Tornado update from Germany

By: barbamz , 7:29 PM GMT on August 10, 2013

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Weather and Environmental News from Germany:

August 26:
Germany: Insurance claims for damage from July hailstorm may exceed $800 million
Industry-wide insurance claims for damage caused by the July hailstorms in Germany are estimated to exceed €600 million ($801.3 million), Reuters reported.
German insurer SV SparkassenVersicherung A.G. raised its damage claims estimate to €600 million. The storm caused €40 million worth of damage every minute. Munich Reinsurance Co. executive Torsten Jeworrek said reinsurance claims are likely to exceed €10 million.


New German video about the aftermath of those hailstorms.
Note: There were two devastating hailstorms in a row in nearly the same region: July 29 and August 6. More about them on my previous blog.


Update August 21 about tornadoes in Germany

As recently on the main blog the question arouse how common tornadoes in Germany would be, I've tried to put together some informations.


Tornado in Wittenberg/Germany, June 2, 2002, Photo Hardy Schmidt. Source.

My attempt to translate a passage in wikipedia: "In Germany, the annual number of observed tornadoes is several dozen, with quite a high number of unreported cases, especially weaker events. Exact figures are not available due to a lack of reliable statistics. According to the figures available about five or more F2-tornados take place every year, F3-tornados are expected to happen every two or three years, and F4-tornados every 20 to 30 years. According to present knowledge a F5-tornado in Germany is an event of the century or even less often."

Informations and maps about tornadoes in Germany until 2005 (not updated any more) can be found on tordach.org in German and thankfully English language as well. Here some quotations:


There are a total of 1027 recorded tornado observations in Germany in the years 855-2005.



Our earliest reliable tornado report dates from 855. Only in the 1800s tornado reports were published more often, but still remained below an average of one per year. In the second half of the 19th century the number of tornado reports rose significantly. This was due to a greater public awareness caused by some strong tornadoes and due to the growing scientific literature on tornadic storms in Germany and other European countries. Also the effort made by Alfred Wegener to obtain a European tornado climatology (cf. Wegener, 1917) led to a reporting frequency of 2 to 3 per year between 1880 and 1910. Higher scrutiny towards severe local storms by researchers and the weather service, as well as the work performed by Johannes Letzmann led to the then highest number of tornado reports in one single decade: 100 cases were recorded from 1930 to 1939. The events of World War II caused the number to plunge to about 1 per year again. From 1950 on the number of reports has always ranged between 40 and 120 per decade. Since about the year 2000, the number of reports has risen dramatically, mainly concerning reports of weak events. This trend is very likely to continue - as shown in the tornado map above, many cases from east Germany remain undiscovered, just as the archives of forest authorities in Germany mostly remain unexplored. So this is mainly a reporting effect and not the footprint of global climate change.

Another useful site by Thomas Saevert tries to track (confirmed) tornado reports in Germany on maps for every year:


2013 so far 8 confirmed tornadoes and 101 suspicious events. Source.


2012 there were 36 confirmed tornadoes and moreover 178 suspicious events.

Latest event August 19, 2013:
August 19:Tornado rips up church campsite, injures 27
The Local, published: 20 Aug 2013 09:32 CET
A tornado tore through a campsite belonging to a church in southern German on Monday afternoon, injuring 27 people, including 16 children aged between 10 and 13 years old.
Triggered by unusually humid weather, the tornado hit the campsite in the Aalen area in the state of Baden-Württemberg. It ripped up two large tents belonging to a local diocese, and damaged eight others. Roofs came off five buildings and trees were uprooted.
There were around 100 children and adults at the campsite, 27 of whom were injured badly enough to need medical help.
One 10-year-old girl had such bad back injuries that she was taken to a Stuttgart hospital by air ambulance. Five others, including three supervising adults, also sustained more serious injuries – mostly broken arms.
The tornado caused an estimated €200,000 of damage to the site. Those who were not physically injured were looked after in a local sports hall, where they were treated for shock.


German video about the aftermath:


Timelapse from another storm August 19 at Nuremberg/Germany.



Smoking Ban: Shipping Shifts to Cleaner Fuel
Spiegel English, By Christian Wüst, August 16
The residential areas along the banks of the Elbe River in Hamburg are among the city's most desirable neighborhoods, home to established merchant families. The views are magnificent, but sometimes the air quality is not.
Outdoor furniture and windowsills are often coated with a black, oily residue. The affected residents can only take comfort in the fact that they are being subjected to the excretions of an industry that has made Hamburg rich.
Ships are the dirt eaters of our mobile society, and although their contribution to global pollution is only minor (see graphic), they are a nuisance on a local scale. Their diesel engines burn heavy oil, the dregs of refineries. "It's more like a thick mush than a liquid," says Christoph Brockmann, vice president of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency in Hamburg. The highly viscous material has to be heated to 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) so that it can be pumped through the fuel lines and into the engine.
Out of the chimney then comes the muck. Brockmann has a few photos on his mobile phone showing ship smokestacks emitting plumes of black and yellow smoke. Black is soot and yellow is sulfur. "These photos are ugly," says Brockmann, "we don't want that anymore."

A Cleaner Alternative

Brockmann, who has a degree in oceanography, says that one of the drivers of change is an epochal switch in ship fuel from heavy oil to natural gas. It is the greatest possible leap the spectrum of hydrocarbons offers -- from the dirtiest to the cleanest fossil fuel. Fortunately, diesel engines tolerate both.
Transportation Minister Peter Ramsauer also wants this change. On Friday, he attended a presentation involving the testing of exhaust gases from a Caterpillar ship engine in Warnemünde, a seaside district of the northeastern port city of Rostock. The six-cylinder engine generates about five megawatts of power and can be switched from heavy oil to natural gas while running. The output remains the same, but pollutants disappear almost completely. Sulfur dioxide and soot levels sink to almost zero, while nitrous gases are reduced to about 20 percent.
Natural gas is actually usable on ships in its densest storage form, liquefied natural gas (LNG), which is cooled to -160 degrees Celsius and liquefied. In Scandinavia, some ferries are already operating on LNG. And Brockmann estimates that the freighters commonly used in the Baltic Sea could be operated with LNG with only minor reductions in cargo space.
Ramsauer is already talking about an "LNG National Action Plan," and German gas company Linde formed a joint venture last year with Hamburg ship fuel provider Bomin, to develop LNG infrastructure around the major ports in the North and Baltic Sea region. The first planned locations are in Hamburg, Bremerhaven and Rotterdam. ...

