Storms and heat in Europe

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:04 PM GMT on January 19, 2007

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Europe's strange winter weather continues to generate headlines, as a powerful low pressure system brought hurricane-force wind gusts to England, Germany, the Czech Republic, and many other European countries on Thursday. The powerful extratropical cyclone, now centered over western Russia, has a central pressure of 960 mb--the kind of pressures commonly seen in Category 1 and 2 hurricanes! At least 41 people have been killed in the storm, mostly motorists in England and Germany. The storm shut down the German train system for the first time in history. The last winter storm with comparable winds in Europe occurred in January 1990. The latest computer forecast models point to the first significant snows and cold for Europe next week, when a major low pressure system is expected to finally tap into some cold Artic air and pull it southwards over much of Europe.


Figure 1. Departure of temperature from average (in �C) for the week (Sun-Thu). The western U.S. is suffering the worst winter cold of anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere. Europe and northern Asia continue to feel record-breaking warm temperatures. Note that the area of most extreme below-normal temperatures occurred over San Antonio, Texas, where the world's largest meeting of meteorologists was being held!

Extraordinary warmth in Europe
The European storm was a warm and rainy one, and record warmth continues to affect both Europe and most of northern Asia (Figure 1). January 10, with a temperature of 8 �C, was the warmest in the first 10 days of January in Moscow, Russia, according to the hydro-meteorological bureau for Moscow. Record keeping began in 1870. St. Petersburg reported their warmest January day in 125 years of record keeping the same day, with a temperature of 8.6 �C. Nighttime minimum temperatures in London, England, hit 12.6 �C on January 8, which is warmer than the average July minimum temperature, 12� C. So far, January temperatures in London are the warmest since record keeping began in 1659.

Romanian snowboarders blockade weather office
The lack of snow in Romania has driven snow lovers in that country to desperation. A group of Romanian snowboarders blocked traffic in front of the country's weather institute January 16, and would only budge when weather officials would agree that their complaints of a lack of snow "would be passed on to a higher authority", according to Ananova.

Winter hits the U.S., China, and Bengladesh
Winter cold has hit the western U.S. hard this week, with California suffering a devastating freeze to its citrus crop. Heavy snow has affected central China--the Chinese official state media Xinhua said on January 16th that more than 1,000 houses have collapsed and 2,424 damaged in the weather as snow levels reached 300 millimeters in some regions. Earlier this month, Bengladesh saw temperatures that fell from the daily average of 18 �C to between 5 and 8 �C. The government called on affluent people to donate warm clothes and blankets to the poor, as doctors reported that more than 100 people had died from the sudden cold.

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444. tornadodude
10:34 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Help Us God!!!! Help the Saints
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443. Thunderstorm2
10:33 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Touchdown Bears
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442. weatherboykris
10:33 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
NOOOOOOOOOO.Touchdown Bears
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441. tornadodude
10:29 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
what a catch....
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440. weatherboykris
10:31 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Yeah,right?
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439. Thunderstorm2
10:30 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
The can't do it if they give up reckless points
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438. tornadodude
10:29 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
You Can Do It!!!!
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437. Thunderstorm2
10:25 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
COME ON SAINTS DON'T GIVE UP!!!!!
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436. tornadodude
10:24 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
oh yeah....
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435. Thunderstorm2
10:22 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Lots of water
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434. tornadodude
10:23 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
thats about 3 miles from my house
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433. tornadodude
10:22 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
The Flood Warning continues for
the White River at Petersburg.
* Until at least this afternoon.
* At 10 am Sunday the stage was 25.1 feet.
* Moderate flooding is occurring and moderate flooding is forecast.
* Flood stage is 16.0 feet.
* At 25.0 feet... a major flood is in progress. Emergency flood
fighting is needed. Evacuations would begin from river Cabins in
Dodge City. Livestock must be moved.
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432. tornadodude
10:21 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
ugh...
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431. Thunderstorm2
10:19 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Safety Bears
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430. Thunderstorm2
10:17 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
True
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429. tornadodude
10:15 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
no choking allowed... we dont need any more vanderjagts!
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428. Thunderstorm2
10:12 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
im hoping they both go to the super bowl
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427. tornadodude
10:11 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Go Colts! Go Saints!

