Some fighting

By: barbamz , 6:04 PM GMT on July 28, 2014

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As experienced member of Wunderground I'm aware that any time a tornado or flashflood could hit me (lol); and of course I'd like to share it later on WU. So I usually carry a camera with me in my heavy handbag. This afternoon it paid off when just by chance from an office where I rarely have to run some errands, I spotted a weird behaving squirrel in the adjacent old garden ... Enjoy!



Guess the reason of the epic fight was a nut. You can see it in the beak of the magpie when it first comes into sight. Unfortunately the glass of the window prevented the recording of the magpie's angry croaking.

Directly on youtube you can watch the video in better and enlarged sizes, if you like.

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51. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
10:17 PM GMT on August 17, 2014
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50. barbamz
5:34 PM GMT on August 14, 2014
OLT, german holidays for your children already over? Glad they liked it and they are safe home again. Of course I like to hear more if you want to share. And I'm going to post a new entry without all those German weather maps soon, now that you don't need them any longer and weather has settled as well.

GG, thanks. Those people sharing the video got some humour, that's sure :-)
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49. GardenGrrl
4:18 PM GMT on August 14, 2014
#42, oh that made me laugh at the end. Feel bad for all the other damage though. At least the steaks were okay so insult was not added to injury.
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48. originalLT
1:15 PM GMT on August 14, 2014
After a wonderful 10-11 days in Germany, my "kids" are headed back to JFK airport in NYC from Berlin.They had a great time, we texted with them when they had "Wi-Fi" but can't wait to talk with them and see all their pictures. From Berlin to Potsdam to Worms, to Heidelberg, to Frankfurt, then back to Berlin, it was a memorable trip. Thank you again Barb for all your weather posts, maps, etc. I relayed to them what to expect weather-wise! After speaking with them I'll post what really impressed them. I know my daughter seemed to like Heidelberg the best.So Beautiful.
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47. barbamz
9:26 PM GMT on August 13, 2014

Swiss train derailed in landslide
BBC weather video, 13 August 2014 Last updated at 16:43
A train has derailed after a landslide near the Swiss ski resort of St Moritz. BBC Weather's Helen Willetts has the latest on the rain in that region.

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Here is one (a lot more available) short video showing some of the beautiful railways in Switzerland, including the red Rhaetian Railway which unfortunately now had this accident (I've used it years ago when we were skiing in the region of Engadin):


Switzerland is famous for its interesting railway lines like the UNESCO World Heritage Albula and Bernina line of the Rhaetian Railway. Famous trains like the "Glacier Express" are known all over the world.
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46. clearlakemike
12:23 AM GMT on August 13, 2014
That's a cool photo, Barb...it is very "Gothic", .:-). Good luck getting caught up with the boss...lol
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45. barbamz
11:58 PM GMT on August 12, 2014


This had been the "supermoon" in Mainz yesterday. Unfortunately it was overcast, so no thrilling pic. Nevertheless this one would fit as a cover pic for a criminal novel, no?

WW, thanks. I've just heard from people living near that garden that this squirrel (and its partner) obviously became settled there. I've spreaded some walnuts for them every day but wasn't able to spot them again, since I don't live there. - And, concerning your mail: all the best to your son. Don't worry too much. When they're old enough children have to go their own way, and you're not responsible any longer.

Mike, I'm not obsessed to be hit by a tornado for sure!! But just in case something severe would happen around me, I'd love to have my camera with me, lol. - Glad that you're fine after TS "Iselle", and yes, in the main blog our doc had some pictures earlier, showing that some parts of Big Island in Hawaii were hardly hit and they are still cleaning up.

I have to accelerate some job business the next days, folks (head is back from vacationing), so please excuse me if I'm not very busy on all WU blogs all the time, lol.
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44. clearlakemike
3:58 PM GMT on August 12, 2014
As experienced member of Wunderground I'm aware that any time a tornado...could hit me...and of course I'd like to share it later on WU. So I usually carry a camera with me in my heavy handbag.