Whole article see link above





Porpoises return to Germany's revived rivers
Deutsche Welle English, August 12
Just a few years ago, many German rivers were ecological wastelands. The fish had ulcers and the porpoises died out. Today, the rivers are thriving. Can lessons from the banks of the Elbe save rivers around the world?
Plastic garbage floats on the water. Fish appear more dead than alive as they gasp for air on the surface. Horror scenes from all corners of the globe emerge as unfortunate testaments to the world's polluted waters. Just a few years ago, German river landscapes reflected similarly distressing images. But now, even porpoises - close relatives of the dolphin - are making a comeback in German waters.
The Elbe River especially, from its source in the Czech Republic to its mouth beyond Hamburg in the North Sea, was considered doomed. Until German reunification in 1990, the German Democratic Republic dumped untreated sewage directly into the river.
Researchers determined that in 1988 a cocktail of pollutants were transported by the Elbe to the sea. The toxic ingredients included 16,000 tons of nitrogen, 10,000 tons of phosphorous, 23 tons of mercury and 3 tons of the highly toxic chemical compound pentachlorophenol. ...
How was the river rescued? The closure of many East German factories, the continuous treatment of waste water and the implementation of stricter environmental regulations saved the Elbe, along with other German rivers, Veit Hennig said. Anglers and swimmers are now commonplace on the Elbe, as well as other German waterways. Even the animals, like porpoises, are returning.
On the banks of the Elbe river in Hamburg, whale researcher Veit Hennig explained why the porpoises are returning to the Elbe from the North Sea.
"The observation rates have been increasing for the past four years," Hennig said. This past year alone, he said there were 200 chance sightings. ...




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From my town Mainz:
August 10, 2013

Okay, our cruisers aren't as big as the ones in the Caribbean, and Rhine River isn't that huge as the ocean, but as you see we are trying to catch up to Florida at least in the category "atmosphere". I've spend this summer afternoon at Mainz Beach and had a nice time.
Note, the platform for beachvolleyball was completely inundated two months ago during the period of highwater, though most of the European flooding still was east of us.






The little natural beach on the other side of the River at Mainz-Kastel with its Reduit in the background (former casern from 19th century; but many centuries ago the Romans were already there with their military buildings, protecting their bridge over Rhine River).




My personal view of the scenery, lol.


Here my little attempt to serve as a sports reporter, lol, with a youtube video. This afternoon there was a charity beachvolleyball match at Mainz Neach between some professionals and a promi team, consisting of Thomas Tuchel, coach of our local soccer team which is playing in the first German soccer league, Hans-Peter Betz, a famous TV speaker and actor in carnival time, when he is starring as Johannes Gutenberg, who once invented printing in Mainz, and a lady from a nearby volleyball team. The promi team won. The money is for children with cancer.

August, 15:


Pic from my balcony-terrace in the middle of the town, showing gigantic hollyhocks. The watering of all the stuff costs me a fortune, lol, and usually there is at least one blackbird dwelling between the pots and lurking for raisins and apples. And it will get some every day as it has been very dry the last two months and I doubt the bird will find many earthworms in the parks nearby.


Drought monitor for Germany since June 1, 2013


European news:

40,000 lightning bolts strike Italy in a day
The Local / Italy, published: 28 Aug 2013 15:55 GMT+02:00
Summer came to an electric end in Italy on Tuesday as 40,000 lightning strikes rained down on the country, an expert told The Local.


Severe weather in Italy including tornadoes August 25/26/27. More see comment section.



CO2 vents. Credit: Plymouth University

Insight into marine life's ability to adapt to climate change
Phys.org. 7 hours ago
A study into marine life around an underwater volcanic vent in the Mediterranean, might hold the key to understanding how some species will be able to survive in increasingly acidic sea water should anthropogenic climate change continue.
Researchers have discovered that some species of polychaete worms are able to modify their metabolic rates to better cope with and thrive in waters high in carbon dioxide (CO2), which is otherwise poisonous to other, often closely-related species.
The study sheds new light on the robustness of some marine species and the relative resilience of marine biodiversity should atmospheric CO2 continue to cause ocean acidification.
A team of scientists led by Plymouth University, and including colleagues from the Naples Zoological Station in Ischia; the Marine Ecology Laboratory ENEA in La Spezia, Italy; the University of Texas Galveston; and the University of Hull, conducted a three-year research project into the potential mechanisms that species of worm polychaetes use to live around the underwater CO2 vent of Ischia in Southern Italy.
The researchers collected specimens found in waters characterised by either elevated or low levels of CO2, and placed them in specially-constructed 'transplantation chambers', which were then lowered into areas both within and away from the volcanic vent.
They monitored the responses of the worms and found that one of the species that had been living inside the CO2 vent was physiologically and genetically adapted to the acidic conditions, whilst another was able to survive inside the vent by adjusting its metabolism. ...

Whole article see link above.



Photo source: Wikipedia

Splashdown: The re-entry test
EuroNews video: 25/08 19:43 CET
Europe’s newest spacecraft, the IXV, or Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, has moved a step closer to its planned launch in 2014.
The craft completed a pre-launch test off the coast of Sardinia, which involved it being dropped into the Mediterranean from a height of 3,000 metres.
For the most part the vehicle performed perfectly during the test, with parachutes deploying as expected. However, just after splashdown a problem arose, as the inflatable devices which should add support to the buoyant IXV once it is in the water had failed to inflate. ...




Black grouse population boosted by good weather
BBC, 24 August 2013 Last updated at 13:10 GMT
Warm weather has resulted in a record-breaking breeding season for rare black grouse, conservationists have said.
The birds were once common in southern England, but are now found only in four upland areas in Northumberland, County Durham, North Yorkshire and Cumbria.
An annual breeding count by Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) count found that, on average each hen had produced more than four chicks.
This was almost four times the number reared in previous years.
Some hens were spotted with 10 or 11 young.
Dr Phil Warren from the GWCT described this as "quite exceptional"...



More rare sightings of sea creatures in Europe:
Dolphin spotted swimming miles up River Dee
Experts believe the common dolphin, which is more usually found at sea, must have chased fish up the river
Press Association / The Guardian, Wednesday 21 August 2013 16.16 BST

European forests near carbon saturation point
EuroNew Video, 19/08 07:36 CET
A new study has warned that Europe’s forests are showing signs of reaching saturation point in their ability to absorb carbon dioxide....

