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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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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393. weatherboykris
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 don't want you trashing it.You're worse than CB.At least what he posts is weather related.It's the principle of the thing.I'll be back later.
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392. ryang
2:17 PM AST on January 21, 2007
Just curious.It it in America.Thats i want to know.
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391. weatherboykris
6:17 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Go ahead..I wont disrupt yer ramblings no mo..Ive got bears on da Grill...!


You're the one rambling.So you've been in more hurricanes than me.That doesn't mean that by any stretch of the imagination you know more about them.
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390. Thunderstorm2
6:17 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
You just went O.T.T there Pat
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389. Patrap
12:17 PM CST on January 21, 2007
..carry on Kris...Who Dat?...Good luck
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387. Thunderstorm2
6:15 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
All in jest dudess..but you flunked the met character test..LOL.
Is that ment to be funny??
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386. Patrap
12:15 PM CST on January 21, 2007
Go ahead..I wont disrupt yer ramblings no mo..Ive got bears on da Grill...!
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385. weatherboykris
6:15 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
All in jest dudess..but you flinked the met character test..LOL.


You failed the met intelligence test.You pretend to be some smart guy who knows a lot about weather.I've never seen you post one thing about weather,even during the hurricane season.
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384. Patrap
12:14 PM CST on January 21, 2007
All in jest dudess..but you flunked the met character test..LOL.
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383. weatherboykris
6:14 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Posting like no tommorrow.Yall creepier than most thought.And now know..LOL!


What are you talking about?
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382. Thunderstorm2
6:14 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Pat shut up
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380. weatherboykris
6:13 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
why you want to know,ryang?
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379. weatherboykris
6:12 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
All I ever did was answer someone's question this morning,then you started being a jerk.
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378. ryang
2:11 PM AST on January 21, 2007
Kris where are you located.
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377. weatherboykris
6:12 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
I don't think so,TS2
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376. Thunderstorm2
6:10 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Hope your going to post stuff weather related Patrap
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375. weatherboykris
6:11 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Lack of character too..I forgot that one Kris...


Lack of character?Explain please
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373. Patrap
12:09 PM CST on January 21, 2007
Lack of character too..I forgot that one Kris...
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372. Thunderstorm2
6:03 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
No i don't
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371. weatherboykris
6:01 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Any idea as to why the El Nino models at the CPC haven't updated since Tuesday?They came out progressively later each day for a few days prior,then stopped coming out at all.
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370. Thunderstorm2
5:58 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Yeah i would like some colder weather
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369. weatherboykris
5:57 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
So too bad there's no freeze for Florida,huh?
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368. Thunderstorm2
5:53 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
What i said:
Im not one to insult someone but he is a piece of junk

What he said on my blog:
Gee..Im hurt..LOL...Some bloggers

Thats just being cheeky so i banned him
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367. Thunderstorm2
5:51 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
ill post what i said on this blog to him and what he said to me on my blog
I will Ryan
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366. weatherboykris
5:50 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Can you believe he actually went to my blog and made fun of the fact that I only have 18 comments?I just banned that know-it-all loser from my blog.
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365. ryang
1:49 PM AST on January 21, 2007
Thunderstorm2 you can check my blog for worldwide invests.
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364. Thunderstorm2
5:46 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Next time Pat comes on he is going to get shouting at by me
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363. Thunderstorm2
5:43 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
me too
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362. weatherboykris
5:42 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
me
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361. ryang
1:41 PM AST on January 21, 2007
Anyone here.
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360. Thunderstorm2
5:40 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Yes i did kris
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359. weatherboykris
5:39 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
too bad.no freeze for Florida.TS2,did you get my mail?
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358. Inyo
5:32 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
On a side note, the freeze in California is looking even worse than we thought... I just drove up the Santa Clara valley and almost all the avocado trees are dead. the farmers are going to be hit hard by this
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357. Thunderstorm2
5:08 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Pat this is a weather blog not a sports blog. Ill be back later.
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356. CrazyC83
4:44 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
960 is actually more in line with a high-end Category 2 or a Category 3 hurricane.

Definitely a wild week...so far the storms on both sides of the Atlantic have killed 132 people...
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355. Patrap
10:42 AM CST on January 21, 2007
Theres still much to be Done ,recovery wise in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Region.YOU can help here...Link
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354. Patrap
10:39 AM CST on January 21, 2007
Hope Boys is a relative term..LOL!
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353. Frozencanuck
4:35 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Oh dear, the little boys are not playing nice. Grandma here will take away your cookies and milk until you all kiss and make up. Play nice now boys...
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352. Patrap
10:22 AM CST on January 21, 2007
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351. Patrap
10:18 AM CST on January 21, 2007
...."Thinking bout my Baby and my happy Home"....
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350. Patrap
10:17 AM CST on January 21, 2007
..."Out last night ..sat on the Levee and Moaned".....oh-hooo!
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349. Thunderstorm2
3:57 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
When does the games start again
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348. weatherboykris
3:55 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
bye,I'll be back before the games start.
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347. Thunderstorm2
3:53 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Im not one to insult someone but he is a piece of junk. Bye
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346. weatherboykris
3:52 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
I'll be back later.
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345. weatherboykris
3:51 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
I looked at the blog archive.Even during the H season,nothing else but junk.
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344. Thunderstorm2
3:48 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
And he doesn't know anything weather related so he has to clutter up the blog with NFL and Insults
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