I'm Barbara in Germany (Mainz), and I'm interested in weather already for decades.
By: barbamz , 4:34 PM GMT on June 21, 2013
This is a very (!) impressive video of the kind of weather which we had yesterday in parts of Germany. Video was taken in Bavaria (Straubing)
I just had a phone call to my parents, living 45 miles away from my place in southern Hassia. They've experienced a very frightening and very sudden sort of weather explosion yesterday night, downing trees and flooding the basement. Though I gave them a general warning earlier I couldn't warn them of this particular cell because it - as I saw in real time on radar - developed from one moment to the other right over their heads. My mother says she saw a lot of little watersprouds dancing on the flooded street in front of their house during this downburst. She never saw anything like this and she was shaking from fear. - Today my brother in law was busy with his chain saws to clean up the damage in their garden.
This video was taken ca. 55 miles south of my place at Mannheim. Parts of this storm system reached my city Mainz an hour later. A member of a german weather blog managed it to take an impressive photo though it already was quite dark.
Severe thunderstorms have crossed Germany yesterday night, but sparing my city Mainz, only sending some heavy wind gusts and some rains. At other places damage was much worse, but weather is calming down now.
Summarizing reports with a beautiful photo gallery (nice pics of lightnings!) on Spiegel English:
Lightning, Floods, Debris: Thunderstorms Hammer Germany
EuroNews video has some dramatic impressions from Switzerland and France:
Heavy rains continue devastation in Switzerland and France
21/06 00:05 CET
BBC weather video (from yesterday) explains what happened: What a scorcher...
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