Drought shrivels harvest in Central Europe
Deutsche Welle English, August 16, 2013
Farmers in Austria and Hungary are rethinking climate change as a bitter drought tears through their fields. How will they grow food if the weather is so unpredictable? ...
For farmers in Austria and across the border in Hungary this is just the latest bout of extreme weather to ravage their fields. In March, temperatures dropped to record lows. This was followed in May and June by some of the worst flooding the region has seen in recent history. Now, high temperatures and poor rainfall threaten to wipeout what is left of this year's harvest...
... In the more mountainous parts of Austria, it's usual for cows to come down from the Alpine meadows at the end of summer; fat and content from the lush green grass. But this year, in some parts of the country, the cows are already down from the Alm because there is no grass and in some cases no water. Farmers in the Alps and, like Christian Schmidt in the croplands of the east, are wondering what changes they need to make in order to survive.
“One can't suddenly, because of one year, plant olive trees – they would probably freeze in the winter,” he said. However Schmidt believes that in the long term the “rotation of crops” and their varieties will have to change....



VIDEO: Divers swim with whale off Norway
The local, published: 15 Aug 2013 10:16 GMT+02:00
Two intrepid Norwegian free divers swum for two hours underwater next to the whale which strayed into a bay near Bergen last week, shooting some amazing video footage.


Wow, that's a road, lol! Rostov/Russia.

13.08.2013: If you think your local roads are bad, take a look at this examples of crap workmanship near Rostov, Russia. The road turned into an asphalt moguls run after some recent flooding.


Killer Fish With Teeth? Danish Swimmers Escape Waters Fearing Killer Fish
Science Daily, Aug. 12, 2013 — The capture in the Danish/Swedish strait of Oresund of a fish some twenty centimeters in size and with long sharp teeth has caused Danish swimmers to leave the water fearing an invasion of meat eating killer fish, Piranhas. There is however no cause for panic say experts. The fish, though exotic, is a Pacu, not a piranha. None the less they caution male swimmers to protect their privates when swimming in the sound. ...


World wide weather and environmental news:

Africa: Desert Plantations Could Help Capture Carbon
By Nehal Lasheen and Imogen Mathers, 26 August 2013
Planting trees in coastal deserts could capture carbon dioxide, reduce harsh desert temperatures, boost rainfall, revitalise soils and produce cheap biofuels, say scientists.
Large-scale plantations of the hardy jatropha tree, Jatropha curcas, could help sequester carbon dioxide through a process known as 'carbon farming', according to a study based on data gathered in Mexico and Oman that was published in Earth System Dynamics last month (31 July).
Each hectare of the tree could soak up 17-25 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, they say, at a cost of 42-63 euros (about US$56-84) per tonne of gas, the paper says. This makes the technique competitive with high-tech carbon capture and storage.
Klaus Becker, the study's lead author and director of carbon sequestration consultancy Atmosphere Protect, says that a jatropha plantation covering just three per cent of the Arabian Desert could absorb all the carbon dioxide produced by cars in Germany over two decades.
"Our models show that, because of plantations, average desert temperatures go down by 1.1 degree Celsius, which is a lot," Becker says. He adds that the plantations would also induce rainfall in desert areas.
Jatropha, which is a biofuel crop, needs little water, and coastal plantations would be irrigated through desalination, Becker says. ...


Interesting article on Jatropha Curcas on Wiki.


Piura’s first neem tree was planted 14 years ago. They often live up to 200 years

An interesting story of hope:
Using neem trees to combat desertification
Deutsche Welle English, August 13
It requires little water, grows fast and lays deep root - we're referring to the neem. An intiative to plant the "miracle" trees in Peru’s arid north has proven to be a boon for the climate and local communities, too. ...

Wikipedia about the neem tree.


Published 14.08.2013
150 Thousand People Affected in Sudan Flood. Heavy rains and flash floods in Sudan have killed at least 36 people and forced thousands to leave their homes. The number of people affected by this month's flooding in Sudan has climbed to about 150000 and is expected to rise further. Young people use social media to draw attention to thousands left without shelter, food and clean water.


Southern Africa: Severe Drought Puts Millions At Risk in Angola and Namibia
15 August 2013
Johannesburg/Windhoek/Luanda — As one of the worst droughts in 30 years grips the southern African countries of Angola and Namibia, the threat of hunger, malnutrition, disease and lost livelihoods is growing.
After almost three decades of low seasonal rainfall and a second year of failed rains, more than 778,000 people are either severely or moderately food insecure in northern Namibia. These include an estimated 109,000 children under the age of five at risk of acute malnutrition. An estimated 1.5 million people in southern Angola are now food insecure. ...



Spaceweather:

Sprite, With Video At 10,000 Fps
Taken by Jason Ahrns on August 12, 2013 @ Southern Nebraska

Video: Perseid Meteor Shower 2013
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63. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
6:05 PM GMT on August 29, 2013
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62. barbamz
8:12 PM GMT on August 28, 2013
Tonight eastern Spain is in with wild thunderstorms:



Tormenta sobre Javea 28 agosto 2013
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61. barbamz
4:41 PM GMT on August 27, 2013

Video published August 2. Translation of the subtitle on youtube: Tornadoes on the whole coast, from Ladispoli in Santa Marinella and Santa Severa where today the state of natural disaster was declared. Fallen trees also in Lavinio, near Anzio. A double tornado at Anzio on the coast fortunately did not reach the beach.



The affected coastline:



Entry to a subway station in Rome/Italy.

