Winter Storm Klaus kills 26 in Europe

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 8:20 PM GMT on January 26, 2009

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Powerful Winter Storm Klaus, similar in strength to a Category 1 hurricane, brought high winds that killed at least 26 people in Spain, France, and Italy on Saturday. Wind gusts as high as 124 mph (199 km/hr) occurred along the northern coast of Spain, and Klaus had a central pressure of 967 mb at its peak on the morning of January 24. Sustained winds of 59 mph were measured at Santander, and wind gusts as high as 69 mph hit Barcelona, where a roof collapsed at a sports center, killing four children. Klaus knocked out power to at least 1.7 million people, and likely did hundreds of millions in damage to Spain and France. The storm caused extensive flooding in southern France, and toppled more than half of the trees in the regions of Gironde and Landes, one of Europe's largest forest areas. It was the worst storm to hit the region since Winter Storm Martin hit in December 1999, killing over 100 people in France and Spain.

A few top wind gusts in Spain from Winter Storm Klaus:

El Musel-Gijon (Asturias): 124 mph (199 km/hr)
Malpica (A Coruña): 114 mph (183 km/hr)
Ancares (Lugo): 113 mph (182 km/hr)
Gijon (Asturias): 104 mph (167 km/hr)



Figure 1. QuikScat image of Winter Storm Klaus approaching Spain at 19:08 GMT Friday January 23, 2009. Winds here suggest Klaus had winds similar to a Category 1 hurricane. Image credit: Paul Chang, NOAA.

Future European storm damage due to climate change
How European extratropical storms like Klaus might change in a world undergoing global warming is highly uncertain. A number of studies cited in the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report showed significant increases in the intensity and number of extratropical cyclones in recent years. However, the report notes that "as with tropical cyclones, detection of long-term changes in cyclones is hampered by incomplete and changing observing systems". Thus, we cannot tell at present if recent observed changes in extratropical storms are an indication of climate change.

The forecast is also murky. The 2007 IPCC report states, "Confidence in future changes in windiness in Europe remains relatively low....Several studies have suggested a decrease in the total number of cyclones in the Mediterranean Sea, but there is no agreement on whether the number of intense cyclones will increase or decrease".

It's of interest to note that Klaus was a relatively minor storm compared to some past storms that have affected South France. Over-wash deposits in a lagoon in the region were found by Sabatier et al. (2008) to point to Category 3 hurricane-strength winter storms hitting the region roughly once every 100 years. The most recent strikes were in 1839 and 1893.

Hurricane Ike relief efforts presentation
The portlight.org disaster relief charity will be presenting a summary of their Hurricane Ike relief efforts and plans for the future on Wednesday, January 28, at 8:20 am, at the Summerville, SC Kiwanis club. The portlight webcam will be running during the presentation, for those interested.

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Quoting surfmom:


Good, didn't want you to think I lost my edge.... It's the Lioness that Hunts


which is kind of unfair, if you think about it... the male lions get to sit around and wait for the females to come back with the kill, and they don't have to do anything... it should be mutual hunting/eating... then again it's nature... oh well... and i modified the commment you quoted.
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"According to them, the population will double to 18 billion in another 41 years."

Where do you get that? According to the table on the US Census Bureau site, the world population growth rate in 2040 will be 0.64%. and falling. Even if we assumed a constant growth rate of 0.64%, it would take over 100 years for population to double, not 41.

"If you would like, I can go back and change my numbers if you would like."

Matters not to me - just wanted folks to be aware of your predilection for exaggeration.
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severstorm....that's truly good to know....
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cold and now waiting on the snow thats coming
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press, I work in the shrimp industry. I work for the worlds largest PINK shrimp market here in Tampa. We are still alive and kicking with over 1 million pounds caught this year so far. your market is still there we buy the whites from the east coast twice a year.
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Quoting hurristat:


I know... that's why I said "probably the latter" LOL


Good, didn't want you to think I lost my edge.... It's the Lioness that Hunts
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Keeper you appeared!!! Thought you might have become an iceberg!!!! Howz it going up there in the Klondike?
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I love the yellow snow analogy...

