East
Cold records were set during the night at many locations in the eastern part of Germany. “The windchill pushed felt-temperatures down to – 30°C.”
Readings of -13°C to – 16°C were recorded at a number of locations at elevations above 1000m. “For the last 10 days of March, this has not happened in decades. Such masses of cold air do not reach Germany even in the dead of winter in some years,” FOCUS writes.
Because some stations in Germany have been keeping weather records for as long as 300 years, e.g. Dresden, Braunschweig and Potsdam, “scientists consider it appropriate to call it an event of the century,” FOCUS reports.
The bitter cold is exacerbated by strong, gusty winds blowing from Russia. With the wind, “temperatures felt like -23°C in parts of of the East on Sunday morning. On the Brocken in Harz the windchill was -33°C.”
Wetterkontur.de provides a list of some of the overnight lows recorded early this morning.
FOCUS quotes Eva Willa of the German Weather Service (DWD) in Potsdam this morning:
For the end of March, Brandenburg has never been so cold since the beginning of temperature measurements.”
“Coldest March in 100 years”
Online Bild newspaper this morning interviewed five experts: Thomas Marschall, Dominik Jung, Dr. Henning Baberg, Lars Lachmann und Thomas Endrula.
Endrula: “We are now experiencing the coldest March in 100 years.”
Not only has the winter been cold and dark, but it has also been a long one. Jung: “It was very long, the first snow arrived at places already at the end of October.”
More here (in English): www.thelocal.de.html
More here (in German): www.merkur-online.de/jill.