Edit a day later, when news in English finally are out:

40,000 lightning bolts strike Italy in a day
The Local / Italy, published: 28 Aug 2013 15:55 GMT 02:00

Summer came to an electric end in Italy on Tuesday as 40,000 lightning strikes rained down on the country, an expert told The Local.
The stormy weather also brought deafening thunder and heavy rain, causing power cuts and the closure of part of Rome%u2019s metro.
%u201CYesterday there were around 40,000 lightning strikes and 950,000 so far this year,%u201D Marina Bernardi, spokeswoman for the organization which charts lightning strikes in Italy (SIRF), told The Local.
With four months of the year still to go, Italy is already well ahead of the average 1.5 million strikes it experiences annually.
Although yesterday%u2019s bad weather kept many Italians indoors, it is still a far cry from the 100,000 bolts which shot down on 16 September 2004 - the heaviest lightning shower since 1995. ...
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60. barbamz
10:13 AM GMT on August 27, 2013
More on the "seamonster" topic:

Jellyfish invade Mediterranean beaches
Deutsche Welle English, August 26, 2013
A spike in the number of Mediterranean jellyfish this summer has many European tourists playing it safe in the sand, rather than in the surf. Scientists say overfishing and climate change are to blame.
Scientists say it is an increasingly typical summertime scene in Mediterranean holiday spots: turquoise waters, white sands and hoards of tourists - but no-one in the water. The reason? Jellyfish.
"There's evidence that this is 'the year of the jellyfish,'" Stefano Piraino, a marine biologist at the University of Salerno in Italy, told DW. Piraino says there's been a steady increase in the number of jellyfish in the Mediterranean Sea for years. There has been a major spike this summer, as temperatures hit high levels early in the holiday season.
Most species of jellyfish in the Mediterranean are harmless. Nevertheless, an estimated 150,000 people are treated for jellyfish stings across the region each year and the trend is rising.
Overfishing by coastal communities is just one reason for the recent rise in jellyfish in the Mediterranean.

One problem, multiple causes
"If we get rid of all the fish, we reduce the jellyfish's competitors," Piraino explains. "It means we leave more food in the environment, and jellyfish are very smart and use these available resources," Piraino said.
Piraino also warns that climate change could be playing a role. As the Mediterranean Sea slowly warms, even by a degree or two over time, jellyfish can reproduce faster, Piraino said. Reproductive rates for jellyfish are normally already higher than for normal fish. An increase in water temperature could create a big problem moving forward.
New warm-water jellyfish species can also now survive in waters that were previously too cold for them. "There are a number of alien species coming from the Red Sea, so tropical and subtropical species have entered the Mediterranean Sea from the Suez Canal," he said.
The biggest jellyfish swarms this year have been sighted in the eastern Mediterranean, closer to the Suez Canal. One species found there is a stinging jellyfish, called Rhopilema nomadica. It is now listed by the European Union as one of the most invasive marine species in European waters....

Whole article see link above
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59. barbamz
9:45 AM GMT on August 27, 2013


Superb sequence of lightning in front of Genoa, saved by Limet webcam, installed at Monte Fasce.(Photo is from the night from Saturday to Sunday)
Posted Monday, August 26, 2013 by Daniele Laiosa in Buongiorno Liguria

The thunderstorm activity has dominated the Ligurian night scenes in the past 48 hours. After the eventful front in the night between Saturday and Sunday has dispensed a lightning storm - in particular on the central-eastern Europe - new impulses have affected the coast late yesterday afternoon from La Spezia to Savona.



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58. barbamz
5:59 PM GMT on August 26, 2013

MCS when it left Tunisia.


Cloud top temperatures.


Big MCS (Mesoscale Convective System) heading into Sicily right now. (Saved picture, won't update).


Saved loop.

Edit some hours later: Palermo at the northwestern tip of Sicily is under the blob now. Reports come in from very strong wind and thunderstorms.



Google translation of an Italian news article:
A terrible storm of wind and rain has hit at 21.30 on common Vsllr Belice, from Castelvetrano at Memphis, from Selinunte Porto Palo and then again in Salemi, Sambuca, Santa Margherita and Montevago. Even a tornado in the area of Tonnarella of Mazara del Vallo
The perturbation coming from the sea was tossed with lightning rain and strong wind gusts. Several branches uprooted by the strong sirocco wind. In the coming hours we will proceed to the verification of any damage caused by the violent storm.




Another finding in an Italian blog, probably from earlier:
Weather Alert, Huge Mcc to Sicily ... Risk storms in the next few hours!
Forty89 August 26, 2013
A storm of enormous size, as you can see from the shot satellite that we propose, is about to hit Sicily. A storm system known as MCC (Mesoscale Convective Complex: thunder mesoscale systems born from the union of several cells close to each other in various stages of evolution, much more rare, but at the same time more powerful) with a diameter exceeding 300 km is affecting Western Sicily with thunderstorms, hail and tornadoes throughout the Agrigento and Trapani. In these minutes the huge system from Tunisia is moving towards the North East by recording the first phenomena also in Palermo. Maximum attention, therefore, to possible storms and intense lightning storms on the north-west Sicily in the next few minutes, and in the coming hours.



Another report is coming in:
As widely expected the strong storm that hit during the afternoon Tunisia (it was an MCS) has quickly moved in the direction of Sicily, where during the evening hours very strong rains have begun to fall mainly on the west side of the island.
A real storm broke loose a little after 21:40 in the area between Trapani and Palermo, with discomfort especially in Mazzara del Vallo on the west coast of the island. Heavy Showers in Palermo, with gusts of wind that have sometimes reached almost 100 km / h.
In Sicily, however, in particular the central-western part, are reported precipitations also of strong intensity, with scattered hailstorms and widespread inconvenience especially for road traffic due to flooding.
Meanwhile, the instability is gradually accentuating also on the central and southern regions; weather is in fact getting worse between Lazio and Campania, while also isolated showers are reported between Piedmont, Ligurian hinterland, north of Sardinia, Lombardy and Emilia Romagna.


Lightning activity over Sicily is waning now. Animation.

New report:
(GG) A violent wind storm was about to make a killing. Last night, at around 22.30 in the marina of San Nicola l'Arena, in Trabia, in Palermo, an inflatable amusement accomodation was swept away by strong gusts of wind and sand, destroying it at the retaining wall of the harbor. Luckily, all the children in the building were rescued just in time, before the inflatable was blown away.
It was a quarter of an hour of panic. Dozens of parents in tears, in the midst of the storm, looking for their children. At first, it was feared the worst to one of the children that was thought to be stuck inside the structure. Suspicion, thankfully, entirely unfounded.
Not only fear, but also anger arouse among those present. "If at that inflatable there was my son, I do not know how I would react, - a man screaming - the structure was not tied to the ground, that's how it will ensure the safety for our children?". Have taken place promptly the police, since the playground is located right in front of the barracks of St. Nicholas. It will be up to them to clarify any responsibility.



Genova, northern Italy, August 26, where a storm hit as well.