I live about 100 miles south, southwest of Indy soooo.... Go Colts!
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426. Thunderstorm2
10:09 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Thanks Tornado
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425. tornadodude
10:08 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Thunderstorm2: nice blog, both actually... keep it up..
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424. Thunderstorm2
10:02 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Ive got an Football Blog and an INVEST Blog up Please visit
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423. tornadodude
10:00 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
About 1 inch of Snow/sleet here... winter weather advisory for tonight for freezing drizzle...
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422. tornadodude
9:56 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Go Reggie Bush!!!!!
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421. weatherboykris
9:47 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Ok folks, could we try to grow up here? If you must quarrel, please do it somewhere besides Dr. Masters blog. This is the point of entry to the WU blog world for many newcomers - think of the great impression you're making..


Think of the impressions Pat is leaving.He bit my head off for answering someone's question about La Nina.
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420. Thunderstorm2
7:59 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Ive changed my blog for everyone
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419. snowboy
7:34 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Ok folks, could we try to grow up here? If you must quarrel, please do it somewhere besides Dr. Masters blog. This is the point of entry to the WU blog world for many newcomers - think of the great impression you're making..
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418. Thunderstorm2
7:37 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
I respect That
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417. sandcrab39565
1:35 PM CST on January 21, 2007
Like all Saints fans we are all fired up and for a good reason.
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416. MichaelSTL
1:32 PM CST on January 21, 2007
This station in NW Russia has been above normal for more than two months; 64 days to be exact (this lags behind by one day, so it shows 63 days; I assume that yesterday was also above normal):

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415. Thunderstorm2
7:32 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Pat what kind of mood are you in today
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414. Patrap
1:30 PM CST on January 21, 2007
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413. Patrap
1:02 PM CST on January 21, 2007
Bear Gumbo is delicious!...Ummmmmmm! Slurp!.And we did the grill thing too!
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412. Thunderstorm2
7:13 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Is Pat gone
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411. ryang
2:51 PM AST on January 21, 2007
em>
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410. ryang
2:50 PM AST on January 21, 2007
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409. sandcrab39565
12:47 PM CST on January 21, 2007
Chicago/Ohare
Last Update on Jan 21, 11:51 am CST


Light Snow Fog/Mist

28F
(-2C) Humidity: 88 %
Wind Speed: E 10 MPH
Barometer: 29.96" (1015.2 mb)
Dewpoint: 25F (-4C)
Wind Chill: 19F (-7C)
Visibility:


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408. MichaelSTL
12:47 PM CST on January 21, 2007
who friggin italicied

To fix that, click on the Italics button and delete the first tag (the one that just has em, leaving the second tag with /em in place). Of course, you can also just type it in - I do this all the time because it is easier to keep typing than it is to stop typing, click on a button, then continue (the exception is the Link button).
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407. ryang
2:46 PM AST on January 21, 2007
Get a freaking grip..Enjoy the Games..I will....."Thats Amore!"...


Shut up.
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406. Patrap
12:37 PM CST on January 21, 2007
Get a freaking grip..Enjoy the Games..I will....."Thats Amore!"...
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405. Thunderstorm2
6:28 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
he cant behave and im getting really mad
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404. ryang
2:27 PM AST on January 21, 2007
Pat behave.
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403. anvilhead
6:26 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
who friggin italicied
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402. Thunderstorm2
6:24 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
im not as young as you think i am
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401. Patrap
12:23 PM CST on January 21, 2007
...."Careful..youll shoot yer eye out Kid!".....
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399. Thunderstorm2
6:22 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Naww..yall seem to do well self flagalatting/insulting yerselves ..Tstorm..LOL

Im not insulting myself im just making a point
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398. Thunderstorm2
6:21 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Saints Suck
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395. weatherboykris
6:19 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
And besides,it's not like you're Mr. Popularity.If I had the same blog up for a week I'd have 100-some comments as well.
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394. Thunderstorm2
6:18 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
..but re-posting in the main is way bad form.ANd who worries about being banned from a Blog with 17comments?..LMAO!

I've got less comments on my blog,you going to insult me?
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