Surface Frost Strikes Germany As Mid August Temperatures Shatter Old Records!

A blast of polar air swept across central Europe from Wednesday through Thursday, sending temperatures tumbling to record low levels for mid August in parts of Germany.

Camping im Schnee!

Photo: (for illustration only)

Yesterday many locations saw new all-time mid August records set for the lowest “high” recorded, with many places failing to reach 15°C. Meteorologists called the cold for this time of year “unusual”.

Frost at the peak of summer!

German meteorologist Domink Jung wrote here yesterday that a number of German stations recorded surface frost, “and that in the middle of peak summer” and that “it was colder than Christmas day 2015”.

What follows are some early morning recordings measured at 2 meters above ground surface:

Bad Berleburg: 0°C
Carlsfeld: +1°C
Nürnberg: +2°C

Early morning readings a some locations at 5 cm above the ground surface:

Carlsfeld: -1°C
Braunlange: 0°C
Neuhaus am Rennweg: 0°C
Feuchtwangen: +1°C

Mid August has never seen such cold

Also Swiss meteorologist Jörg Kachelmann at his site writes of “new records: At these locations in mid August it has never been as cold as it is today!”

He adds:

The current air mass, where it could not be colder for this time of year, not only brought temperatures like those seen on Christmas day 2015 or 
record low temperatures
– but also today at a number of locations in northwest Germany the previously standing record lowest highs were broken. That means: The highest temperature for a mid August (what meteorologists call the second decade of the month from 11 to 20 August – a ‘decade’ meaning a 10-day period) had never been as low as they are today – since recording began.”

Frozen Hamburg!

For example, yesterday Hamburg saw a high of only 14°C, which was the lowest high since temperature recording began in 1891!

German national daily Die Welt here reports on “record cold for August” accompanied by “frost in central Germany“.

Not only this August has seen unusual cold, but so did last month – as we reported earlier here.

Opposite of what climate models projected!

This summer’s cold, wet weather flies in the face of climate model projections, which in 2003 predicted Central Europeans in the future would have to expect hot, drought-ridden summers. But since 2003, 12 of 14 summers have been normal wet or wetter than normal. See more here.


32 responses to “Surface Frost Strikes Germany As Mid August Temperatures Shatter Old Records!”

  1. David Johnson

    Come on Mr SOD, say it isn’t so.

  2. sod

    “it was colder than Christmas day 2015”.

    this is putting the world upside down.

    Dezember was much too hot (about 6°C) so the problem was dezember, not august.

    look at th new metric of things: the “lowest high” ever!

    It is not enough, to cherrypick location and timeframe. we need to invent entirely new ways of measuring things as well, to make this event special.

    1. Kenneth Richard

      I’m curious, sod.

      Would you prefer Maunder, Dalton Minimum solar activity cold climates (the Little Ice Age) to Modern Grand Maximum solar activity (20th century) warm climates?

      Do you find it a problem that the planet has been greening more, with less desertification? Do you prefer shorter growing seasons and reduced crop growth? Do you prefer more hurricanes, more droughts, more tornadoes, or do you prefer fewer hurricanes, fewer droughts, and fewer tornadoes?

      Do you prefer to continue to rapidly expand wind power even though turbines kill 3 to 5 million bats a year — including 172 bat species already classified as endangered? Do you have a problem with wildlife slaughter, or is that OK with you as long as we might be able to reduce temperature rise with wind by a few hundredths of a degree by 2100?

    2. DirkH

      But sod, you warmunists are very happy to talk about record low winter Polar ice extent when clearly, that should not be talked about ever according to the rules you just made up!

      Also, wasn’t it you who talked endlessly about the last hot summer? Why is the end of hot summers a topic that must not be mentioned?

      Your censorship tendencies hint at you being a journalist in a German newspaper, is that right? Or are you working for Bertelsmann’s Avarto subsidiary which censors Facebook in Germany? If not, you should apply! You would *LOVE* the job! You get to delete stuff!

      1. AndyG55

        “talk about record low winter Polar ice extent ”

        Northabout Polar expedition is still stuck.

        Cannot get through the sea ice in the Laptev Sea. 🙂

        Storm over the next few days that may break it up a bit, or may make it worse.