A lot of people just enjoy these rains after days of heat and drought :)

Laura C. @ 7m Paroladilaura (translated)
In bed with the window open, I love these low temperatures and the smell of rain


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57. barbamz
4:41 PM GMT on August 26, 2013
Quoting 56. palmettobug53:
Well, I sure was wrong, wasn't I? lol


Yes you were, lol. But when this video first emerged guesses from people about the thing were even much wilder ...
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56. palmettobug53
4:16 PM GMT on August 26, 2013
Well, I sure was wrong, wasn't I? lol
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55. palmettobug53
4:15 PM GMT on August 26, 2013
Without looking at the answer, I say it's a fishing net.
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54. barbamz
1:08 PM GMT on August 26, 2013
Hey, visitors on my overcrowded little blog, lol, hope you're all as fine as dolphin Davina back in her homeland, errr, homesea. And nice to meet you, palmettobug, too.

Here's a weird contribution to the seamonster topic:



Solution of the riddle what it is:
Deepstaria enigmatica
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53. airman45
12:35 PM GMT on August 26, 2013
Until she chases some more fish up the river!
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52. sandiquiz
11:07 AM GMT on August 26, 2013
Good morning to you ....
It is a Bank Holiday here, and for a change the sun has come out and the temperature is raising, so the roads to the coast will be clogged with traffic!

Update on the dolphin..:)

"The RNLI lifeboat from Connah's Quay has released the dolphin, originally nicknamed 'Dave', but then re-named 'Davina' after she was identified as being female, out to sea and watched her sail away into the blue yonder!"
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51. palmettobug53
11:03 PM GMT on August 25, 2013
What an interesting selection of topics, Barb.

And I see this is where Mike, Karen, airman and Sandi have been hiding out! lol

Seafarers of old used maps that would indicate unknown area with the warning, "Here be monsters."

They weren't too far off. Modern man happily trips off to the beach and into the water, not realizing what dangers are out there.

As your and Mike mentioned, it's not necessarily the 'monsters' that might get you. It's the rip currents.

Years ago, I saw a family with young children, as I was walking along one of our local beaches. They had found a beached jellyfish and were examining it. With their bare hands. I politely warned them that, even if the jellyfish was dead, the tentacles could still cause painful stings. They had no idea.

They were not locals; they were visitors from some state in the Midwestern U.S.

I think the local hotels and resort areas should provide some type of pamphlet to educate visitors but they might be afraid that something like that might 'scare off' business.

Better scared than injured or dead.
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50. clearlakemike
8:51 PM GMT on August 25, 2013
Quoting 49. barbamz:
Hey Mike, thanks for your thoughts about sharks. I totally agree. Big waters just aren't the element man is made for. Skippers in former times knew how dangerous sea is and that a lot of dreadful "monsters" will lurk beneath surface. But modern man - at least the lot of humans in the modern civilisations - often look at the powers of nature just as some convenient accomodation which is always at hand for pleasure and profit. What sometimes turns out to be erroneous.

Many years ago I once swam unwatched by anyone in the Mediterranean between a greek island and the nearby coast of Turkey. Strong rip currents - like a river - nearly turned me out to sea. And when I was a child I once nearly drowned in high surf. I thought it would be fun to go into the water where waves were the highest, but despite me beeing quite a good swimmer and diver the waves were stronger and they were looking really menacing when I was in the water with just my head above surface. Since then I got some respect, lol, and especially the monster waves at Hawaii - huhh, hard for me to even look at them in a video.


Airman, thanks for the report from Stuttgart. I hope we'll enjoy a nice late summer and autumn. Some nice rains and even a little exciting weather in between sunshine would be nice, though.

Busy week ahead for me. Best whishes for your new week, too!


Barbara, a friend of mine who is very acquainted with Hawaiian culture told me once that the Hawaiians of yesteryear would not go into the ocean during August (because of the sharks presumably.) Yes, you have to respect the ocean and open seas especially. My sister and I got caught in a strong riptide off the coast of Cape Cod when we were children and struggled to get back on shore. I don't know about her but I have never forgot that. Also being tossed about in big waves off the California coast has made me wary of them too, lol. Yes, the monster waves in Hawaii are not for 'amateurs'.
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49. barbamz
8:16 PM GMT on August 25, 2013
Hey Mike, thanks for your thoughts about sharks. I totally agree. Big waters just aren't the element man is made for. Skippers in former times knew how dangerous sea is and that a lot of dreadful "monsters" will lurk beneath surface. But modern man - at least the lot of humans in the modern civilisations - often look at the powers of nature just as some convenient accomodation which is always at hand for pleasure and profit. What sometimes turns out to be erroneous.

Many years ago I once swam unwatched by anyone in the Mediterranean between a greek island and the nearby coast of Turkey. Strong rip currents - like a river - nearly turned me out to sea. And when I was a child I once nearly drowned in high surf. I thought it would be fun to go into the water where waves were the highest, but despite me beeing quite a good swimmer and diver the waves were stronger and they were looking really menacing when I was in the water with just my head above surface. Since then I got some respect, lol, and especially the monster waves at Hawaii - huhh, hard for me to even look at them in a video.


Airman, thanks for the report from Stuttgart. I hope we'll enjoy a nice late summer and autumn. Some nice rains and even a little exciting weather in between sunshine would be nice, though.

Busy week ahead for me. Best whishes for your new week, too!
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48. airman45
4:44 PM GMT on August 25, 2013
Hi Barbara,

Only light drizzle today in Stuttgart, barely any rain to measure. It is cool, at 18C all day. It should get dryer and warmer as the week goes on.
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47. clearlakemike
4:33 PM GMT on August 25, 2013
Quoting 38. barbamz:


I've just read that the young German woman who was hurt by that shark in Hawaii has died. Very sad!

Swimmer who lost arm in Hawaii shark attack dies
The Local, published: 22 Aug 2013 08:22 CET
A young German woman who was attacked by a shark and had her right arm bitten off died on Wednesday at a hospital in Hawaii, medics said.
Jana Lutteropp, 20, died at Maui Memorial Medical Center after spending seven days on life support and in critical condition.
She had been snorkelling in murky waters not far from the shore on the island of Maui when she was attacked by a shark last Wednesday.
A hospital spokeswoman, Carol Clark, released a statement from Lutteropp's mother and sister, Jutta Lutteropp and Julia Brske, that said the young woman had fought hard to survive the attack, the Maui News reported.
The statement said: "We are sad to say that she lost her fight today. Jana was a very beautiful, strong, young woman who was always laughing, and we will forever remember her that way.%u201D
It was the seventh shark attack in Hawaiian waters this year, and the fourth in Maui.
AFP/jcw


Barbara, the dolphin swimming up the river, perhaps chasing fish, reminded me of one theorist's explanation for the dramatic increase in shark attacks. They theorized that over fishing has caused the sharks to come in closer and mistake the ever increasing humans in the water as food. Anyway, as I mentioned on my blog, the DLNR is going to begin studying the sharks at some point.