Be careful what you wish for, Barb...

Tropical storms (or tornadoes?) in Sweden? Yes, "the end" is near...lol

Enjoying the calm once again out here in the tropical Pacific. Other than the above, hope you are having a nice week. I drove up the Kona coast to do some shopping and go to the beach on Saturday and it was if nothing had happened. Not even a leaf disturbed. The Puna district on the other side of Mauna Loa is still dealing with almost Hurricane Iselle. I read on the news that the local electric company is getting help from the other islands...still lots of downed trees and people without electricity over there.
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43. WeatherWise
1:45 PM GMT on August 12, 2014
I am proud of your magpie for standing up to that frisky little determined squirrel. I wish our songbirds would dare to do that. Only thing, squirrels can be brutal in fights with other squirrels and probably to our songbirds. Our little birds just steer clear of them mostly and let them eat all of the food at the feeder except of course the big hawks which will eat the squirrels for lunch! Hope you are doing well, Barb.
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42. barbamz
11:44 AM GMT on August 12, 2014


Map was published by German National Weather Service DWD: showing the two cells (Sunday evening, August 10) wich spawned a tornado over spa town Bad Schwalbach (near Frankfurt and quite near to my place too).

Two videos of the rain wrapped tornado emerged:




Great: The BBQ wasn't spoiled, lol!
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41. barbamz
7:57 AM GMT on August 11, 2014
Good Monday morning, everybody. Ex-Bertha's pressure is now down to 975hPA, beating the forecast:









Extreme weather wrecks Norwegian pop star's gig
The Local (Norway), published: 11 Aug 2014 00:00 GMT 02:00
Excerpts from this article:
A second music festival was abandoned in Bore. At the "Lydbolger" festival three revellers are brought to hospital with slight injuries, said "Stavanger Aftenblad".
Per Vervik, concert manager at "Lydbolger", said to "Rogalands Avis": "Some kind of tropical storm came over us. It came incredibly fast and we couldn't have foreseen it. We had no other choice than to cancel [the concert]." ...
Altogether the extreme weather saw 2,300 people evacuated from the two festivals, confirmed police in Rogaland.
Forty-two wind records were set in Rogaland, Hordaland and Sogn & Fjordane over the weekend, NRK reported.
According to the Meteorological Institute of Norway, a storm early in August is unusual. For this reason the extreme weather resulted in 20 wind records being set in Hordaland and Rogaland alone.
Meteorologist Martin Granerod told NTB on Sunday: "The extreme weather was as powerful as forecast. All together thirteen wind records were set in Hordaland for August, and seven wind records in Rogaland. The weather has calmed down in both areas during the morning hours, while there is still full and partially heavy storms at the coast of Sogn & Fjordane."




Priceless header, ROFL:
Stockholm warned as 'Hurricane Bertha' nears
The Local (Sweden), published: 11 Aug 2014 09:36 GMT 02:00
The leftovers from Hurricane Bertha are predicted to hit Sweden on Monday, with forecasters issuing a warning for wayward weather. ...

Lol, guess "tornado" would have been a better choice of words:
Cyclone fells trees and rips off roofs
A clear up operation began in parts of western Germany on Monday morning after winds ripped off roofs and felled trees on Sunday night. A small cyclone hit one spa town.
The Local (Germany), published: 11 Aug 2014 08:57 GMT 02:00

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40. barbamz
8:43 PM GMT on August 10, 2014
OLT, thanks for the report about the well-being of your kids visiting Germany. Appreciate it very much, and I'm glad they obviously met some nice people in Berlin as those locals are said to be very grumpy, usually, lol.
Tomorrow in Frankfurt your kids should enjoy much more convenient weather to boot:


Here comes the obituary for Ex-Bertha, hitting Europe and expecially Germany:

Currently it's raining outside as the cold front, associated with Ex-Bertha, is moving over my place. This is nice and welcome, as it has been wayyy too dry in my town. The preliminary front had been more severe (and robbed the energy of the following cold front). There are reports of uprooted trees and blown away roofs as well in adjacent regions to the north as to the south of me. Quite a lot of damage, though nothing very extraordinary as far as I can see (happened many times this summer). Guess we'll have to wait until tomorrow to see footage and assessment if some tornadoes did take place as predicted.



