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By: barbamz , 12:39 PM GMT on June 19, 2014

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the broadcast of the world cup final.

Current weather in Germany / Europe with several updating websites:

Current official weather warnings in Germany. Source with more features.

Current rainfall in Europe.

Infrared satellite western Europe.

Current analysis.

Current lightning Europe.

Real time lightning map Europe

Current cloud top temperatures Central Europe (more detailed).

Current weather development in Europe:

Current rain radar Germany:

Current temperatures in Germany (Celsius):


Old entry:

With nothing special going on in Germany's weather, here just some pics from the jungle of my backyard terrace :-)

As summer is progressing so is wildlife: Today on my balcony-terrace: Bumblebee is doing its job, but some ants are there as well, nursing and milking aphids:


On the whole it has been way too dry this spring and (still young) summer in most areas of Germany, especially in my area near Frankfurt.

Hydrological balance from March to May:

Hydrological balance for June/July (updating):

If you got some spare time, you may enjoy - if possible full screen - the following meditative video with amazing colors which was taken July 10 in Hagen in western Germany.

I'm sorry that I'm currently not so much around my blog and other's blogs. There is some work to be done in office, and when I'm on WU time mostly is comsumed for watching and posting about all those weather and climate stuff worldwide ;-) Moreover the above mentioned jungle needs a lot of irrigation every evening, as sky doesn't send any help right now, and there are ants and aphids to combat to boot. Yeahh, sometimes I'd like to be a retiree already, lol.

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83. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
7:44 PM GMT on July 18, 2014
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82. barbamz
7:27 PM GMT on July 18, 2014
Hope you got the rain you needed, Mike!
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81. clearlakemike
11:33 PM GMT on July 17, 2014

More interesting weather coming our way, Barb. Maybe not as severe as you are expecting. Wind shear expected to put a damper on TS Wali soon. Hope you are not working too hard and have finally stopped celebrating, lol.
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80. barbamz
11:56 PM GMT on July 15, 2014
In the moment we've got fair weather in Germany, so nothing to report - but a load of work for me right now ;-)
Moreover Germany is celebrating their "heroes", lol.
Maybe I'll have a new blog at the coming weekend as models hint to very severe weather (excessive precipitation) in the beginning of next week. I'll keep you updated. Stay well everyone!
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79. clearlakemike
7:41 PM GMT on July 15, 2014

Germany busts sausage cartel

Now you know why you have been paying too much for that Mainz Worscht !!

Hope you are enjoying your rest!
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78. clearlakemike
12:44 AM GMT on July 15, 2014

I am not a soccer fan, Barb, and could care less...but if it will make you feel better, congratulations! lol Have a nice recovery....

Fausto Leaves Calling Card as it Passes Big Isle

We have had 2 inches of rain so far today and it is still raining!! That is more than we get in a month usually. Fausto came through last evening and was like a mini-tropical storm with wind and rain. Today, we are getting rain from the trailing moisture.
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77. barbamz
3:39 PM GMT on July 14, 2014
Thanks folks, very kind! "The day after" offers very nice weather with a light blue sky and puffy white clouds (= the colors of the Argentinian flag, lol). --- I must confess I'm too tired today to do anything usefull ... So see you later this week :-)

Our chancelor Merkel and president Gauck with our victorious guys in the changing room. Photo from a official government photo gallery.
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76. WeatherWise
11:47 AM GMT on July 14, 2014
Congratulations on the WORLD CUP! How exciting! A night of celebrating, I am sure!
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75. sandiquiz
11:38 AM GMT on July 14, 2014
Hey there... well done to your team! And for keeping the result at least in Europe!! lol

That's some shower they had in Nuremberg!

