Much summer

By: barbamz , 7:43 PM GMT on July 18, 2014

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Accumlated rain in the last 24h in Germany. Updating every 12h.

More updating maps at the end of the blog, but first some photos from the old town around me and some photographic updates on the thriving flowers in my backyard terrace:

One of many summer concerts in a nearby historic location.

My hairdresser's handbag doggie, a bit exhausted because of the heat, lol.


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 lightning tracks in Germany. Source meteociel.

Current cloud top temperatures Central Europe (more detailed).

Current weather development in Europe:

Current rain radar Germany:

Current temperatures in Germany (Celsius):

Hydrological balance for June/July (updating):

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34. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
6:04 PM GMT on July 28, 2014
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33. WeatherWise
8:06 PM GMT on July 27, 2014
Hi Barb! Hope you are finding ways to beat the heat. Bug posted a link to some good ways to cool down. Take a look when you get a chance.

Here is a photo of the little birdhouse in its setting - A photo of the birdhouse in its setting - some construction in front - a new parking lot - seems to be some delay in getting it completed. Beautiful clouds and pretty blue skies over South Boston on Friday - Well, actually, you are viewing a front parking lot being constructed and everything across the street and up the hill an don up the hill across the street.. So really not the setting.

So here is actually the back of the birdhouse but front of the building where it is housed.

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32. barbamz
6:29 PM GMT on July 27, 2014
Switzerland, creek Emme (Emmental), in the last days:

Residents flee as river Emme floods village
The Local, Published: 24 Jul 2014 14:33 GMT 02:00
Rega, the Swiss air-ambulance service, evacuated residents of Schangnau in the canton of Bern on Thursday morning as the river Emme broke its banks.
Basements and cellars in the village were flooded and small landslides reported after heavy rain fell continuously for two hours on Thursday morning, reported newspaper 20 Minuten.
Local resident Ramon Haas told the paper: "It was the storm of the century. I%u2019ve never seen anything like it." ...

And still raining yesterday.
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31. barbamz
11:14 PM GMT on July 26, 2014
Apart from weather stuff: here is an interesting new article about Koenigsberg/Kaliningrad, btw the town, in which the famous lost "Amber Room" last was seen ...

Resurrecting Koenigsberg: Russian City Looks to German Roots
Spiegel English, July 25, 2014; by Susanne Beyer in Kaliningrad, Russia
The Allies bombed the Prussian city of Koenigsberg into the ground in 1944. Residents of what is today the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, a desolate Soviet landscape, are considering rebuilding the city center to reflect some of its historical German architecture. ...


And another massage from the past:

The tunnels that house Goering's wine collection
26 July 2014 Last updated at 23:02 GMT, By Stephen Sackur, BBC News
It's not only Ukraine that has been moving towards a closer relationship with the European Union. Moldova too has reached out to Brussels but Russia has responded by targeting its vineyards, which have an intriguing past. ...
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30. barbamz
10:33 PM GMT on July 26, 2014
Little weekend update on German/European weather:

You see the purple spot in the lower middle of this map, showing the forecast of accumulated rain (48h) in Central Europe?

Well this is the lovely German valley around Oberstdorf at the northern border of the Alps and Austria. Good friends of mine have just started their holidays exactly in this region, but I doubt they'll have the chance to do much or anything outdoors - poor folks! It has been raining at this place the last days and it probably will relentlessly for several days.

This is the same map for 168h (whole next week), showing a lot of accumulated precipitation especially in the western region of the Alps and in southern Germany (Black Forest):

Most of the creeks and rivers of this region discharge into Rhine River, and there are some concerns what will happen (parts of it upstreams have already been closed in the last week due to high waters).

So finally I may see some of this precipitation passing by in Rhine River. Apart from this my place Mainz on Rhine near Frankfurt of course has been dry the last days, and probably won't get much in the week to come as well.
I somehow feel like the "CaribGirl" of Germany, complaining about the lack of rain, as I often monitor nice thunderstorms with some deluge in their luggage rushing into my direction - and in the last moment before they should hit, they evaporize or change direction. Same thing today. Sigh!