This saved satellite pic shows the situation some hours earlier at sunset. You see the preliminary front with some severe mesoscale thunderstorms popping up, and the following cold front with a sharp border between cloudy (warm and murky subtropical) air and the following dry and colder air. It will be much easier to breath in central Europe once this replacement of air masses is completed.

UK which took the brunt of Ex-Bertha was much more uncomfortable with the impacts of the storm:



Ex-hurricane Bertha brings high winds and rain across UK
BBC, 10 August 2014, Last updated at 18:25 GMT

But the conditions obviously varied (love the dry humor of Brits, lol):



Ex hurricane Bertha 'carnage' as festival cancelled
10 August 2014 Last updated at 15:50 GMT

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39. barbamz
1:41 PM GMT on August 10, 2014
Well, well, so far only some drops and far away thunder. But now a new warning is out and I'm on the eastern edge of the area affected:



Mesoscale Discussion
Valid: Sun 10 Aug 2014 13:00 to Sun 10 Aug 2014 17:00 UTC
Issued: Sun 10 Aug 2014 13:27
Forecaster: GROENEMEIJER/PUCIK

At 13 UTC, a surface cold front associated with a cloud band eas located over NW France along a line from Dunkirk to le Mans to La Rochelle. Another line of clouds and a few storms was located further east from near Luxembourg to Limoges.

Ahead of the front, over NW France, very stronglow-level winds are evident per 12 UTC Trappes sounding and radar VAD with 25 m/s wind reported at 1500 m, yielding very strong low-level shear. Clearing skies ahead of the front should yield some further destabilization, which is also aided by lift ahead of the upper-level trough. With high 18-21 C dew point temperatures on the order of 1000-1500 J/kg CAPE should be able to form ahead of the front, and slightly higher values over eastern France.

Widespread storm development along the front and along the eastern line are expected during the coming hours. Given the strong shear, the storms will include supercells with strong low-level mesocyclones. A tornado threat will therefore exist with these storms. These tornadoes may be strong.

Additionally, severe winds will be an important risk and some large hail may occur as well. Until 17 UTC, the storms will move northeastward and affect Belgium the southern Netherlands, Luxembourg, parts of E France and W Germany and W Switzerland.



Lowest pressure of Ex-Bertha now 988hPa.
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38. originalLT
1:41 PM GMT on August 10, 2014
Hi Barb. Just letting you know that my "Kids" are really enjoying their Germany tour/vacation. Seen many Art galleries, museums etc. With a group called, "Germany Close up". They have been based in Berlin this past week. Just visited Potsdam yesterday. The things that most impressed them has been the architecture , the "criss-cross road or street patterns as my daughter calls it, the local beers! that my son is enjoying, and the people have been very friendly for the most part. They were a little surprised at all the "graffiti " in certain areas of Berlin. They will be going to Frankfurt soon. Hope the weather is OK, they are flying there, I see "Bertha" and friends may be bringing some bad weather by Monday.
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37. barbamz
1:12 PM GMT on August 10, 2014
Lol, GG, in my German town I barely saw any rain the last weeks. So I'll postpone the shipment a bit, and Sandi should fill in ...



Pretty stormy! Fresh Ex-Bertha Video from Aylesbury, northwest of London.


Sat view a little earlier. Source UK Met Office.