My condolences to the young woman's family and friends. Very sad for her vacation (and her young life) to end so tragically.

I had also read that there was a proposal to have the airlines present an ocean safety presentation on the incoming flights to Hawaii. Many visitors come here unaware of the potential dangers of the ocean. Not only shark attacks but drownings are frequent as well. Sometimes from over exertion (heart attacks) but also the ocean here is very unpredictable. It may look calm when you get in for a swim but can change very quickly due to rapid weather and ocean current changes. The waves and currents come across thousands of miles of open ocean to these relatively little islands and are a very powerful natural force.
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46. barbamz
2:24 PM GMT on August 25, 2013
Circulation of a low over central Europe brings us convection from the East which won't happen too often. In Mainz we've picked up 24 mm (0,95 inches) since yesterday afternoon by calm and steady rains. Really nice and welcomed. I love to listen to the soothing sound of these rains :) Parts of Swabia and Bavaria got a lot more rain and more is expected (some pics of a storm here); warnings are out. Moreover strong thunderstorms are taking place over southern Italy.







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45. barbamz
12:17 AM GMT on August 25, 2013
Hey Nigel, glad you're not in a drought any longer.

We needed some rain in central parts of Germany too, and today we got some gentle summer rains without strong winds or hail. Here a little impression from our weekend garden northeast of Frankfurt. Family already fled into the house, lol, and is chattering in the background ...

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44. nigel20
7:38 PM GMT on August 23, 2013
Quoting barbamz:


Thanks Nigel! I hope you're well on your beautiful island. Quiet times now, surprisingly, but this may change. Nature apparently was somehow delayed this year, at least in my part of the hemisphere, but it may catch up soon.

Yes indeed! We've been getting a lot more rain in recent weeks. This will go a far way in helping to replenish the reservoirs that are currently at danger levels. I'm hoping that we'll have little or no impact from storms/hurricanes this season, especially due to the current economic problems within the Caribbean.
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43. barbamz
6:56 PM GMT on August 23, 2013
Thanks Brian and Sandi - great news with the Dolphin!!
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42. sandiquiz
11:12 AM GMT on August 23, 2013
Latest on the Dolphin :)

A dolphin has been rescued after swimming miles up the River Dee in Flintshire four days ago.

The grey and white mammal became stuck on sandbanks on Thursday at Saltney Ferry, near Chester.

An RNLI lifeboat hoisted the dolphin out of the water before carrying it out to sea, according to the British Divers Marine Life Rescue.
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41. BaltimoreBrian
2:02 AM GMT on August 23, 2013
German grain harvest higher despite floods
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40. barbamz
7:49 PM GMT on August 22, 2013


Dolphin spotted swimming miles up River Dee
Experts believe the common dolphin, which is more usually found at sea, must have chased fish up the river
Press Association / The Guardian, Wednesday 21 August 2013 16.16 BST

A dolphin is being monitored by a marine rescue charity after it swam miles up a Welsh river and into English waters.
Marine experts think the common dolphin, which is usually more at home in the deep seawater of the Bay of Biscay off France, must have been chasing fish up the Dee in north Wales.
The disoriented creature was first spotted by the public in Connah's Quay docks in Flintshire, north Wales, on Monday but then swam further up river to Saltney.
It carried on upstream and was most recently seen near Chester racecourse.
Locals have been tweeting pictures of the mammal jumping and flipping out of the water. ...


Whole article see link above. And here is a follow up article:

The River Dee dolphin and other adventurous marine life
The Guardian, August 22, 2013
Wednesday's sighting may be unusual - but it certainly isn't unique. Here is a roundup of some other unlikely sea-creature enounters in British waters ...

...Whales and dolphins swimming where they should not be confront our communality. Faced with such animals out of their usual context - a natural history documentary or a cute YouTube clip - we suddenly realise how like us they are, and vice versa. For centuries we got away with abusing cetaceans because they were presumed to be "fish". Now we know better. And while the Dee dolphin leaping against a backdrop of riverside apartments looks arresting, the image gets a bit more complicated when you consider that its apparently joyful leap is more likely to be a desperate attempt to scope its surroundings and get the hell out of there.

I hope the dolphin will find it's way back to sea. Good luck!
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39. barbamz
12:29 PM GMT on August 22, 2013
Hey Airman, hey Sandi, thanks for visiting again. Yes, it's cooler now in Germany, esp. during the nights, but during the day it's still summerly. Today my town Mainz again is in the red zone of 27C, but this isn't dramatic of course. I've just transported my big fan back to the attic, where it should remain for the next heat wave next summer (?). Have a nice weekend, which will be a busy one for me (family meeting in the weekend garden).

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38. barbamz
12:32 PM GMT on August 22, 2013
Quoting 13. clearlakemike:


omg, Barbara, I didn't know she was German until now...I saw the story in the Mauinews blog yesterday but she was not identified yet. Yes, really bad vacation...I hope she recovers. Sharks love the murky water.


I've just read that the young German woman who was hurt by that shark in Hawaii has died. Very sad!

Swimmer who lost arm in Hawaii shark attack dies
The Local, published: 22 Aug 2013 08:22 CET
A young German woman who was attacked by a shark and had her right arm bitten off died on Wednesday at a hospital in Hawaii, medics said.
Jana Lutteropp, 20, died at Maui Memorial Medical Center after spending seven days on life support and in critical condition.
She had been snorkelling in murky waters not far from the shore on the island of Maui when she was attacked by a shark last Wednesday.
A hospital spokeswoman, Carol Clark, released a statement from Lutteropp's mother and sister, Jutta Lutteropp and Julia Bröske, that said the young woman had fought hard to survive the attack, the Maui News reported.
The statement said: "We are sad to say that she lost her fight today. Jana was a very beautiful, strong, young woman who was always laughing, and we will forever remember her that way.”
It was the seventh shark attack in Hawaiian waters this year, and the fourth in Maui.
AFP/jcw
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37. sandiquiz
10:26 AM GMT on August 22, 2013
Great video of the Thunder and Lightning on the 21st, and clever you for making a video with music that opens when the blog does.