BTW, this is still good old Paula maintaining her reign in central Europe, from the family of "low pressure swamps" (as it's called by metereologists in Gemany: Tiefdruck"sumpf").

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29. barbamz
6:05 PM GMT on July 25, 2014
Weather in Europe is so weird this year. We (in central/northern) Europe get our stuff from mostly eastern directions for weeks already. And it won't stop. Usually it comes from western directions. And these streams from the (south)east are loaded with moisture. A lot of local flooding happened (though not in my place) and more deluge is forecast for the next week (I'll post details some days later if it's still worth to be mentioned).

(Saved current loop).

Jet stream (saved).

Culprit still is the very old lady Paula (low), which just doesn't want to die:
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28. barbamz
9:02 AM GMT on July 25, 2014
Something from the lighter side of life:

Yesterday's hail in the uttermost southwest corner of Germany:

Author says in heavy idiom that season for skiing has just been opened :-)


Swedish police: 'We're sweaty all the time'
The Local, published: 25 Jul 2014 11:22 GMT 02:00
Swedish weather agencies say the summer's warmest day is yet to come, but police in the north have decided that they can't take the heat - and filed a report about the own stifling police station. ...

New record: Warmest July day at Blindern (Oslo) ever
33.4C degrees were measured at Oslo on Thursday afternoon. This is the hottest July day ever recorded at Blindern.

Man claims holiday refund 'because it's warmer at home'
The Local, published: 25 Jul 2014 02:57 GMT 02:00
A Norwegian man tried to claim compensation after he cancelled his holiday to the Mediterranean because it was hotter in his homeland. ...

London weather: Capital to be hotter than Barcelona this weekend - but forecasters warn rain may stop play
The Evening Standard, Mark Blunden, Published: 25 July 2014
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27. clearlakemike
6:23 PM GMT on July 24, 2014
Barb, it did seem cooler here in our part of the tropics until recently. The water took awhile to warm up this season also and then when I last went in the ocean about a month ago it was remarkably colder. Could have been just a current change or maybe the El Nino is a weak one or even left like it has in the southern Pacific already.

'Hot' and 'Scandanavia' isn't something I usually associate. Although, with the long days I guess even they get a summer that far north. I have been watching the horror of the bodies still laying in the heat in the eastern Ukraine from the crash of MH17. Misery upon misery there. Very sad. It was good to see most of those poor souls come home to the Netherlands yesterday and given a dignified state funeral ceremony.
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26. barbamz
1:18 PM GMT on July 24, 2014
Thanks Mike. I must confess I own (and use) a Kindle by myself ;-)

Sandi, more heat seems to be in the offing for us indeed:

Where's hot in Europe?
BBC weather video, 24 July 2014 Last updated at 12:28
Could temperature records be broken this weekend in Scandinavia? It's already hot and the heat is continuing to build. Alex Deakin brings us the latest from there, and the forecast for the rest of Europe.
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25. sandiquiz
10:57 AM GMT on July 24, 2014
Sorry, WU did a double post! :-(
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24. sandiquiz
10:55 AM GMT on July 24, 2014
Morning Barbara,

If the prediction for three more weeks of hot summer temperatures are correct, well your title of "MUCH Summer" is perfectly correct!! lol
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23. clearlakemike
3:57 AM GMT on July 24, 2014
Another song to cheer you up. Although, I think Joni Mitchell is protecting her copyrights very closely now on her later songs. But reading the lyrics gives you an idea. There is a brief audio clip. The music is very lovely and haunting.

Joni Mitchell "If I Had A Heart"
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22. clearlakemike
3:12 AM GMT on July 24, 2014
Yes, I think more and more are reading their books on their 'Kindle', Barb. Hopefully, you are in a niche market or as you say, after "the end" printed books will be popular again, lol. We have no new sales bookstore anymore on this island. The last one went out of business several years ago or so, I think. There are used book stores that also sell other vintage items such as Compact music discs. One of the stores, however, is closing. There used to be even old used vinyl music record stores in San Francisco about twenty years ago. Not sure if they are still there. I have been using iPod/iPhone mp3 for most of last decade now and even playing a music CD seems kind of 'quaint' now, lol.

