As a whole, Europe has enjoyed a relatively very mild winter this year, as one Atlantic low after another have regularly pumped mild Atlantic air over much of the continent. But that pattern was interrupted by a blast of cold air from the East about 10 days ago. The results have been deadly.
13 die of cold in Romania
First, Spiegel here reports that 13 people have died of cold in Romania over the last week as temperatures there have dipped to -18°C. In Austria 2 people were killed in an avalanche after heavy snowfalls.
Poland hard hit
www.wetter.com site here reports that 26 people have recently been killed by the bitter cold in Poland. Since November 1, at least 52 people have died of cold in Poland. In Germany the bitter cold claimed the life of a 57-year old Saxony Anhalt man who died of hypothermia as temperatures dipped to -16°C.
Almost 60 dead in the Baltic countries
The bitter cold has also taken a severe toll in the Baltic countries. The online German language Das Baltikum-Blatt here reports that at least 58 people have died due to cold so far this winter with temperatures recently dropping to -20°C.
In Bulgaria at least 4 people have died of the cold over the last few days, so reports the online SOTT site here.
Anomaly storm and unusual cold in USA
Düsseldorf’s online RP here reports that a winter “anomaly storm” and unusual cold are now gripping the USA (a spell cast by black carbon witchcraft, no doubt).
The RP calls the current US cold snap “historic”.