Me, too. Us Louisiana folks are of the mind that if it wasn't grown here, caught here, harvested here, distributed from here, etc. (you get the idea), that meal will be below par, period.
Awfully self-centered, but until we find something better...maybe that attitude is appropriate.
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Quoting surfmom:
I caught it sweety.......


I know... that's why I said "probably the latter"...LOL... no offense. please. forgive me.
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Good Idea those Bumper Stickers for Portlight.org....... where'd you put yours Press??
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Quoting presslord:


Can't wait for Spring...
54 days to go till spring
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Quoting hurristat:


either she doesn't get it or is ignoring it completely.... probably the latter... ; )
I caught it sweety.......
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Quoting hurristat:


either she doesn't get it or is ignoring it completely.... probably the latter... ; )


oh....fear not....she 'gets' it....
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yea KEH...most places serve local shrimp...but Gump's is such a tourist trap...I hate that people eat there and think they've had Lowcountry shrimp....

I love the yellow snow analogy...
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Quoting surfmom:


Yup, as soon as it's a bit warmer.


either she doesn't get it or is ignoring it completely.... probably the latter... ; )
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Quoting presslord:


Can't wait for Spring...
Me too -- I'm waiting to catch a dose of Spring Fever this year...
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235 - quite the primal male.......

For a brief time, after we raised the chickens, it was difficult to eat chicken.... but ours have names... the others don't (market) --so we got over it
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Quoting surfmom:


Yup, as soon as it's a bit warmer.


Can't wait for Spring...
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Press - Coast does! Buys local produce as well.

Not kidding at all about imported shrimp. Imported shrimp is not healthy and The South Carolina Coast has a shrimping industry that has suffered as well

In addition:
Keeping it local, saves transportation energy. And reduces the amount of time refrigeration is needed and the amount of additives to keep it looking fresh.

Cut down on all that global warming ;)

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Quoting atmoaggie:
vegan steaks that taste exactly like meat steaks... but they're made from soybeans instead.

Ahh, but (there is ALWAYS a but) this article (which even has scientific references) details some potential very bad side effects of too much soybean intake.

The part about reduced nutrient absorption is intriguing. My mom went on a anti-dairy and anti-wheat diet some years ago. Some problems before and all sorts of problems since. Hmm...


then again, you could just not eat the soybean steaks... and you can eat wheat too... but anyway I commend anyone who decides to become vegan or vegetarian.
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...sorry...but....sometimes...I've just gotta have a chunck of dead cow....
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Quoting presslord:
surf....Care to share a picture of that?


Yup, as soon as it's a bit warmer.
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Quoting hurristat:


I was gonna say, don't you live in Louisiana? Even I know what that is, and I'm in Michigan...LOL

Question, and I can't tell from a distance (Michigan), but, are you guys making fun of it, or are you serious?


I was poking at the huge Vietnamese contingent that are shrimpers here and in East Texas.

What are you talking about?
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Quoting KEHCharleston:
Say No To Drugs - Do Not Eat Imported Shrimp ;)
And another Amen.
Using imported shrimp in a good gumbo is like using yellow snow in a pina colada.
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vegan steaks that taste exactly like meat steaks... but they're made from soybeans instead.

Ahh, but (there is ALWAYS a but) this article (which even has scientific references) details some potential very bad side effects of too much soybean intake.

The part about reduced nutrient absorption is intriguing. My mom went on a anti-dairy and anti-wheat diet some years ago. Some problems before and all sorts of problems since. Hmm...
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surf....Care to share a picture of that?
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Quoting surfmom:
I placed my www.portlight.org bumpersticker in a most appropriate place.


...
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I placed my www.portlight.org bumpersticker in a most appropriate place.
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atmo....I'm just glad somebody's making a living shrimping...our shrimping industry in SC is just about dead.....breaks my heart....
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Quoting atmoaggie:


Yeah, why?