Do you think the poles are flipping? I saw something briefly recently that suggested they are. That true north has moved over Siberia now.

Oh yeah, surfers will surf anywhere!! given the
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21. barbamz
11:20 PM GMT on July 23, 2014
Quoting 17. clearlakemike:


And yet another return to the past...

Typewriter manufacturers see boom in sales

Well, I'm a dinosaur as well as I'm in the business of publishing - printed!!! - books. But maybe at some time these will be the remains of our era when all the online stuff is evaporated ;-)
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20. barbamz
11:13 PM GMT on July 23, 2014
Temps (anomalies) are upside down in Europe right now: too hot in the north, a bit too cool in the southern Mediterranean area:

UK weather: Heatwave to stay until mid-August as schools break up for balmy start to holidays

I've already posted it this morning:

'First ever' heat warning issued for Sweden

More important news from Sweden :-)

Swedish police warn of rogue pregnant cow

Swedish cops elect not to shoot 'angry elks'

Well, in reality, world news are really depressing right now, as I've already said.
BTW: upper Rhine River is closed for navigation because of high waters, but this is not catastrophic.

Fun with high waters of little (!) creek called Dreisam, coming down from Blackforest (which got a lot of rain the last days) to the city of Freiburg (where I did some of my studies for three years - ages ago, lol) and feeding Rhine River.
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19. BaltimoreBrian
9:42 PM GMT on July 23, 2014
Thanks for dropping by Barbara! All is well :)
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18. barbamz
9:41 PM GMT on July 23, 2014
Thanks Mike! I've noticed those news too. Moreover today (and these days) is such a flood of very bad news (hundreds of refugees dead in the Mediterranean again, hundreds dead in Gaza, Syria and Iraq: mere catastrophy, more downed or crashed planes, deadly plagues and and ...) that you really could think, "the end" (at least to the world as we would have known it) is nearer than ever.

To have a look at weather is quite soothing nerves (at least if you won't think about climate change for a moment). Or not? Hmm ...

A Lovely Animation of the Planet's Hot-Weather 'Misery'
Where in the world is it unbearably hot right now?
John Metcalfe, Citylab, today
You got to give it up for Cameron Beccario for making one of history's most beautiful simulations of the earth's winds. But rather than sit back and lavish in the attention it's generated - including snagging him a cameo on Asian TV - he's been adding more data layers to the model, including a new one he calls the "misery index."
The M.I. "combines wind chill and heat index to show what the air feels like," says the Tokyo-based data artist. In other words, it takes into account how a high relative humidity can make your skin feel like it's covered by a boiling-hot towelette, and how brisk winds in the colder months can blow away all body warmth and make it seem like somebody threw you in an ice chest.
Beccario's model is very close to real time, so all that's happening in the world's most miserable weather is clearly on display. (To turn on the M.I. and other layers, click on "Earth" at lower left.) Look, here's the moist warm front currently wafting over the Unites States' midsection, making temperatures feel as high as 112 degrees:

Whole article see link above.

Current index for the US.
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17. clearlakemike
6:52 PM GMT on July 23, 2014

And yet another return to the past...

Typewriter manufacturers see boom in sales

Reminds me of the TV show/programme "Battlestar Galactica" where they use wired technology instead of wireless for more or less the same reason, lol.

I may have to go back to using typewriters here at my house. I still have a vintage IBM Selectric. Do they still sell "white-out"? lol
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16. clearlakemike
6:35 PM GMT on July 23, 2014
I read that this is the first time in 1900 years that there have been no Christians in Mosul, Barb. Yesterday, also heard that that ISIS was giving Christians 24 hours to convert to Islam and pay a fine. Otherwise...death. Seems we are experiencing historical and hysterical deja vu often these days. As for the weird weather, I think, that is also retrograding back to the eras closer to when other types of dinosaurs roamed the earth.

