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.

Jeff Masters

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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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343. Thunderstorm2
3:47 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
We have another Cyclonebuster type person on the loose
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342. weatherboykris
3:46 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
And he was berating me for posting weather stuff at a weather site.I hope that maybe someday he'll forgive me for my transgression.
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341. Thunderstorm2
3:41 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
I see Patrap was mumbling on about more NFL today
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340. weatherboykris
3:37 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
hi TS2,be back later
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339. Thunderstorm2
2:45 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Good Morning Everyone
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338. Patrap
8:31 AM CST on January 21, 2007
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337. Patrap
8:28 AM CST on January 21, 2007
SAINTS!
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336. Patrap
8:24 AM CST on January 21, 2007
Im going to Get the Day started with a Good round of Gumbo stirring and a Podcast or two...you take Care..MUAH!..SMACK!
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335. Patrap
8:23 AM CST on January 21, 2007
You have a good day keeping everyone up to date on the Worlds weather Kris..Did ya pack a lunch?....
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334. Patrap
8:23 AM CST on January 21, 2007
..I thought as much.......Here have a snickers!...5
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333. weatherboykris
2:22 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
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332. weatherboykris
2:21 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Like I said..Your a Newbie.No experience in the field of Topic..dont go away Mad..just go away!.


I'm a newbie,here,not to the weather.
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331. Patrap
8:21 AM CST on January 21, 2007
14 eyewalls under my Belts..and you?
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330. Patrap
8:21 AM CST on January 21, 2007
Like I said..Your a Newbie.No experience in the field of Topic..dont go away Mad..just go away!.
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329. weatherboykris
2:20 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
And just for the record,I DO know what I'm talking about.Do you?
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328. weatherboykris
2:19 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Don't insult people's intelligence that you don't even know.My geuss is,come H season,you'll still be posting Youtube videos and talking about football.
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327. Patrap
8:19 AM CST on January 21, 2007
Plus..we hang out not here in the Recess yard.But where we can do some collective good.Yall just like to one -up one another with cut and Paste.Ive seen NO orginal thought here Cept for some I know have a way with posting.
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326. Patrap
8:18 AM CST on January 21, 2007
LOL..If you knew me and my Past.That question wouldnt even have came to your wee lil Brain!
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325. weatherboykris
2:18 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Really?You think not?
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324. Patrap
8:17 AM CST on January 21, 2007
CBS my nemisis..Its all in fun.Yall talk like yall know WTF ya talking about.And that worries some of us.But we will see how long u can hang come H season.Not long I bet.
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323. weatherboykris
2:16 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
But we enjoy your referencing Video Games..shows your age well.

Did I reference a video game?Seriously,when?
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322. weatherboykris
2:15 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Cant, you always here thinking someones listening..LOL


Okay,that was kind of funny,but still,what's this site supposed to be for?You're always asking CB why he spams up Dr. Masters' blog,but look at what you post.I can't remember the last time you said anything about anything but football.
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321. Patrap
8:15 AM CST on January 21, 2007
But we enjoy your referencing Video Games..shows your age well.
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319. Patrap
8:14 AM CST on January 21, 2007
Cant, you always here thinking someones listening..LOL
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318. weatherboykris
2:14 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Cause all you seem to do is make fun of people who post weather related things at a weather related site.
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317. weatherboykris
2:13 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Be back later.You know,once a while Patrap,you may want to post something,you know,weather related.If that isn't to much trouble.
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315. Patrap
8:11 AM CST on January 21, 2007
Blog-fornication...
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314. weatherboykris
2:12 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
I'm picking the Patriots and Saints to be in the Super Bowl.
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313. weatherboykris
2:11 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
I'll probably watch parts of both.
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312. Patrap
8:10 AM CST on January 21, 2007
Only One GAme today..Ours...Everything else ...Fodder.
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310. weatherboykris
2:09 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Are you guys watching both games?
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309. weatherboykris
2:08 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Kris..take a day off..will ya.Go for a walk.Call a girlfriend.ya boring the Sam Hill outta us.!..LOL


He asked a question.It's not like anyone else had answered him.What's your problem?
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307. Patrap
7:56 AM CST on January 21, 2007
Blogs Closed GAMEDAY!...
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306. Patrap
7:54 AM CST on January 21, 2007
Kris..take a day off..will ya.Go for a walk.Call a girlfriend.ya boring the Sam Hill outta us.!..LOL
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305. weatherboykris
1:45 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
see some of you'll talking about La Nino do you'll think she's trying to come in the back door? And could La Nino make it a bad hurricane season? I'm just wondering I'm still learning and just reading in the back ground.


A La Nina makes for a bad hurricane season.It usually diplaces the Bermuda high further East and decreases shear. And tornadodude,you misspelled virga.
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304. IKE
6:32 AM CST on January 21, 2007
"AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 1128Z 21 JAN 2007
COORDINATES - 1.2 NORTH 126.3 EAST
LOCATION - NORTHERN MOLUCCA SEA
MAGNITUDE - 7.6"
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303. catastropheadjuster
6:31 AM GMT on January 21, 2007
I see some of you'll talking about La Nino do you'll think she's trying to come in the back door? And could La Nino make it a bad hurricane season? I'm just wondering I'm still learning and just reading in the back ground.
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302. tornadodude
5:19 AM GMT on January 21, 2007
bring on the snow! quit with the verga, and moisten!lol
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301. weatherboykris
5:02 AM GMT on January 21, 2007
ohhhh.I just meant wether or not you'd read my blog.Does this help?Link
goodnight
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300. ryang
12:59 AM AST on January 21, 2007
I haven't seen anything there.I mean 93P.
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299. weatherboykris
4:57 AM GMT on January 21, 2007
my blog.Click on my name
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298. ryang
12:55 AM AST on January 21, 2007
No.Where???????
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297. weatherboykris
4:55 AM GMT on January 21, 2007
have you seen mine?
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296. ryang
12:49 AM AST on January 21, 2007
Only me tring to get info for my blog.
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295. weatherboykris
4:46 AM GMT on January 21, 2007
anyone still on?
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294. ryang
12:36 AM AST on January 21, 2007
Wishcaster check my blog!
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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.