We have a lot of domestic shrimp caught by imported people. (Just teasing, here!)


I was gonna say, don't you live in Louisiana? Even I know what that is, and I'm in Michigan...LOL

Question, and I can't tell from a distance (Michigan), but, are you guys making fun of it, or are you serious?
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KEH....for the record....Bubba Gump's downtown does not serve local shrimp....makes me furious...
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Quoting presslord:
FRIENDS DO NOT LET FRIENDS EAT IMPORTED SHRIMP
Action: Quote | Ignore User

Amen to that...


Yeah, why?

We have a lot of domestic shrimp caught by imported people. (Just teasing, here!)
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Quoting KEHCharleston:
Say No To Drugs - Do Not Eat Imported Shrimp ;)


They're highly addictive... sometimes in large cities, there'll be imported shrimp dealers selling them... on a related note, the FBI just had a huge drug bust. They found 80 TONS!!! of imported shrimp... LOL
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Say No To Drugs - Do Not Eat Imported Shrimp ;)
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Quoting KEHCharleston:
Cotillion, What does the upcoming week look like for y'all

Regarding big oil company payoffs for wunderground bloggers, vegan diets and killing innocent animals:
Where do I get in on the money?
Though I do like meat, maybe we should not be killing the innocent animals. Let's go after the guilty ones.


GO CARDINALS
KEEP IT LOCAL
FRIENDS DO NOT LET FRIENDS EAT IMPORTED SHRIMP


LOL... maybe the ones who are contributing to global warming and overpopulation...LOL...and I'm undecided on the Super Bowl... I traditionally like the Steelers, but I really like the Cardinals, too. Someone needs to try and convince me to their side... note, I'll be playing devil's advocate. And in keeping with my random thoughts today, you can buy vegan steaks that taste exactly like meat steaks... but they're made from soybeans instead.
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FRIENDS DO NOT LET FRIENDS EAT IMPORTED SHRIMP
Action: Quote | Ignore User

Amen to that...
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Cotillion, What does the upcoming week look like for y'all

Regarding big oil company payoffs for wunderground bloggers, vegan diets and killing innocent animals:
Where do I get in on the money? (except for Exxon - I am still not talking to them)
Though I do like meat, maybe we should not be killing the innocent animals. Let's go after the guilty ones.

Regarding Wunderground Pyrates and Steeler fans:
Couldn't help but notice none of you have put your money where you mouth is TampaSpin/Portlight/SuperBowl Pool

Regarding upcoming Atlantic Tropical Season:
I am curious as to whether anyone has begun preparing. I know I need to replenish my hurricane supply shelf. Was fairly happy with last year's preps though.

GO CARDINALS
KEEP IT LOCAL
FRIENDS DO NOT LET FRIENDS EAT IMPORTED SHRIMP
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Re: 212.

pangean...Last time I looked it was the U S Census Bureau about two years ago. Went there today and they are projecting 9 billion by 2050. They are detailing changes to their numbers over the last couple of months.

In another chart they project Midyear statistics with 9 billion by 2040.

According to them, the population will double to 18 billion in another 41 years.

Note: I have gone back and made the appropriate corrections in this thread to conform to the current US Census International Population Data.
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Quoting Cotillion:


Wonder if people on here are married to 'the season'...

Can't live with it, can't live without it. ;)


That's a great explanation...

Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside equally desperate to get out.- Montaigne
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Quoting melwerle:
Oh how I long for the days of hurricane season...



Wonder if people on here are married to 'the season'...

Can't live with it, can't live without it. ;)
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Quoting HadesGodWyvern:
THE TROPICAL CYCLONE GALE WARNING PREVIOUSLY IN FORCE FOR CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN
TONGA IS NOW CANCELLED.

Special Weather Bulletin - Tonga (TD 08F)


that's good.
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Oh how I long for the days of hurricane season...