The canyon flooding reminds me of when the canyons in the US southwest get flash floods this time of year and sometimes trap people unexpectedly. But according to the story flooding this time of year in Sakhkent is rare.
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15. barbamz
12:21 AM GMT on July 23, 2014
You remember my vacation reports of the gorge in Saklikent/Turkey in May?
This is what happened there recently:

Flooding in Saklıkent Canyon kills 2, injures 8
July 21, 2014, Monday/ 15:07:14/ TODAY'S ZAMAN / ISTANBUL
The tourist destination of Saklıkent Canyon, located in the province of Muğla in southwestern Turkey, was hit with massive flooding late on Saturday, resulting in two deaths and eight injured.
Forty-six tourists were inside the canyon when it was hit by a flash flood caused by torrential rain. Thirty-five-year-old Ozan Genç was swept away by a heavy current but was pulled from the water and taken to a hospital, where he later died. Another man, 27-year-old Ömer Özcan, went missing in the flood and his body was retrieved on Monday morning, found wedged between rocks 800 meters away from the spot he was swept away. ...
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14. barbamz
9:59 PM GMT on July 21, 2014

Saved IR loop. Paula with COC over the Adriatic Sea is currently drenching Bavaria (purple warnings are out).

Yesterday in a West-German living room in Niederhofen: Paula is visiting, and the welcome is: "Crazy!! Never experienced something like this ...", lol.


Another sad aspect of summer in Germany:

At least 18 swimmers die during heatwave

The Local, published: 21 Jul 2014 10:05 GMT 02:00
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13. barbamz
8:50 PM GMT on July 21, 2014
It's a shame ... :

Isis militants 'seize Iraq monastery and expel monks'
BBC, 21 July 2014 Last updated at 15:25 GMT
Islamist militants in Iraq are reported to have seized an ancient monastery near Mosul and expelled the monks.
Local residents said monks at the Mar Behnam monastery were allowed to take only the clothes they were wearing.
The monastery, which dates from the 4th Century, is a major Christian landmark and a place of pilgrimage.
Christians have fled Mosul after the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) told them to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death.
Isis has seized large parts of Syria and Iraq and said last month it was creating an Islamic caliphate.
Mosul itself is now said to be empty of Christians.
The Mar Behnam monastery is run by the Syriac Catholic Church and is near the predominantly Christian town of Qaraqosh, to the south-east of Mosul. ...

Whole article see link above. Wiki about the monastery.


Not in English, but with impressive pictures:

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12. barbamz
12:06 PM GMT on July 20, 2014
Hey Sandi. I'm really curious what's looming for us later on and tonight.

Current sky over Mainz (saved screenshot): 30C (86F), humid. Streaming webcam.

Your outlook:

Britain braces for another heatwave but threat of storms remain
Weather warnings in place as hot and humid weather could spark further thundery downpours and flooding across UK
Press Association,, Sunday 20 July 2014 09.19 BST
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11. sandiquiz
11:23 AM GMT on July 20, 2014
Morning Barbara, it looks like the storms coming more your way today. For the first time in three days I managed to sleep all night long, last night, without a thunderstorm waking me up. I feel better today!

Good luck
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10. clearlakemike
10:12 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
Yes, those cobble stone streets can be hard to walk on. The Georgetown neighborhood in Washington D.C. still has them from when it was a tobacco port back in colonial times. When I was young, I use to run foot races on them, lol. I don't think I could or want to do that now! They are nice to look at and complement the old architecture.
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9. clearlakemike
10:04 PM GMT on July 19, 2014


Still a flash flood watch till 6pm Monday from the remnants of Wali. The trade winds sheared Wali and it weakened as it entered the cooler waters. We are 19N of the equator and as you may know, the Pacific is cooler than the Caribbean area. The massive volcanoes on this island tend to disrupt approaching cyclones also. They do just go sort of 'poof', lol.

I am at the southern west side and we have just had some brief showers awhile ago and are now in the clouds up where I am. The volcano does a very good job of blocking most of the rain that is starting to come up towards the southeast side.

My local forecast from the National Weather Service is still calling for 50% chance of 1 to 2 inches tonight and 70% chance for same on Monday. 1 to 2 inches is about what we usually receive in a month. A lot of moisture gets pulled up from the warmer waters nearer to the equator with these systems.

