“Unimaginable apocalypse…likely culprits: climate cooling, deforestation
Günther Aigner has posted video on the Magdalen Flood, which occurred in July, 1342, and was by far the worst to ever hit Central Europe in recorded history.
The area impacted includes today’s Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, France, Italy and other parts of Central Europe.
So horrendous was this flood that it is today often called the flood of the millennium, with some even calling it the worst of the Holocene, i.e. the past 10,000 years!
One third of all erosion in 1500 years – in a single week!
According to Aigner, “One-third of the total soil erosion of the past 1,500 years in what is now Germany happened in just one single week in July, 1342. According to Hans-Rudolf Bork, the water masses of the Magdalen flood were equivalent to 50 to 100 times the flood of the century in 2002 on the Elbe River. A repetition of such a flood would completely devastate large parts of Central Europe. It would be an unimaginable apocalypse.”
Extreme weather during cooling
In the video, Aigner notes that the flood occurred during a period of climate cooling in Europe, after the Medieval Warm Period (ca. 900 A.D. to 1300 A.D).
Today, whenever flooding occurs, the media often parade it as a “one-hundred-year” event and a dire sign of climate change. The word “unprecedented” often gets used.
But as Aigner shows, major flooding events in Europe have often occurred before and were far worse. Especially hard hit in 1342 was Hannoversch Münden, Germany, where the Werra and Fulda rivers meet:
Image cropped here. Photo by H. Thieme.
As the photo shows, the highest ever flood level was reached during the Magdalen Flood on July 13, 1342. Note how the other terrible floods at this location all happened during the Little Ice Age and far exceed the most recent, which occurred in 1995.
Magdalen Flood by far the worst
In Frankfurt, at the Main River, the water level during the Magdalen Flood by far exceeded anything recorded since. See here. The situation was similar in the city of Würzburg.
Likely cause: “Vb” weather pattern
Aigner explains the likely cause of the Biblical-proportion flood was a so-called Vb weather pattern over Europe, where a low pressure system forms over the Mediterranean and moves over Eastern Europe and pumps warm, moist on a collision course with cold air flowing in from the North Atlantic:
Image cropped here.
Culprit: climate change (cooling)!
These Vb events occasionally occur in the summertime and lead to enormous discharges of precipitation. In 1342, sn extreme case likely was the culprit – nudged on by “climate change”. By 1342, Europe’s climate had long changed for the worse, as it began its descent into a period of protracted cooling.
During this cold, treacherous period, Europe was frequented by a viscous series of natural disasters that included, severe droughts, floods, famine, wars and plagues. Millions of people were wiped out.
Manmade deforestation didn’t help
Aigner notes that the flood likely had an anthropogenic element to it, as during this time much of Europe had been deforested, which led to a rapid water runoff into the rivers when the Magdalen deluge occurred.