New Mesoscale Discussion.
Mesoscale Discussion, Valid: Sun 10 Aug 2014 13:00 to Sun 10 Aug 2014 15:00 UTC
Issued: Sun 10 Aug 2014 13:00, Forecaster: PUCIK
Numerous storms developed near the cold front and surface low over England. Satellite loops reveal potential for further surface heating ahead of the front. As of 12 UTC, moist airmass with dewpoints around 18 deg was observed over the area of interest with southerly to southeasterly surface flow. Furthermore, temperature - dew point depression is really low, up to 3 deg at the moment, suggesting very low LCLs. Storms move into the environment of very strong low-level shear, as suggested by 20 - 25 m/s observations around 2 km height by the profiler data. This suggests that storms, especially if in supercellular mode, may be capable of tornadoes. To the south of indicated area, veering of surface winds decreased the tornado threat considerably.
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36. GardenGrrl
10:01 AM GMT on August 10, 2014
All right, that is enough rain for you all. Send some to Texas please.
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35. barbamz
9:54 AM GMT on August 10, 2014
Quoting 34. sandiquiz:

Hi Barbara, the baromic pressure has fallen from 1015 yesterday to 990 this morning. We have had heavy rain, which has now moved east, but the forecast winds are not due to hit until after noon, so we wait and see!

According to your map in the header, it appears the heaviest rain clipped the south east corner and then out into the North Sea, so hopefully the Cambridge villages were spared... they still are under water from Friday!


990hPa - huh, that's low. Headache weather?

Rainradar UK shows a lot of precipitation:

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34. sandiquiz
9:49 AM GMT on August 10, 2014
Hi Barbara, the baromic pressure has fallen from 1015 yesterday to 990 this morning. We have had heavy rain, which has now moved east, but the forecast winds are not due to hit until after noon, so we wait and see!

According to your map in the header, it appears the heaviest rain clipped the south east corner and then out into the North Sea, so hopefully the Cambridge villages were spared... they still are under water from Friday!
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33. barbamz
9:32 AM GMT on August 10, 2014
Ex-Bertha is currently merging with her stormy sisters Thekla und Ursula. Now that the assessment of Estofex (European Storm Forecast Experiment) is out we'll see what happens. German National Weatherservice DWD is quite bullish with its warnings as well. Wait and see what may develop over our heads later today.




Storm Forecast, Valid: Sun 10 Aug 2014 06:00 to Mon 11 Aug 2014 06:00 UTC, Issued: Sun 10 Aug 2014 04:36
Forecaster: VAN DER VELDE
Levels 1 and 2 were issued for southern UK, parts of France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, western Germany and southern Scandinavia mainly for severe convective wind gusts and tornadoes, but also large hail.
A level 1 was issued for parts of France, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, northern Italy and western Balkan mainly for large hail.

SYNOPSIS
Remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Bertha reach the southwestern UK this morning. It is undergoing cyclogenesis in a baroclinic environment and will assume classic extratropical cyclone features with well defined fronts. The occlusion point is predicted to move from Wales to Yorkshire and then northward, while the surface cold front will push eastward into France, reaching Germany by 21Z (GFS 18Z run), approaching Poland, Sweden and Norway by 03-06Z the next day. The warm front is advected northward from Belgium at the start of the period and should have reached central Denmark by 18Z. The cold front is much better defined at mid levels, running ahead of the surface cold front, enabling a narrow zone with dry/cold mid levels over moist low levels harbouring potential instability. Indeed, the GFS model shows this zone to have a CAPE similar to the warm sector. The magnitude of MLCAPE is not so large, however: 300 to 700 J/kg. This is caused by mid level lapse rates hardly better than neutral in range of the cold front. Deeper into eastern France and Germany steeper lapse rates are found. The cold front is supported by the advection of a PV anomaly which should cause strong lifting over southern UK, NW France, Benelux, NW Germany and southern Scandinavia.
The situation allows for highly organized convective storms thanks to the strong linear forcing and the presence of strong vertical wind shear.