Have a good week....it is a beautiful summer day here in the UK...well in the south at least!
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74. GardenGrrl
10:19 AM GMT on July 14, 2014
Hey Congrats on the Cup! Something to celebrate with all the stoopid floods going on.
Btw, you are right about the food. Don't care for sausage but do love bread.
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73. WeatherWise
11:42 PM GMT on July 13, 2014
Hi Barb, Thanks for sharing the color thing from Sandi. I tried it out and it works. Hope you had a great weekend. Want to go for a late evening walk but is still really hot outside. Has finally dropped to 89F. Sometimes I see the deer on my late walk. This is my deer shot from last night. It was dark so not wonderful but it is a deer.

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72. barbamz
10:54 PM GMT on July 13, 2014
Great, guys, thank you! Just came back home. Wish I could send you an audio file with the cheerful noise outside, lol. When Germany achieved the championshiop in 1954 I wasn't born yet. Second time, 1974, I was really engaged as a young teen; soccer players were clearly older than I was at this time. Third win, 1990, well, it was a happy coincidence with the newly gained unity of whole Germany; players already were of the same age as me or even younger. Now - well - I'm glad that a totally new generation took its chance. Congratulations to our team, and respect for the Argentinians who really were an opponent hard to beat!

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71. MaxWeather
10:06 PM GMT on July 13, 2014

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70. Astrometeor
9:46 PM GMT on July 13, 2014
Congrats Barb on the World Cup win!
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69. clearlakemike
5:37 PM GMT on July 13, 2014
Glad to see you are finally getting rain (or at least your neighboring cities.) We are expecting rain from the remnants of Fausto tomorrow. And maybe some thundery too. Hopefully, it will be a good soaking rain.
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68. barbamz
5:20 PM GMT on July 13, 2014
Some little showers in Germany today ;-)


Nidda (northeast of Frankfurt): many towns over there are severely flooded:

Source: Unwetterdienst Wetterau/MKK with more photos in the fb-comment section.

Suburb of Wiesbaden not far from me, yesterday:

(Saved image radar Germany). Obviously heavy showers right now in Berlin, where large crowds should gather in the open to watch the game.

Live streaming panorama cam Berlin (after some advertisement): yes, very grey :-(
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67. clearlakemike
6:57 PM GMT on July 12, 2014
Lol, Barb. You found an even better one,...yes, GWTW is a classic. I haven't seen it in awhile myself either. I remember as a child being dragged to the theater by my mother to watch it. Long movie for a squirming child, lol. A local theater had a special showing...I am not that old! LOL

I would have never guessed that bride's dress was made from a parachute. Are those the parachute pulls hanging from her bouquet? lol
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66. barbamz
6:24 PM GMT on July 12, 2014
Lol, well Mike, thank you! Took me some time to search the internet and remember the curtain episode, finding a longer piece of that show (which I didn't know). It has been quite a long time ago I've last longingly watched "Gone with the wind", huh.

BTW in "our" last war WWII or in the poor years afterwards quite a lot of brides wore dresses made from the silk fabric of parachutes.

Here is one:

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65. clearlakemike
5:38 PM GMT on July 12, 2014
The American fashion industry, or more properly, The Confederacy, experimented briefly with "green" fashion during The Wahr between the States. This one might be a stretch for you, Barb, but if Bug pops in she might remember.

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64. barbamz
5:05 PM GMT on July 12, 2014
Max, Sandiquiz told me earlier how to change background color:

Quoting 6. sandiquiz:

Hi Barbara,

I saw your query in my blog on how to change the background colour.

Place this exact code in the top of your header and then change the colour to your preference by looking up on line....here.....the various codes you can use.

I do feel that WU have actually made the overall background a very slight cream....it is much better than the stark white.
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63. MaxWeather
4:56 PM GMT on July 12, 2014
Guten Abend Barb!