The remnant moisture is coming in waves. The sun is now starting to shine through the clouds. The big blob is still out there and won't be coming by until Monday. Only a 30% chance of rain for tomorrow. Very little wind where I am at. The last storm, Fausto, was more of a compact mini-cyclone and had some noticeable sustained winds for several hours or so.
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8. sandiquiz
9:51 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
France is really stormy right now...11pm, but it seems to be heading north east, so should miss us, tonight!

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7. barbamz
8:46 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
The island of Norderney in the Northern Sea, usually cooled by the ocean, has probably broken its all time heat record today with more than 34C (83F).

Source wetteronline.

Starting tomorrow evening/night, parts of central Europe, including south-(western) Germany may experience excessive rain. GFS forecast of accumulated rain until Tuesday:

Detailed map of a large amount of precipitable moisture availabe (night from Sunday to Monday), quite near my place in Rhine Valley, huh (but forecasters stress that they still can't tell, if, where and when exactly desaster may hit) :

Click the map to enlarge. Source lightningwizard.

Whatever happens due to this wet low: "her" name is Paula.


WW, thank you. You're really skilled and lucky in taking photos of our feathered company!

originalLT, welcome! I'll keep all the German and European weathermaps up so that you'll be able to follow the weather fate of your "kids" in Germany, lol. I really hope they'll like it here and have a good time. Please keep us updated.

Mike, though part of the title of the new main blog is: TROPICAL STORM WALI GOES %u2018POOF' - you'll still see a lot of rain? - BTW concerning our cobblestones: new project of our town is to mill them bit by bit in the years to come, as they are inconvenient and dangerous to walk especially for elderly people. And the population of senior citizens is increasing. Guess time is not so far away when I myself will be glad if those historic cobble pavement will have become more even, lol.
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6. clearlakemike
5:17 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
Enjoyed taking the tour from the street level angle, Barb! Nice stone streets also. Cute but hot dog, lol. Well, be careful what you wish for, I guess, LOL. We may get more rain than we want. And you certainly have got more heat than I am sure you want. And Sandi has got all the lightning!! Feast or Famine.
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5. originalLT
1:52 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
Hi Barbamz, I'll be following your blog closely. My two "kids", my 29yr. old doughtier and 32 Yr. old son will be going on a vacation tour in Germany from August 4th to the 14th. Of course I'll be checking out the weather!. Not sure of the cities they'll be visiting, but I'll find out. I'm in Stamford CT. USA
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4. WeatherWise
12:58 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
Hi Barb, Love the photos your shared in the new blog entry. That is a lot of lightning strikes! I think lightning is a bit scary. My mother always taught us to respect it and to take precautions when stormy weather came. A time to be quiet and still until the storm passed over.

We are having a rainy overcast morn in my area. Procrastinating and pondering over whether to grab my umbrella and go on out for a walk.

HOpe you have a wonderful day. I am going to come back later and enjoy your pretty photos at my leisure.

Here is a lovely birdhouse with a bluebird even that I found yesterday as I was visiting in South Boston, VA.

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3. barbamz
9:56 AM GMT on July 19, 2014
GG, Sandi, exciting weather at many places for sure!

Here's another beautiful lightning map for the British Islets (source with more).

Dramatic fast moving Storm front hits the town of Hythe Kent on 18th July 2014 . Folkestone was also affected. Thunderstorm follows.
Hythe Kent is an interesting place at the southeastern tip of England, btw.

Flood warnings and storms to temper UK heatwave - Met Office
BBC, 19 July 2014 Last updated at 09:32 GMT
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2. sandiquiz
7:00 AM GMT on July 19, 2014
Morning Barbara, that real live lightning map is fascinating. I can see the storm we had overnight has gone into the North Sea, but there is more coming up from France. There were over 3000 reported lightning strikes in the UK overnight Thursday into Friday.. I wonder how many last night!

EDIT - watching the live lightning strikes as it moves into the UK. C is heading north to Yorkshire, so when I showed him the map and the strikes, he got organised and left to be ahead of the storms!
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1. GardenGrrl
10:15 PM GMT on July 18, 2014
From flood to heat. Sounds like what we got in Texas this week. Really needed the rain though. They are predicting triple digits again in a few days.
The last two days was cold front and lots of rain. Stayed in and cooked things in the oven. Back to cold salads in a couple days.
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