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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194. pottery
10:07 PM AST on January 19, 2007
OK Ryang, I'll check that out. How are you making out in the frozen North ? Here its becoming more like dry season each day, after good rains up to Wed. How about hurricanes in Europe eh?Along with some pretty wonky temps posted all over. Strange stuff......
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193. ryang
10:08 PM AST on January 19, 2007
Pottery come to my blog a moment.You will be surprised.
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192. pottery
9:58 PM AST on January 19, 2007
Thanks Ryang. Thats not the one I reffered to, but it works fine > Thanks again...
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191. ryang
10:00 PM AST on January 19, 2007
Pottery come to my blog.I think i have some links that might help you out.
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190. ryang
9:58 PM AST on January 19, 2007
Toronto.
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189. ryang
9:55 PM AST on January 19, 2007
Link
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188. pottery
9:56 PM AST on January 19, 2007
where are you, in Canada ?
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187. ryang
9:55 PM AST on January 19, 2007
Not much.
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186. pottery
9:54 PM AST on January 19, 2007
Ryang, whats going on ?
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185. ryang
9:51 PM AST on January 19, 2007
Hi all.
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184. pottery
9:43 PM AST on January 19, 2007
Chris, thanks, but its nightime !!!!!!A few months ago someone posted an image , obviously enhanced, of the dust cloud as it was then. I lost the link somehow. Cant find it. Do you know what I'm reffering to ??
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183. weatherboykris
1:11 AM GMT on January 20, 2007
Link

Latest visible.
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182. pottery
9:02 PM AST on January 19, 2007
Hi. The WU discussion talks about a large area of Sahara dust visible at near 35 W. Can someone give a link to that visual ? Appreciated........
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181. weatherboykris
12:14 AM GMT on January 20, 2007
bye,TS2
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180. Thunderstorm2
11:38 PM GMT on January 19, 2007
Ok im going,stay safe everyone.
Talk to you all tommorow
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179. Thunderstorm2
11:19 PM GMT on January 19, 2007
This page has turned into an NFL blog
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178. ryang
7:13 PM AST on January 19, 2007
LOL Thunder.
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177. Thunderstorm2
11:13 PM GMT on January 19, 2007
Yeah give us a break from his cheek and his stupid retarded tunnels
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176. Thunderstorm2
11:11 PM GMT on January 19, 2007
It was a joke CB
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173. Thunderstorm2
11:08 PM GMT on January 19, 2007
You will be sorely missed CB
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171. tornadodude
11:06 PM GMT on January 19, 2007
well ill talk to ya'll later... Go Colts!
Go Saints!

And best for last Go COWBOYS!
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169. Thunderstorm2
11:06 PM GMT on January 19, 2007
I think by reading some of the last page and this one CB is being a nut........again
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168. tornadodude
11:03 PM GMT on January 19, 2007
There will be a next time for a guy with that potential if he doesn't let it get to him!

just dont come back like Vanderjagt!
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166. tornadodude
10:59 PM GMT on January 19, 2007
Cowboys: 5 championship titles, 8 trips... hmmm
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165. philliesrock
5:58 PM EST on January 19, 2007
BOOOOOOOO COWBOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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164. weatherboykris
10:58 PM GMT on January 19, 2007
I did still he was very good but no Brady for sure!


He won 4 didn't he?
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163. tornadodude
10:56 PM GMT on January 19, 2007
ROMO has great potential,also! Even the best of them make mistakes I hope he realizes that!

ain't that the truth!
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162. tornadodude
10:54 PM GMT on January 19, 2007
the Colts beat the Saints in the preseason 27-14 Link
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160. tornadodude
10:52 PM GMT on January 19, 2007
i think he needed a little humility... pay more attention to football then to Carie Underwood...lol he'll be better next year... hopefully...
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158. weatherboykris
10:52 PM GMT on January 19, 2007
I could've held on to that snap.
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157. weatherboykris
10:52 PM GMT on January 19, 2007
besisdes fumblitis i think Romo is a great QB...

Yeah,he really blew it for the Cowboys
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156. tornadodude
10:49 PM GMT on January 19, 2007
besisdes fumblitis i think Romo is a great QB...
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155. weatherboykris
10:48 PM GMT on January 19, 2007
I am a Dolfin fan & I hate the Pats but Mr. Brady and his bunch I think is going to be 4 time winners. The guy is the best QB in the league right now and perhaps ever!


Ever?I think Terry Bradshaw was the best ever.I never saw him play,but I've watched replays and read about him.Vick could've been the best ever,if he would try to improve his passing.
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153. tornadodude
10:44 PM GMT on January 19, 2007
but on to weather... Ok, Tx, Mo, are gettin hammered again...
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152. tornadodude
10:42 PM GMT on January 19, 2007
i Nice game winning field goal by Vinatieri would be satisfying...
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151. weatherboykris
10:41 PM GMT on January 19, 2007
The 18z GFS is showing a vastly different forecast than the 12z,not that that's surprising.The 06z and 18z GFS is usually much less accurate than the 00 and 12z,so we'll need to see how it's reading the situation tonight.
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150. tornadodude
10:39 PM GMT on January 19, 2007
lets hope it is the same this time... if the Colts go to the SuperBowl and lose... id rather them lose to the Saints then the bears... plus its supposed to be some nice weather inside the Dome on sunday...lol
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149. Patrap
4:41 PM CST on January 19, 2007
Okay
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147. Patrap
4:36 PM CST on January 19, 2007
Bears lost their Last NFC Championship to 49ers in Soldier field.In the freezing weather..Was blowout.Both teams arent to be deterred by the elements.Its going to maybe affect the Kicking game.Good for us.More Slash & dash with Duece and Reggie!
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146. tornadodude
10:32 PM GMT on January 19, 2007
oh yeah! 2 teams who have never been, 2 great QBs, a couple of rookie running backs... etc...

the weather for chicago looks interesting for the Saints and bears game...Link
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145. Patrap
4:32 PM CST on January 19, 2007
Crikey Mate!..Itsa Cyclone!...
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144. Patrap
4:31 PM CST on January 19, 2007
Manning vs Brees..Thats Sounds like a Good match UP!...Go Colts..Go Who DATS!
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