That weck, Worscht un Woi looks great... I'll do my personal touch of putting ketchup on the baloney there...
tasty... yum yum

and that saumagen looks fantastic... don't make me go there...lol

btw.. how did you do to have your blog background in this light orange color?
Some HTML or something? I would like to do do something similar on mine if possible.
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62. barbamz
1:28 PM GMT on July 12, 2014
Circular economy: Just a load of rubbish?
Deutsche Welle English, July 9, 2014

Scarce resources, high emissions, widespread pollution - the EU wants to boost recycling to make the economy more circular. The aim: New jobs, lower costs and less impact on environment and climate.
The European Commission is asking member states to recycle 70 percent of municipal waste and 80 percent of packaging waste by 2030. The proposals also call for a ban on burying recyclable waste in landfills as of 2025, and set targets for reducing marine litter and food waste.
"The message is that while you are protecting the environment you can boost your economic development and provide new growth and new jobs", said Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik.
In advance of the announcement, the EU made the circular economy the focus of its annual environment gathering at the Green Week in Brussels last month. ...

Whole article see link above.

Cleaning up the clothing supply chain
Deutsche Welle English, July 11, 2014
The is year's Berlin Fashion Week is focusing on green and ethical fashion. It's a sign the industry may be paying more attention to the environmental and social concerns associated with clothing production. ...
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61. clearlakemike
11:54 PM GMT on July 11, 2014
I went to a German restaurant in my old neighborhood in San Francisco a couple of times. It was definitely an "acquired taste", lol. I would probably enjoy the nouvelle cuisine in Wiesbadan. Wow, talk about revenge! LOL I guess the rain gods are on the Mainz team.

Good luck with the taxes, ugh. I have read that Germans pay a hefty tax. I think we are some of the lower taxed people but that may be why our bridges are falling into rivers. Although, a lot of it is squandered on building bridges in other places, i.e. Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. And a lot of the tax money ends up offshore.
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60. barbamz
9:29 PM GMT on July 11, 2014
Welcome GG. But concerning food you might be disappointed, lol. This is the traditional local food, called - in idiom - "Weck, Worscht un Woi". Means: "Bun, baloney and wine":

Source Wiki.

Or you'd like to try a "Handkaes mit Musik" (literally: handcheese with music), lol?

Source: English wiki, check it out. Hardcore stuff from nearby Frankfurt.

Originally from Mainz and very often served, as it's easy, cheap and tasty: "Spundekaes"

Here's the recipe in English.

Surprisingly more sophisticated is "Saumagen" means: "sow's stomach", lol, from adjacent Palatinate:

In fact, it's delicious. More in Wiki-English.

Round-up with some comforting outlooks: Cuisine of Mainz & its Best Restaurants

Last remark: Originally Mainz isn't "posh", even as capital city of Rhineland-Palatine it's not; "posh" is reserved for nearby spa town Wiesbaden, the capital city of Hessen (Hassia), on the other side of Rhine River. Of course, both cities nurse mutual antagonism, lol.

Edit: This is Wiesbaden's resort area today, umm. A storm hit them, lots of flooding. Adjacent Mainz was spared:

Guys, have to go to bed. Weekend is reserved for tax declaration, uaah. Hope there won't be any interesting weather to distract me.
Have a nice weekend everyone!

Thanks Mike for your thoughts and the music!
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59. clearlakemike
8:59 PM GMT on July 11, 2014
Interesting article about the protesting big projects in Germany, Barb. "Nimby" is very alive and well in the US also. From the Big Dig in Boston to the newest big dig in Seattle and onto the controversial rail system for Honolulu. Cars, cars, and more cars and nowhere to put them all. Many of the bridges in the US are in terrible condition and sometimes collapse as happened some years ago in Minnesota, I think, with a freeway load of cars going down into the river in a catastrophe.

All I can say, is I am old and gray, lol, and miss the '70's, LOL. Not so many people, cars and problems. I keep running around trying to find calmness but it doesn't last long. I seem to catch places in their twilight. Where to go next? I don't know. Change is inevitable unfortunately. The industrialized world with China and India joining now will probably just burn itself and the planet out. Well, on that cheery note, enjoy your festivals!! lol Not much of a festival person myself. Enjoy the quietude of nature more. Harder and harder to find that now. Everywhere seems to be so over run with people. Even Everest has traffic lights! lol

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58. GardenGrrl
8:23 PM GMT on July 11, 2014
Definitely moving to Mainz when I win the lotto. Cool thunderstorms, live music, historic buildings and I bet the food is good too. Heaven. Oh, and close to all the good museums of Europe.
Have been enjoying the weather videos.
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57. barbamz
6:18 PM GMT on July 11, 2014
Quoting 55. whitewabit:

you speak of different weather levels being issued for areas .. is there a chart to explain the differences in the levels ??