It doesn't worry me, as I have my volume muted because another WU fiend has a video that opens as the blog is pulled up, and it makes me jump each time! lol

Cloudy and damp here, with humidity at 93% - It is sticky!
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36. airman45
6:27 AM GMT on August 22, 2013
A nice, clear sunny morning in Stuttgart today, about 10C. I am happy the high temperatures are over.
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35. barbamz
11:30 PM GMT on August 21, 2013
I've just figured out how to make a youtube video with music automatically running ;) Please tell me if it's too disturbing. (Edit: autoplay is meanwhile deactivated.)

It's from my favourite UK-group "I am Kloot". Song: "Storm warning".



Hell for leather, lathered, drunk, you're soused,
You're pissed, you're sunk,
The juke box now is drunk, just along the way.....
I had a call on saturday to say I'd thrown
My friends away, reversed the charges on 'em all,
I made a lot of calls.

Is there a storm coming or are we just another shower,
Is this a storm warning,
Has someone just cut the power,
Is there a storm coming or are we just another shower,
Is there a storm coming, coming, coming.

I would have kept you free from harm rang the bells or
Raised alarms,
I would have kept them all at bay,
Except I thought I heard you say,
You're the leper boy you can't come in,
The moneky god is now you're king, you're out,
You're in, you're out,
You're in, you're out,

Is there a storm coming or are we just another shower,
Is this a storm warning,
Has someone just cut the power,
Is there a storm coming or are we just another shower,
Is there a storm coming, coming, coming.
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34. barbamz
9:37 PM GMT on August 21, 2013
Quoting 32. nigel20:
Awesome blog post, barbamz...thanks for sharing!


Thanks Nigel! I hope you're well on your beautiful island. Quiet times now, surprisingly, but this may change. Nature apparently was somehow delayed this year, at least in my part of the hemisphere, but it may catch up soon.
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33. barbamz
9:35 PM GMT on August 21, 2013
Welcome, Airman, I'm glad you've enjoyed these little informations. And thank you very much for sharing your interesting recent observations! As I've learned in respect to the US a real tornado assessment would only be done if there is damage to houses and persons. I guess it's the same in Germany. So a lot of tornadoes in Germany would pass by undetected or at least unconfirmed.
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32. nigel20
9:29 PM GMT on August 21, 2013
Awesome blog post, barbamz...thanks for sharing!
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31. airman45
7:14 PM GMT on August 21, 2013
Barbara,

Thank you for the very interesting story on tornadoes in Germany. During the series of severe storms a few weeks ago, I am sure a number of tornadoes developed in those.

When I ride my bicycle to work a few days a week, about 29 kilometers, most of which is on bike paths in the woods, I saw one place where rows of trees were laying over across the path. The tree destruction was only 20 or so meters wide and looked like several hundred meters long. All trees around this were untouched. This definitely looked like a small tornado path. Since it only occured in this small area in the woods, it was probably never detected.

Also, in the farm fields around my area, the fields of wheat or barley definitely had "paths" of flattened areas going through them. The crop was just abou to be harvested, so it was tall and vulnerable. Could have been sudden downdrafts in the storms, but it had a straight pathway look.
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30. barbamz
5:17 PM GMT on August 21, 2013

Awesome photo of storms approaching southern Italy (Calabria), taken from astronaut Luca Parmitano on board of the ISS. Source of the pic.

Link: What those storms are doing right now (lightning animation).


Convective storms over Southern Italy / Sicily earlier today. Source.


Sicily in the early hours of August 21.
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29. barbamz
11:03 PM GMT on August 19, 2013

Quite a beast! Tornado in Kasachstan, uploaded August 19.
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28. barbamz
6:47 PM GMT on August 19, 2013
This sort of sport is just getting out of control!

Canadian killed base jumping in Italy
The Local/ Italy, Published: 19 Aug 2013 17:04 GMT+02:00
A Canadian base jumper died in northern Italy on Monday, after a thousand-metre fall went wrong in the Trentino-Alto Adige region in northern Italy. ...


Safety fears as fifth wingsuit flyer dies in Alps
The Local / France, Published: 19 Aug 2013 09:42 GMT+02:00
The dangers of the extreme sport of wingsuit flying are once again being highlighted after the third fatal accident in a week in the Alps and the fifth this summer. The deaths come after a ban on base jumping with wingsuits was recently lifted by authorities in Chamonix. (WITH VIDEO)

In the latest death to hit the sport of wingsuit flying, a 41-year-old Frenchman was killed on Saturday after jumping from the summit of the Dent de l’Arclusaz (2, 041m) near the village of Saint-Pierre d’Albigny. ...

Earlier last week Briton Mark Sutton, a paratrooper who took part in the memorable James Bond stunt at the London Olympics, died while wingsuit flying. Sutton hit a ridge near the town of Martigny, Switzerland, close to the border with France. ...

Other professionals denounce the irresponsibility of some jumpers, who are to eager for the thrills and not prepared to learn the skills.

“You need to pass through the levels step by step before moving on," wingsuit teacher Stéphane Zunino the Alps told French rado Europe1.

"Often people take short cuts because things are not going fast enough for them. They want to go straight to higher places where the flying is better.

“We have many people contacting us, without ever having done a skydive from a plane. They think you can just go in a wingsuit like you would go canoeing in a river on a summer holiday.
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27. pcola57
12:51 PM GMT on August 19, 2013
Hey barb..
Excellent blog !!..
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26. barbamz
12:47 PM GMT on August 19, 2013
Hi Karen. Yes Roemheld, sorry for the typo. Nice to have such a widespread family. I hope you can make it to the family reunion in Germany at some time. It should be awesome to be guided in sightseeing by true insiders. And Kronberg - well, that's one of the wealthiest townships in Germany!
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25. SBKaren
1:34 AM GMT on August 19, 2013
actually I remember the name of its owner Roemhild.

That was/is my grandfather's name. We spell it Roemheld. They have a big family reunion in Germany every other year. I've yet to go, but I have a second cousin, who is our link to the American side, that goes almost every time. She translates the family newsletter for us and then sends it out. She's been translating some German letters for my mom and me. The letters are written from my great grandfather to his son (my grandfather). Most of my friend that do know German have had a hard time translating it because they said they are written in old script. Very flowery and hard to read. But she's done a good job for us! I can't imagine it is easy.

