Europe’s winter refuses to let up as large areas saw a white Easter accompanied by record lows and snowfall amounts. Media outlets are warning that this year could the year without a spring. Germany’s number 1 daily by circulation Bild writes here that the cold weather may be around even until Pentecost (mid-May)!
The German Weather Service (DWD) reports that March, 2013 was the 6th coldest in 132 years of measurements. The forecast for Germany calls for the cold weather to persist through the rest of the week. Nighttime temperatures will plummet to -10°C.
Some people think that the chances for a hot, sunny summer are higher after going through a long, cold winter. But meteorologist Karsten Brandt says this is not so. Bild writes:
Brandt is skeptical: ‘I can imagine brief, hot phases, but in many years when the winters were cold, the summers were also not better.’“
If that’s the case this year, then Germany could wind up putting 2013 in the books as one of the coolest on record.
The situation is a disaster in Eastern Europe: “At least 100,000 people in Poland without power due to heavy snows…up to 30 centimeters of new snow. … Also in the Czech Republic and Slovakia up to 40 centimeters of new snow fell in 24 hours. … In Moscow a new snow record was set for the date…65 centimeters on the ground.”
German Weather Service: “Global warming is increasing”
Bild then asks ideologically warmist German Weather Service (DWD) meteorologist Christoph Hartmann if the cold winters mean global warming has stopped.
Bild: And what’s with global warming? Snow and frost in April. Is it now an ice age instead of global warming?”
Hartmann: No, it remains warming; global warming is increasing. One cold winter does not refute it. What happens in Germany or Europe has no significance for world climate.
Bild: Apparently climate warming is taking a break in Germany.
Hartmann: Between 1985 and 1995 the temperature rose continuously. But since then not much has happened. However, worldwide new high temperature values are measured every year.
Very sloppy terminology by Hartmann and poor reporting by Bild aside, we have to ask what impression the reader ends up getting here. “Global warming is increasing,” says Hartman. Warming means increasing temperature, and so increasing increasing temperature means accelerating temperature. Have the meteorologist at the DWD looked at any global data lately, say the last 15 years?
Where’s the accelerating temperature? (Source woodfortrees.org).
Not only does Hartmann use sloppy terminology, but his facts are completely wrong. Where are the “new high temperature values measured” every year? The trend is actually downwards over the last 10 years. Quality at the DWD has deteriorated to comic levels.