Thanks Wabit for visiting, welcome. Guess you mean the forecasts done by "Estofex" = European Storm Forecast Experiment?

ESTOFEX issues "Storm Forecasts" on a daily basis. These bulletins, accompanied by a map, address the threats posed by severe convective storms in Europe. The focus of the forecasts is the threat for hail, severe wind gusts, and tornadoes that these storms pose. Since May 1st 2009, the threat of excessive convective rainfall is included. Additionally, areas where lightning is expected are highlighted.

To communicate the magnitude of the threat of hail, severe wind gusts, tornadoes, and excessive precipitation, ESTOFEX uses threat levels. Threat levels are issued based on the estimated probability of severe weather resulting from convective storms. A storm is considered severe or extremely severe when it is accompanied by one or several phenomena that meet the criteria listed below.

You find their detailed explanations of threat levels when clicking the FAQ on the left side of their site (difficult to copy it in a readable way, and no direct link is available).

Roses in hanging baskets: Good luck! And make sure that you got a miniature sort that won't grow (much):

Cornflowers: They grow in the wilderness in Germany as well, maybe not in such amounts as you've described it (must be so pretty!).

Mike: No joke, Mainz and its inhabitants are known in whole Germany for their relaxed demeanor and their inclination to laugh and to party :-)

Summertime program "Mainz lives on its squares" isn't just for tourists, it's more for the locals (but of course contributes to a festive atmosphere on the whole). Children from local schools are performing with their families as audience, or several semi professional or lay groups like this one in 2013:


Angry Germans: Big Projects Face Growing Resistance
Spiegel English, By Sven Boell, Horand Knaup and Paul Middelhoff, July 11, 2014
In recent years, a new protest culture has made it more difficult for to complete big infrastructure projects in Germany. Now leaders are growing increasingly frustrated with protesters' unwillingness to compromise, and worry they're endangering the country's future. ...

Interesting and quite true article, apart from the fact that I've got more and more sympathies for those protests (perhaps because I'm gettinger older too, lol).
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56. whitewabit (Mod)
5:24 PM GMT on July 11, 2014
interesting that you have the blue corn flowers growing .. where the road around me in the country they grow wild along the side of the road .. there are roads where long stretches have those growing on each side 4-10 feet wide .. my children when young would walk along my road and pick them for my wife ..

the road maintenance crews do mow them down but they come back .. the county I live in does allow the road sides to grow until now with out mowing .. this allows the ground nesting birds a chance to raise their young .. it has increase their numbers greatly .. I now hear and see both pheasant and quail where we didn't before ..
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55. whitewabit (Mod)
5:16 PM GMT on July 11, 2014
Was intrigued by your "Jungle" especially the rose growing in the hanging pot .. Had never thought of doing that and think I will have to try as my wife as most women loves roses !!

you speak of different weather levels being issued for areas .. is there a chart to explain the differences in the levels ??

Expecting wet weather here in the central part of the US for this weekend ..
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54. clearlakemike
4:35 PM GMT on July 11, 2014
Mainz is a party town, lol. I guess you get a lot of tourists, especially during the summer and they want to keep the festive atmosphere. The samba must go on! lol

That is quite a lightening blitze in Europa! Zeus is having some fun too.
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53. barbamz
2:22 PM GMT on July 11, 2014
Thanks WW! Enjoy a nice weekend too!