    3. AndyG55

      “It is not enough, to cherrypick location and timeframe. we need to invent entirely new ways of measuring things as well, to make this event special.”

      You have just described the whole of the AGW farce in a single sentence.

      Well done, sop.

      1. DirkH

        I think he’s starting an entire one-man-movement of New German Ignorance.

    4. nightspore

      With zero and one degree temperatures, the problem isn’t August … I’m sorry, but that’s sophistry.

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  4. Ric Werme

    Asking a favor – can someone (even sod) watching it closer than me post a couple links to the hot weather in Morocco etc recently? Is it still hot there?

    What’s behind these big differences, a jet stream doing its meridional flow dance?

    We could use a NW jetstream SW of New England to let in some Canadian air. I have Temperature 91.8°F/Dewpoint 71.1°F (approx 34°C/21°C) at 1300 EDT. My Swedish genes dislike both.

    1. yonason

      I used to live in New England, and remember all too well that the weather there can be quite unpleasant in the summer. But the good news is that it can change very rapidly and dramatically. If it’s a nice autumn day, don’t go for a long hike without a winter coat, just in case. There was the year, back in the 50’s, that I had to wear a jacket on my birthday, in the middle of July. The whole summer was cool and wet.

      And the MOSQUITOES! They get started in the early Spring, sometimes when there’s still snow on the ground (mid March, as I recall). But the worst part is the Leftist politics. The N.E. weather was nothing when compared to the lunatics running the show there.

      It’s even worse there than in Pennsylvania, where I remember one December we were in shorts and shirt sleeves one day (it was in the upper 70’s F), and the next it was 21 degrees F.

      But La Nina has just started. Give it time.

  5. Jan_Vermeer

    Very cold night in the Netherlands as well. Enschede Airport Twente , near the German border , had 0,0 °C at 10 cm.
    Coldest August night in 23 years. (This was 29 august 1993, so much later in the month and on this occasion they had a few below 0 °C stations)

    Source with more details , map and graph at :

    Another source says this is the lowest temperature ever recorded in the period from 20 July – 21 August :

  6. DirkH

    “Braunlange: 0°C”

    That’s a typo, it’s Braunlage, in the Harz mountains , elevation 800 meters. So we gotta consider the effect of the lapse rate here as well.

    Munich where I currently work has an elevation of 600 m ( Germany has a Northern low plain, as we go southwards, there’s Mittelgebirge like the Harz reaching up to 1000 m, then comes the higher elevated plains and hills of the south, and it ends at the Alps.)

    It is slightly warmer in Munich now than it is in the Northern low plains… and cloudy everywhere.

  7. handjive

    Re: cherry-picking

    Growing tips: “cherries need a cold climate and well-drained soil.
    The best time to plant them is in winter, when they are bare-rooted.”

    Doomsday Global Warming means less claims of cherry-picking?

  8. handjive

    Oh noes!

    It’s another “thing of the past” …

    2014 Set for Record Hot; Record Cold Thing of the Past

    As we know, 2014 was NOT the hottest year Evah!:

    Gavin Schmidt now admits NASA are only 38% sure 2014 was the hottest year

    1. DirkH

      Notice that they know to two digits just HOW certain they are! Ah, government science precision!

      1. Ric Werme

        The BEST report for 2014 has uncertainty data, see

        It doesn’t cut & paste well.

        1. DirkH

          Anyways. They know their certainty to a percent. That’s more precise than they know their homogenized, butchered and tortured temperature extrapolation.

        2. yonason

          Ahh, yes, the “Best” of the worst.

          All he did was reanalyze the data with the same bias and intent as other warmists, of which he is definitely one. Of course he wasn’t going to get anything substantially different.

          Also see this informative comment

  9. Curious George

    August 11 was an exceptionally warm day, according to models:

  10. Denis Ables

    NASA’s Schmidt admits that “NASA are only 38% sure 2014 was the hottest”

    The would be better stated as NASA states it is more likely than not that 2014 was not the hottest. Of course no mention of the actual temperature differences, nor the error bandwidths (which, naturally, overwhelm those miniscule temperature differences).