DISCUSSION
...United Kingdom, northwestern France...
In the morning hours the low reaches land with a few hundred J/kg predicted by GFS, a lobe of PV, the split-level cold front and very strong 0-1 km vertical shear of 12-17 m/s with large circular model hodographs in low levels. Higher resolution WRF models place 500 m/s of 0-3 km SREH east of the occlusion point. This helps organize storms into supercells. Cloud bases will be very low, which together with the shear environment is favorable for tornado development. The threat continues for half the afternoon. As low-level shear is similar over NW France, with >250 m/s SREH, tornado chances will be elevated there as well. The linear forcing at the cold front could mean that a linear convective system may already form, with bowing line segments posing risks of severe wind gusts.

...northern France, Belgium, Netherlands into Germany and Denmark...
A large area with predicted 0-1 km shear vector magnitudes of 15-18 m/s, 0-6 km shear of 20-25 m/s and very humid, neutral lapse rate airmass with BL mixing ratio 10-12 g/kg and MLCAPE locally over 500 J/kg is found along and east of the cold front. The mean wind speed at 1-4 km altitude is just short of 25 m/s. The lifting action of the PV intrusion in synergy with CAPE and favorable shear environment should lead to a fast-moving squall line with bow echo structures, with widespread damaging wind gusts (generally 20-30 m/s). Locally very severe gusts may be observed in some bow echoes or in supercell downdrafts given also the high precipitation load in this environment and also the mixing in of mid level dry air behind the upper cold front creates a strong downdraft potential(delta-theta-e 15-20K).
A moderate tornado potential is present with such strong low-level shear. Tornados may be produced from embedded mesocyclones in a linear system or from discrete supercells ahead of the line. An isolated strong tornado may occur.
Isolated large hail may be observed, the low cloud bases and limited upper level buoyancy are counteracting the otherwise supportive environment with mesocyclonic updrafts.
The best forcing passes over Netherlands and northwesternmost Germany. Towards central Germany, weaker forcing is present, but similar shear conditions, with less strong flow. Higher LCLs and steeper lapse rates contribute to better chances for large hail, while severe gusts and tornadoes are also quite likely.
Meanwhile (18Z), the warm front over S/E Denmark seems to be associated with low level convergence and can trigger high precipitation storm clusters and discrete supercells, given 300 m/s of 0-3 km SREH predicted (GFS 18Z run). Later the cold front squall line will come in from the southwest with mainly severe gust chances. These threats continue during the night into Norway and Sweden, but as CAPE dwindles and parcels become elevated the threats subside gradually. ....

Whole discussion see link above. Updating maps in the blog entry above.
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32. barbamz
4:02 PM GMT on August 09, 2014
Any questions concerning Ex-Bertha? BBC already may have answered them:

Ex-Hurricane Bertha - Twitter Q&A
BBC, 8 August 2014 Last updated at 17:53

John Hammond took your questions in a Twitter Q&A on the stormy weather heading for the UK. Here is the transcript:

Question from @Smirnofffff1: Do you have an accurate time of when Bertha may hit the London area?

John answers: We expect #Bertha to be arriving Sunday morning, but at this range we can't be any more precise. Hopefully clearing late PM.

Question from @jules000111: Hi John, why is it more difficult to forecast a storm like bertha than it is a 'normal' low pressure heading towards us?

John answers: There is energy entrained from ex-hurricane #Bertha, it makes the system more volatile and unpredictable than most lows. ...
and so on.


Water vapor from 12h UTC; Bertha is showing up to the left.


German weather map for tomorrow.
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31. barbamz
11:05 AM GMT on August 09, 2014
Quoting 30. sandiquiz:

Morning Barbara... was that Ursula that brought all the flash flooding last evening? Cambridge and the surrounding villages really got it bad!
We had really heavy rain for about an hour, but this morning you can hardly tell! If Bertha goes across the south, we might get the northern leading edge.


Yes, I guess this was Ursula. But I didn't follow weather events yesterday very closely ... Tomorrow I will as the situtation should be very unstable.