(Saved image). Germany is once again the country of lightnings today :-)
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52. WeatherWise
11:42 AM GMT on July 11, 2014
Great weather capture in video, Barb! You have such a beautiful view from your attic! Thanks for sharing. We had pouring rains starting Wednesday night through about 2pm on Thursday. Just about nonstop rain. I was out driving in it and windshield wipers on high speed. Not fun driving. I was in search of more of the metal sculptures but not a great day for photos so will try again another time. I did spot one but was pouring rain so just kept on going. I did not think of trying to take a weather video. Next time, maybe. Have a great weekend, Barb! Hope your weather clears soon. Our rains were much needed but such a surprise for an all day rain like that.
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51. barbamz
10:13 AM GMT on July 11, 2014
Max, thanks for visiting!

Mike: background noise: a little open air concert in a square nearby as they regularly take place during summertime, providing free music for me whether I like it or not, lol. BTW, just before I took this video I went to the stage where the band was playing, and informed the moderator that a storm was imminent (they couldn't see the sky from their position due to houses, but I could from my attic). Answer: "Oh really? So let's perform another piece of Samba-music ..." They were still playing when heavy rain started but I guess they've lost their unprotected audience by then, lol.
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50. clearlakemike
3:47 AM GMT on July 11, 2014
Yes. beautiful!! The "Whales Mouth" would have me running to the Mainz Cathedral to pray for salvation as it truly looks apocalyptic...but beautiful! lol Your video is well done also...nice panning with the camera. What in the heck is the background noise? Is that normal street noise? It sounds like people in desperate prayers to spare them from Armageddon, or something, lol.

Oh yes, the tsunami sirens were wailing all night here after the Japanese earthquake. The tsunami did do some significant damage here along the West Hawaii coast. We watched from about 500 feet elevation as it came in. Lots of big waves crashing against the cliffs below us.

That is a good amount of rain you got. I would welcome that here. The remnants of Fausto are headed this way and may bring us some much needed rainfall also.

Gewitteraufzug sure is an interesting word to my 'English eyes' lol.
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49. MaxWeather
12:41 AM GMT on July 11, 2014
absolutely beautiful images... thank you!
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48. barbamz
12:21 AM GMT on July 11, 2014
Welcome, Mike, lol. I didn't have even a slight idea of the geographical details of the Hawaiian islands until I watched the tsunami live reports in the wake of the awful Japanese earthquake ... Moreover, the leisure activity of watching weather worldwide has enormously increased my knowledge of geography worldwide, especially of the GOM region as far as WU is concerned, lol.

It has been an interesting evening in Germany, weatherwise, as my town and region got one of those weird thunderstorms which currently move in from the northeast rather than from the southwest as they usually should. I took this little video some hours earlier when the shelfcloud passed our nearby cathedral in Mainz/Central Germany. Fortunately it wasn't a violent storm, as strong winds and hail were lacking. Got 22mm rain out of it, and overall my place collected nearly 70mm (2,75 inches) rain the last three days which is decent and welcome!

Way more amazing pics of the same cloud, seen from a field near one of our suburbs by one of the members of "my" German weatherblog.

Movement of those storms today - weather world upside down, lol.

In comparison: this is what I've saved at July 6 as a normal movement of storms (post 33):


Number of lightnings this week in Europe until July 11. Dooh!

Nice map from German National Weather Service DWD about low "Michaela". Click the map to enlarge.

From Estofex for July 11:

A level 1 and level 2 were issued for Bulgaria, E Romania and Moldova for large hail, severe wind gusts and to a lesser extent for tornadoes and excessive precipitation. ...
A level 1 and level 2 were issued for North-Central Europe mainly for excessive precipitation and to a lesser extent for severe wind gusts.
... Central Europe ...
Setup is very similar to the day before in the enclave of warm and moist air that is centered over the Netherlands and much of Germany. CAPE up to 1000 J/kg will quickly build again in response to diurnal heating, and widespread thunderstorms will form in the afternoon and evening. Weak vertical wind shear will mostly preclude a better organization, but upscale growth into numerous large clusters is likely. With very slow motion and precipitable water in excess of 30 mm, another round of quite numerous flash floods is suspected. Cold pool formation in large clusters may also result in a few swaths of severe wind gusts.
Highest coverage of storms can be expected along the main convergence zone which runs from the Central Netherlands across North-Central Germany into Bohemia and the bordering region between Austria and Slovakia, only very slowly moving towards the Southwest. Especially along this convergence, also one or two non-mesocyclonic tornadoes may spin up.
The advection of drier and cooler air will gradually start to quench activity from the Northeast towards evening. ...
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47. clearlakemike
5:43 PM GMT on July 10, 2014
Barb, I tried to use Google translate but the document was too big. But I get the idea. Urbanization is a worldwide trend as corporate/mechanized farming pushes more and more people into industrial/financial centers. Always interesting to learn more about Germany and its weather. When I transited in Frankfurt between San Francisco and Bangalore for all of an hour and half I only had a vague idea of where I was. Until recently, after studying your maps, I didn't even know where Berlin was situated. Hope the rain is beneficial and your flowers don't get blown off your lovely terrace by tornadoes.
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46. barbamz
7:46 PM GMT on July 09, 2014

Screenshot from yesterday, half an hour after midnight, just before the rain reached my place Mainz, coming in from the southeast.

Our strange and unusual weather conditions in Germany/Central Europe, caused by low Michaela, still persist. Eastern Germany (Dresden) has been its center earlier this morning with low pressure of 1000hpa. And the circulation which also includes a borderline of southwestern cooler moist from the Atlantic and warm air through the (south)eastern backdoor from the Mediterranean, had/still has the strange effect that a large bow of quite violent thunderstorms move into Northern Germany and now Benelux from the east or even northeast!

Analysis from 10am, showing the low over Dresden.

No more violent storms in my southwestern region. But until this morning we got a very good soaking as whole Germany did (some flooding and high waters included). Low "Michaela" really was a mostly beneficent drought buster.

Some saved loops and pics of this rare weather situation (updating loops above in the entry until I skip them, lol):

Movement of lightning (northern Germany and Benelux on the top of the map).

Temperature of cloudtops, showing the mcs (mesoscale convective system) moving over northern Germany from the east.

Airmasses over Europe.

Vorticity. Source with more maps.

Strange differences of temperatures (Celsius) in Germany this morning (10am): Very warm at the coast of the Baltic Sea in the northeast, quite cold in the Southwest.

Mesoscale Discussion from Estofex for earlier this afternoon, Valid: Wed 09 Jul 2014 13:00 to Wed 09 Jul 2014 17:00 UTC, Issued: Wed 09 Jul 2014 13:19, Forecaster: PUCIK
... Northern Germany ...
Satellite and radar loops show thunderstorm developing in bands across the area, aligned mostly parallel to the prevailing easterly flow. Surface observations reveal pronounced convergence zone with low T-Td spreads and dew point values between 17 and 20C. Bergen 12 UTC sounding looks particularly menacing with respect to the excessive rainfall - with SBCAPE value around 2000 J/kg, PW over 40 mm, high RH in the whole troposphere. These conditions, combined with the fact that mean tropospheric flow (around 15 m/s) is parallel to the convergence zone, point to a very high threat of cell training and subsequent excessive rainfall events.
Moreover, with LLS above 10 m/s and low LCLs, if storms can develop rotation, perhaps aided if they move over the convergence zone with enhanced vorticity, tornadoes can not be ruled out.

Recent video from the borderland of Germany and the Netherland with a storm moving in.
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45. barbamz
7:38 PM GMT on July 09, 2014
WW, yes: cornflowers! One of my favourite flowers and they grow as large as shrubs in some of my pots. Unfortunately they last only one year, so I have to sow new ones every year. Didn't know until now that you somehow could eat them (or use them for lemonade). But I wouldn't dare anyway to cut them ...