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213. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
THE TROPICAL CYCLONE GALE WARNING PREVIOUSLY IN FORCE FOR CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN
TONGA IS NOW CANCELLED.

Special Weather Bulletin - Tonga (TD 08F)
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"Regarding Africa, what happens when the population reaches double what it is today or quadruples what it is today in as in the projection for 2070+?"

I'm wondering where you're getting your population figures. The UN projection is for a less than 2.5x increase in population in Africa by 2150 (1 billion in 2008 to 2.3 billion in 2150). And 12 billion world population in 25 years? The UN is projecting 8.9 billion 40 years from now. That's a big difference.
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205. Skyepony 10:57 PM GMT on January 27, 2009 Hide this comment.
This was interesting.. the artic vortex split a few days ago..Looks like it's trying to rebuilt, looks weaker & cloudier. Feb might not be as warm as Jan..certainly not the solid vortex that raged into March of last year dragging winter on.


Thanks for posting this...I have been meaning to look at it.

I made a prediction that the Arctic sea ice would resume growing after the pause (correlated to last week's east coast cold spell and maritime Pacific airmass pumped to the Arcitc). But, if the vortex does not recover, sea ice may not resume growing at a normal rate for the date. Could I have been wrong? First time for everything (j/k).
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Winter Storm/Windstorm/Gale Kyrill, yeah.

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Quoting Cotillion:


Like religion? I wasn't aware there was a difference... they say you have to believe in GW after all...

;)

*ducks*


Are there GW atheists? *joins Cotillion in the ducking club*... LOL... that's winter storm Kyrill there right (on your avatar)?
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Quoting calusakat:
RE: 202. hurristat

Interplanetary migration does have a certain ring to it.

In the mean time, we have to deal with potentially crushing population growth.

To repeat...Maybe Global Warming is a miracle that came just in time to save us all. Or at least to give us time to develop the technology for interplanetary migration. :-)


We could move all the Africans into developed countries, give them jobs... then they'd stop making so many darn babies. LOL ; )
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Quoting conchygirl:
Come back soon Gulf - most of us enjoy the information you provide. Don't believe you have run anyone off either! This topic is like religion; always conflict!


Like religion? I wasn't aware there was a difference... they say you have to believe in GW after all...

;)

*ducks*
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RE: 202. hurristat

Interplanetary migration does have a certain ring to it.

In the mean time, we have to deal with potentially crushing population growth.

To repeat...Maybe Global Warming is a miracle that came just in time to save us all. Or at least to give us time to develop the technology for interplanetary migration. :-)
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205. Skyepony (Mod)
This was interesting.. the artic vortex split a few days ago..Looks like it's trying to rebuilt, looks weaker & cloudier. Feb might not be as warm as Jan..certainly not the solid vortex that raged into March of last year dragging winter on.

Poet~ Amy's right~ I shouldn't have put your name in front of the ya'll I was refuring to that have run off some bright minds through the years from here. You didn't do that. As concygirl added..You do bring some nice poems. Here's a link to one of the CO2 monitering satellites, it's europe's ENVISAT. There's some live CO2 monitering stuff in there. Japan just put one or is about to in a few days. I can't remember which ones of ours we use but I have seem them conferm atmos' rant on what is going on in the south (excellent by the way).. Living down wind of TX isn't all it's cracked up to being:) Oh & Your reference to Dr Masters~ Pooper scooper Masters? Your refuring to that article he said was crap. You understand that article? By their graph we had 1 mill sq less ice than last year on new years day & they headlined it~ we had as much on this new years day as 1978. That article was crap~ when the winter vortex gets going really has no bearing on how much ice melts in the summer. Resorting to name calling..tisk tisk, you sound more upset then you try & make me out to be..

TampaSpin~ Is wanting to leave a less polluted world for my kids liberal or something? I really can't make sense of & don't know how to begin to respond to the Al Gore rant thing..maybe...puff, puff...pass?

Ya'll do keep me entertained:)

Taz~ saw they are planting less in Calif cause of that drought. Expect a raise in food costs.

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