  11. DirkH

    O/T German Green religious leaders terrified – admit that electric cars lead to same CO2 emissions as other cars. (Well slow learners.)
    (Source: UPI, Heidelberg institute. Heidelberg is in the centre of the green-fanatic Rhein valley region slightly north of Sod. The people down there voluntarily vote majority Green because they think it’s hot down there because CO2. No, dolts, it’s not: you are in the Rheinische Tiefebene which has been the hottest place of Germany for since antedeluvian times. My. What’s wrong with your brains?)

    1. sod

      “O/T German Green religious leaders terrified – admit that electric cars lead to same CO2 emissions as other cars.”

      No, they do not.

      The calculation is extremely pessimistic. It assumes that electric cars get loaded from the typical grid mix (which they are not).

      But as you folks seem to endorse this study, please follow the recommedations on page 60ff:

      1. DirkH

        “The calculation is extremely pessimistic. It assumes that electric cars get loaded from the typical grid mix (which they are not).”

        So how long does it take your wind turbines to “save” the CO2 expended in the creation of their 1000 ton concrete foundation GIVEN that they CAN’T OPERATE without a complete fossil fuel backup redundant infrastructure. Which also has to be built and maintained.

        Now, you weapons grade economic nitwit, explain to me how running TWO energy systems SAVES ANYTHING be it money, fuel or “CO2” when you could do with ONE.

        1. sam


  12. Richard111

    Curious that the BBC weatherman shows Europe as bright orange with a 40C air mass moving north to deliver 30C air to south UK. This is for Tuesday 16th August. We shall see.

  13. Mindert Eiting

    Like Sod, I love that word cherry-picking. The most obvious example is picking the present, which is the basis of all alarm. Let’s take the climate present as the period 1976-2016, with has a width of 40 years. Let’s take four billion of years as the period the earth has a normal climate. So the width of the alarmist present equals one hundred millionth of the relevant history. Time and again obsessed scientists are analyzing the same cherry-picked present (and apply statistical tests, assuming random sampling, which cannot be true). For a curious reason the present in human perception has a width of about four seconds (don’t tell it to Einstein). After four seconds we judge events as belonging to the past. For another reason the compass of our short term memory is the same as the width of our present. After about four seconds the dynamic content of short term memory is refreshed and some of it passes to long term memory. With an expected life time of eighty years, we may experience 2.5 billion of seconds (apart from sleeping). A pocket calculator may tell how many presents we have to endure. Usually, our present consists of normal events but one day we may witness a traffic accident. If this becomes an obsession spoiling the rest of our life, this is called the post-traumatic stress syndrome.

    1. Curious George

      There is no normal climate.

  14. Paul Vaughan

    “Bad Berleburg: 0°C
    Carlsfeld: +1°C
    Nürnberg: +2°C
    Carlsfeld: -1°C
    Braunlange: 0°C
    Neuhaus am Rennweg: 0°C
    Feuchtwangen: +1°C”

    Nobody will believe it happened.

    “Quality” control algorithms will flag these observations and they will end up in databases with a symbol indicating “missing”.

    Research assistants will consult their “superiors” who will agree there has been a data truncation. The values will be corrected to:

    “Bad Berleburg: 20°C
    Carlsfeld: +21°C
    Nürnberg: +22°C
    Carlsfeld: -21°C
    Braunlange: 20°C
    Neuhaus am Rennweg: 20°C
    Feuchtwangen: +21°C”

    Don’t laugh.
    That’s what will happen.

    No one’s going to believe the data are accurate.
    Past news reports won’t stop algorithmic adjustment.

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  17. Sheri

    It’s August 20th and I had to cover my garden plants (tomatoes and zucchini) because there was a light frost at my house. Last year, it got very cold about this time and I didn’t know it was forecast to get down to 32F and my plants got frostbite. I trimmed them and they recovered, but that was the earliest frost recorded in Wyoming in several decades.

    We also use those “lowest high” notations and a lot of new records were set yesterday. The temperature dropped 35 degrees from Thursday into Friday. That is a new record, but it’s not uncommon to have a 25 to 30 (F) degree drop from day to day and a similar increase on the other side. People live with these changes all the time. Makes one wonder why global warming is supposed to be so scary.

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