We have a very good family friend that lives in Kronberg. He works for Lufthansa Airlines and visits the US sometimes twice a year. He always fits in a visit with us when he does. His 'local' office is really only about an hour and a half drive from us. I guess when you live in Germany, driving an hour and a half is nothing!
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24. clearlakemike
6:21 PM GMT on August 18, 2013
Yeah, that cruise ship looks like a giant cigarette coming into that fjord!
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23. barbamz
9:48 PM GMT on August 17, 2013
Few to report from Europe weatherwise, but this is quite impressive. August 14, downburst hitting the beach of Rimini/Italy, dispelling the vacationers:






Still pic. Source: Wetteronline.de/YouReporter.it.
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22. barbamz
7:56 PM GMT on August 17, 2013
Interesting Mike, thank you. I'm really glad to see efforts all over the world to mitigate this sort of air pollution and health risk. This extents to cruising too:


2005 in a Norwegian fjord. Source.

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21. clearlakemike
5:39 PM GMT on August 17, 2013
Interesting lead news story today, Barbara. The container ships going in and out of San Francisco Bay really pollute the air, especially when the air is stagnant, which happens frequently during the fall and winter months. One can see the trails of smoke in the air along the coast, Golden Gate and Bay. There is a lot of container ship traffic between the Chinese ports and the Port of Oakland. When I was visiting on a stagnant air day last Spring I had a harder time breathing while out on the beach one morning. The air was so polluted. Of course, there is also a lot of air pollution from all the automobile exhaust also.
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20. barbamz
6:56 PM GMT on August 16, 2013
Quoting 18. airman45:
Hi Barbara,

Just returned from Florida today. MUCH cooler and fresher here. Feels great after Florida's heat and humidity.

A colleague of mine got a picture of herself under the sign from the "poor little village in Austria". Who in the world named that village???


Hi Airman, nice to hear that you are back and enjoying German climate :)

And concerning "the poor little village in Austria", Wiki helps with infos about who is the culprit of this name, lol:

Etymology
It is believed that the settlement was founded in the 6th century by Focko, a Bavarian nobleman. The existence of the village was documented for the first time in 1070 and historical records show that some twenty years later the lord was Adalpertus de Fucingin. The spelling of the name has evolved over the years; it is first recorded in historical sources with the spelling as Vucchingen in 1070, Fukching in 1303, Fugkhing in 1532, and in the modern spelling F*ucking in the 18th century, which is pronounced with the vowel oo as in book. The ending -ing is an old Germanic suffix indicating the people belonging to the root word to which it is attached, thus F*ucking means "(place of) Focko's people."


Read the whole Wiki-article, it's fun! Another quotation: The village is especially popular with British tourists; as a local tour guide explained: "The Germans all want to see Mozart's house in Salzburg; the Americans want to see where 'The Sound of Music' was filmed; the Japanese want Hitler's birthplace in Braunau; but for the British, it's all about F*ucking."

Whole Wiki-Article. I've asterisk the name in the quotation above to avoid a possible ban for using foul language :)))
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19. barbamz
6:44 PM GMT on August 16, 2013
Quoting 17. GardenGrrl:
I know it's not nice but the spouse and I about fell out of chairs laughing about the Pacu Pouch Pirranah.


Welcome! Why not laughing, lol? No damage reported so far ... :)


The culprit if there would be any damage ...
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18. airman45
6:35 PM GMT on August 16, 2013
Hi Barbara,

Just returned from Florida today. MUCH cooler and fresher here. Feels great after Florida's heat and humidity.

A colleague of mine got a picture of herself under the sign from the "poor little village in Austria". Who in the world named that village???
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17. GardenGrrl
3:44 PM GMT on August 16, 2013
I know it's not nice but the spouse and I about fell out of chairs laughing about the Pacu Pouch Pirranah.

Sounds like you guys under staffed and over worked too. (Train Employees) We are supposed to use 80 hours of personal time so the company can play games with accounting to make us look more profitable. Problem is, we don't have enough staff to cover the shifts.

Have a great day and stay out of Nordic lakes ;)
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16. barbamz
3:41 PM GMT on August 16, 2013
Swedish (!) waterspout with rainbow:



'Magnificent' liquid tornado rainbow
The Local, Published: 14 Aug 2013 09:20 CET
A Swedish man made headlines on Wednesday after he managed to film a tornado framed by a rainbow over the Baltic Sea, but admitted with disappointment that the natural phenomenon was "definitely not" a Sharknado. ...
More see link above.
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15. barbamz
3:14 PM GMT on August 16, 2013
Quoting 13. clearlakemike:
Maybe it is the Germans stealing the Haight-Ashbury signs too in San Francisco?


Lol, it wasn't me at least, as I was still in an age of innocence back 1967 in this "summer of love" and now had to educate myself with Wiki:

The Summer of Love (1967), the 1960s era as a whole, and much of modern American counterculture have been synonymous with San Francisco and the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood ever since.
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14. clearlakemike
3:06 PM GMT on August 16, 2013
I had to take the dog out and just got back and looked at the link...LOL! That is so funny. I just burst out laughing. Now I will read the story. I will try to read it in German first but will probably end up using the translator. Thanks for the interesting German magazine links!!
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13. clearlakemike
2:45 PM GMT on August 16, 2013
Quoting 12. barbamz:


Huh, sharks ... I really hope they won't enter Germany's coastlines as well. And I just saw it was a German woman who was wounded in Hawaii. Very bad vacations! I hope she'll survive at least.

Lol to the place-name sign of "Sommerloch" (literally: summer-hole) you've found. Actually it's quite near my place. But there are other villages which suffer more from their names as globalization happens with all the invading English (bad) vocabulary. For example this poor little village in Austria, *ehem*. Article reports that there are always thieves trying to get hold of their place-name signs, in this case thieves from Germany, lol.


omg, Barbara, I didn't know she was German until now...I saw the story in the Mauinews blog yesterday but she was not identified yet. Yes, really bad vacation...I hope she recovers. Sharks love the murky water. Don't swim in murky water. I only go out away from shore (and only a little as I have a shark phobia,) when the water is clear(er). One guy told me once he carries a knife strapped to him when he swims. I read that if you see the shark before it bites you then you should yell (hard to do underwater I would think) and punch it in the face. I would probably just have a heart attack if I saw one.

And now bad English is invading too? Oh no...lol Maybe it is the Germans stealing the Haight-Ashbury signs too in San Francisco? lol...they finally gave up and painted it high up on a wall of a nearby building. Summerloch should secure their sign quick!!
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