Mike, building codes are quite strict in Germany in order to save nature from beeing sprawled. However there is quite a lot of urban sprawling in thriving metropolitan areas as the Rhine-Main-Region. People are leaving parts of the country which are economical less successful (f.e. in the northeast) and join the crowd ...
There is a interesting monitoring report from 2012, available as pdf with a lot of maps. Unfortunately it's in German, but I guess just by looking at the different colors for several regions on all those maps one could get an idea.

GG, yes, Hieronymus Bosch had been an alien from the otherworld, huh.

Sandi, thanks for the report! More about my/our weather in the following post.

Guys, I know I'm neglecting you a bit and apologize. But as I came to WU as a real weather enthusiast (though without any knowledge) I'm totally occupied when interesting weather is around my place (or somewhere else in the world which could be watched by the Internet). Sometimes I use my blog only for storing and saving weather observations or as a reservoir for observations, as I have to confess ;-)

Moreover there is world cup soccer, and - a disadvantage for my own schedule - Germany is still in the game (though I'm really sorry for poor Brazil ;-) Soon the match Netherlands - Argentina will start.

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44. sandiquiz
1:54 PM GMT on July 09, 2014
Hi Barbara,
Hope the storm wasn't too bad.. or even still being bad.

I was lucky, I had the rain, but no T&L, whereas a friend in Essex on the east coast, 80 miles further south east, had really bad thunder, & power went off for a while:(
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43. GardenGrrl
10:03 AM GMT on July 08, 2014
Some storm. Techno festival looked fun up until then. Hieronymus Bosch link pretty cool. I don't think the Critter-pedia they wrote for allegorical images back then covers his work.
Have always wondered about that guy. Did his inspiration come from really wild imagination, taking hallucinogenics or high functioning schizophrenic. Heck of an artist though.
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42. clearlakemike
11:29 PM GMT on July 07, 2014
Der Sturm looks quite apocalyptic, Barb. Glad you survived there by the cathedral. Maybe another reason the ancestors built the towns in protected centers. Sounds like you have only a bit of urban sprawl there also. When I was flying out of Frankfurt I noticed the concentration of housing surrounded by lots of open space.
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41. WeatherWise
10:23 PM GMT on July 07, 2014
Hi Barb, Sounds like you have been having a bit of stormy weather lately. I am picturing you climing up to the attic and tipping out on the little porch to take photos of the coming storm. Beautiful capture and a beautiful view from your attic, too.

I noticed one of your flowers the blue one perhaps called a cornflower - Not sure. At any rate, looks just like the one in my fresh herbal lemonade mix that I bought at the farmers market on Saturday. I have been watching folks stop by this cute little couple that are organic farmers and picking up a beautiful bouquet of organic herb lemondae mix week after week. This week, one of her regulars dropped by and she knew just what they wanted. That was when I decided I was going to get it and try it. I sipped a small sample from their display. It was quite tasty. A lot of the herbs I actually have here at home. I could probably substitute and make a decent lemonade. I just had to add juice of 4 lemons and sugar and water.

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40. barbamz
8:04 PM GMT on July 07, 2014
In the moment my eyes are glued to European weather maps, as Germany (and adjacent countries) expects freak weather tonight and especially tomorrow in the East and North. Culprit is a deepening chanel of low pressure (named "Michaela") where warm air from the southeast and cool moist air from the Atlantic will mix, causing: excessive rain in tropical amounts, ferocious storms, very large hail, maybe tornados - whatever you want ;-) Serious prewarnings are out, and some weather service utters really bullish words. Moreover, the peak of the threat will happen tomorrow afternoon/evening when soccer-Germany will gather in large crowds to watch the match Germany-Brazil open air, huh ....

Current airmass in Europe (saved pic).

Convective precipitation tomorrow afternoon.

Streamlines and convergence tomorrow afternoon.

Source and many more forecast maps (shear, cape) here, thanks to GFS and Estofex. People with more knowledge than I have, may be interested to have a closer look.

Wet stuff is already developing south of me and heading my way (Mainz near Frankfurt), and I'm very curious whether some of the promised deluge will hit me later on tonight.