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The latest from NASA Earthobservatory:


Wildfire in Sweden, August 9, 2014

Current situation: Swedes return home after forest fire evacuation



Unusual July Temperatures, August 8, 2014
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30. sandiquiz
10:53 AM GMT on August 09, 2014
Morning Barbara... was that Ursula that brought all the flash flooding last evening? Cambridge and the surrounding villages really got it bad!
We had really heavy rain for about an hour, but this morning you can hardly tell! If Bertha goes across the south, we might get the northern leading edge.
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29. barbamz
9:25 AM GMT on August 09, 2014

Three stormy ladies about to hit Western Europe ...

Hurricane Bertha remnants may hit south of England on Sunday
Met Office says 60%-70% chance Atlantic depression will hit, with next 24 hours critical for predicting effects on UK weather
Frances Perraudin, The Guardian, Saturday 9 August 2014


Stormy lows over Europe this morning (Water Vapor).

Weather conditions tonight and tomorrow for Germany are quite uncertain as well. Danger of severe weather cannot be ruled out, but weather services still are reluctant to launch warnings.
At least it's already quite windy at my place.


For those who understand German: Our National Weather Service DWD provides an excellent explanation on whats happening to former Bertha: Link
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28. barbamz
6:42 PM GMT on August 07, 2014
Mike, one thing is sure: You won't need any water bombers the days to come ;-) Iselle and Julio will see to it ... Don't hesitate do share your experiences on the main blog of Jeff Masters, as long as you've got power. And stay safe!

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Concerning Ex-Bertha, it's still not sure whether Sandi or my fellow Germans to the north will feel what's left from her:




Ex-hurricane Bertha tracks towards UK
BBC weather video, 7 August 2014 Last updated at 17:48
A former hurricane is tracking towards the UK bringing stormy weather this weekend.
BBC Weather's John Hammond has the latest thoughts on its timing and track.




Latest GFS forecast on Ex-Bertha (blog reaction: "excuse me - who, exactly?" lol) for the night of Sunday to Monday.
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27. clearlakemike
5:23 PM GMT on August 07, 2014
Those water bombers are a somewhat common sight in California skies. I have watched them in action on several occasions. On my last drive down to Los Angeles about a year ago....along the 5 Freeway in Lebec, California.



Ventura, Calif. in 2005 while driving to Los Angeles on the 101 Freeway...

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26. barbamz
9:40 AM GMT on August 07, 2014


Yes, Ex-Bertha is more for Sandi UK and the adjacent coastlines to the Channel), but should change our German weather to more autumnal patterns too.

Situation in Sweden improves:

Firefighters get upper hand on forest blaze
The Local, Published: 07 Aug 2014 09:20 GMT 02:00
UPDATED: With Italian and French water bombers in full swing, firefighters say they've gotten an edge on the forest fire that is burning into day eight, though strong winds are threatening the progress. ...
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25. clearlakemike
7:46 PM GMT on August 06, 2014
From reading the latest comments on Dr. Master's blog, Barb, it appears that ex Bertha is heading more or less in your direction now. Maybe more to Sandi than you. And hopefully, on to Sweden to put out the fire.
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24. barbamz
9:10 AM GMT on August 05, 2014
Swedish town evacuates as forest fire rages on
The Local (Sweden), Published: 05 Aug 2014 07:36 GMT 02:00
LIVE UPDATES: The Swedish town of Norberg is being evacuated as a massive forest fire approaches. The flames have been spreading for six days and claimed the life of a man on Tuesday morning. ...

Storms cause chaos across Norway
A powerful "supercell" storm caused floods, power losses and traffic problems across several places in Norway on Monday and Tuesday. ...
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23. clearlakemike
12:17 AM GMT on August 05, 2014
That last photo and all the weather mayhem in northern Europe are like scenes from the movie, "The Day After Tomorrow".