Outlook from weatheronline.uk for Tuesday
Low pressure deepens and becomes an active feature across central Europe late Monday into Tuesday, with some very heavy falls of rain for western Germany, Switzerland, Austria and eastern parts of France. Heavy rain later moves north toward the Netherlands. There may be flash flooding with 100mm possible in some areas over a couple of days in some parts of central Europe. Heavy thundery showers also extend across much of France, northern Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic.
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39. barbamz
12:42 PM GMT on July 07, 2014

More videos from the storm yesterday evening here in Mainz emerge as there were 18.000 people attending the affected technofestival. Storm starts at 1:24.

Short and pretty wild.
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38. barbamz
10:13 PM GMT on July 06, 2014
I *survived* (lol) the line of storms which crossed my place and the rest of central Europe earlier (and is still progressing towards the northeast). Fortunately it wasn't as catastrophic as the one which caused damage of private property of 650 millions Euro one month ago at pentecost in western Germany. However, obviously a lot of severe wind damage happened tonight nevertheless. Every time winds create howling noises around nearby cathedral in my place - as they did this evening - I know that probably conditions outside the protected center of the town may be severe. Indeed, fire brigades were out in full force this evening; open air wine festivals came to a sudden end with flattened tents, a lot of trees are down ... you know the schedule. More news will be available tomorrow I guess.

This evening in Grefath, Western border of Germany.

Another spectacular view over the photogenic shelf cloud over Rheine, Germany this afternoon. Source: Florian Menke. Source: Severe Weather Europe with more pictures. (My own weren't that spectacular ;-)

Saved loop of the progress of lightning this evening (France and adjacent countries). Source for updates.

The sudden end of a technofestival adjacent to a suburb of my town Mainz only maybe three miles away from my place (but on the hights of nearby little mountains). The gusts of the front obviously created a dust storm due to parched fields:

Strongest winds in my part of the country.

Youtube Caption, published July 7, 2014
6 July 2014 Approx. 8:20PM. This tornado formed northeast of Elschbach, by Dietschweiler village, perhaps 6 miles from Ramstein AFB. I'm not sure at this time how far it ultimately went. The tornado on the ground is at the end of the video. I would have captured more, but I have a co-worker that lives out in that direction, and I had to put down the camera in order to warn him.
After the fact, I drove out to Dietschweiler, and saw some one down tree, lots of vegetation debris, but no serious damage, fortunately.
Update: Damage to houses in Schonenberg reported. This tornado formed after the system moved past Schonenberg, so possibly more tornadoes were formed before this one.

Storms hit south-west Germany
The Local, published: 07 Jul 2014 08:45 GMT 02:00
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37. barbamz
6:32 PM GMT on July 06, 2014
Thank you, WW! Really nice looking pond! Whish I could have something like this on my balcony ;-)


As a weather fan I just climbed to our attic and took a photo of the approaching storm with a little ice shield atop. Wonder whether we'll get decent rain (but hopefully no damage).

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36. WeatherWise
6:26 PM GMT on July 06, 2014
Hi Barb! Neat live cam you have with the storks practicing for their first flight! So Neat! Thanks for sharing.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my new blog entry. Wishing you many butterflies in the next few weeks! Have a wonderful week!

This is a photo of the fish in the Lily Pad Pool in the netting enclosed Butterfly Garden at the Danville Science Center.

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35. barbamz
5:25 PM GMT on July 06, 2014

Nest with 4 nearly grown up storks. Live streaming source.
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34. barbamz
3:57 PM GMT on July 06, 2014
Quoting 33. clearlakemike:

Hey Barb, have you been on this one yet? lol

Certainly not!!! Looks like a hellish invention of Hieronymus Bosch:


WW thank you. I'll have a look at your blog. Sure a great walk!


Thunderstorms in France heading towards Germany right now.
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33. clearlakemike
1:05 AM GMT on July 06, 2014
Hey Barb, have you been on this one yet? lol

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