I try to practice what might be a "Schrebergarten"-mentality sans the strict rules and for grumpy old people on my property, Barb...Volksgesundheit!
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22. barbamz
11:55 PM GMT on August 04, 2014
It might be rare that Norway so much north gets decent supercells with golfball sized hail:

Norway pounded by rain and hail
News in English.no, August 4, 2014
Large areas of southern Norway were pounded on Monday by torrential rain and hail stones as big as golf balls, some of which cracked automobile windshields. State meteorologists warned that more extreme weather was in the forecast as a "super cell" of a low pressure system bore down on the country from Sweden.
Eastern Hedmark County was especially hard-hit as weeks of hot weather suddenly gave way to strong winds and driving rain that toppled trees and tore the roof off at least one barn. Motorist Tom Soensteby was trapped on the E16 highway at Oeyermoen near the Swedish border east of Kongsvinger after large trees fell over the road both in front of his car and behind it.
"I've never seen anything like it," Soensteby told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). "It was like a tornado, and trees were flying through the air."
Soensteby wasn't alone, as a Finnish truck driver and a few other cars were hemmed in on the highway as well. "It was impossible to get around the trees," Soensteby said, as he and other motorists had to wait for emergency crews to clear the debris.
The violent weather also damaged several cars with hailstones that literally pounded them in the Kongsvinger area. "It sounded ike the car was being shot at," said motorist Kjell Snerten. "I was afraid the entire windshield would shatter." ... (Whole article see link above)



From Facebook Fosenvaeret: Siv Annette took this picture in Orland.
Orland is 63,42 degrees north!

Current lightning in Europe (saved image). You can see the lightning in Norway, tracking already beyond the polar circle ...

Source for updates.


Storm Forecast
Valid: Tue 05 Aug 2014 06:00 to Wed 06 Aug 2014 06:00 UTC
Issued: Mon 04 Aug 2014 19:24
Forecaster: PISTOTNIK
A level 1 was issued for the Russian Kola peninsula and large parts of Scandinavia for large hail, severe wind gusts, excessive precipitation and to a lesser extent for tornadoes. ...
DISCUSSION
... Scandinavia, Russian Kola peninsula ...
An elevated mixed layer is advected from Bulgaria along the Western flank of the blocking high all the way northward into Lapland. On Monday, the hot air connected to the surface in some inland areas in Southern Sweden and resulted in temperatures up to 35C, though associated with a pronounced drying as the low-level moisture was mixed out. The more interesting environment for thunderstorms was provided when the capping inversion and the rich moisture beneath it could be maintained, especially along the Swedish coast where station observations showed temperatures mostly between 23 and 28C and impressive dewpoints around 20C. This combination resulted in more than 1500 J/kg of CAPE according to the Monday 12 UTC Sundsvall sounding, a quite rare event at this high geographical latitude.
Similar CAPE values are expected again on Tuesday in the pronounced warm air advection regime, limited to the North and West by a boundary which acts as a warm front over Lapland and a slowly advancing cold front over Norway. Convective initiation is expected as soon as cross-frontal circulations, upslope winds near the mountains or sea breezes erode and break the cap, repeatedly aided by large-scale lift from warm air advection and passing weak vorticity lobes. Scattered thunderstorms will form mostly from noon onward and move almost parallel to the boundary to the North, while constantly grazing an environment of vertical wind shear around 15 m/s near the cold front. Much of this shear is concentrated in the lowest 3 km and associated with slightly enhanced storm-relative helicity (100-150 m^2/s^2), which is sufficient for an organization into multicells and possibly a few supercells. Large hail, severe wind gusts and excessive precipitation can be expected, the latter especially in case a large cluster forms towards evening. The strongest shear will be present in close vicinity to the frontal boundary, but may be associated with infiltrating cooler air and therefore not be fully consumable by the storms. Nonetheless, models simulate a broad belt with enhanced 0-1 km wind shear in excess of 10 m/s, hence not even an isolated tornado is not ruled out in case storms can still stay surface-based close to the boundary (primarily depending on the amount of insolation).
Activity may go on well into the night while it continues to move northward into Lapland and then northeast- to eastward over the Kola Peninsula with a slowly decreasing severe weather risk. ...


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21. barbamz
9:45 PM GMT on August 04, 2014
Thank you, Sandi, for the rabbit lecture :-)
Mike, "Schrebergarten"-mentality is really a very special one in Germany. Don't want to own one in a typical colony. Very strict rules!

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Nobody can say that European weather is boring:




Town faces evacuation amid huge forest fire
The Local (Sweden), published: 04 Aug 2014 14:58 GMT 02:00

UPDATED: Residents of a small town in central Sweden were told to prepare to be evacuated on Monday evening after a major forest fire continued to spread across parts of Vaestmanland county.

The fire has been declared a national emergency and preparations had on Monday night been put in place for the evacuation of Norberg, a town of 4,500 people.

By 8pm some 1,000 people had already been evacuated, mostly from isolated homes and small hamlets.

The fire, west of Sala, 120 kilometres north-west of Stockholm, had on Monday been burning for five days. Emergency services say hard winds have been hampering efforts to control the blaze. The fire was described as "out of control" by firefighters.

%u201CWe have the worst possible conditions,%u201D said Fredrik Eriksson, spokesman for the fire brigade. ...

The bush fire, which is covering thousands of hectares, is now in its fifth day - and firefighters believe it will burn for weeks or even months.

On Monday afternoon, a rescue team saved nine volunteers who were encircled by the flames. But the fire rages on, and emergency workers evacuated the nearby village Gammelby at around 6pm. ...

The fire began on Thursday near Sala. It is unclear how the fire began, but the flames now engulf somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 hectares.

Emergency services trying to control the fire have called it the "biggest fire of modern times" in Sweden. ...

Reinforcement is even scheduled from Italy in the form of a special plane designed to extinguish forest fires. However, the plane has been delayed and is not expected until Monday evening. ...

The hot and stormy summer weather is only compounding the problem.

"It gets hotter and hotter, and the wind keeps blowing stronger," Fredrik Eriksson, chief of emergency service communication, told Expressen. ...


Whole article see link above.


Temperature (max) forecast for Europe by GFS for tomorrow.

New heat record sizzles and strikes Sweden
Published: 04 Aug 2014 09:35 GMT 02:00
Sunday's balmy weather broke the heat record for August days in Sweden since 1992 - and more tropical temperatures, rain and thunder included, are on the way.
The town of Haersnaes in Oestergoetland measured the mercury at 34C yesterday, marking the high for August weather since 1992. It was also the warmest August day ever recorded in Visby, Gotland, at 32.9C.
But that doesn't mean Swedes are still lounging in their swimsuits. The summer has turned hot, heavy and humid, with storms whipping the country.
On Sunday night 47,901 lightning strikes were recorded - beating this year's previous record of 45,000 by a long shot.
"It's the highest number of strikes we have seen since we started recording them in 2002," Linnea Rehn, meteorologist at SMHI, told news agency TT. ...

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20. clearlakemike
7:13 PM GMT on August 04, 2014
Hi Barb, sorry to hear of all the flooding in Europe. The one near Venice appeared to be particularly nasty. Enjoyed reading about the German shanty towns though. Especially, the comments, lol..."Rarely see children at these Kleingartens, but mostly old grumpy people who don't want to have any noise going on."
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19. sandiquiz
11:03 AM GMT on August 04, 2014
All the best to you too, and thank you!
(Well, this custom of "white rabbits" for every month isn't familiar to me. When and where did it arouse? I hope I won't run out of white rabbits in the internet soon, lol.)


There are as many stories of where it came from as days in the year!

It is a northern thing in Britain, and is supposed to bring luck for the month. (A rabbit's foot is meant to be lucky, too.)

Some even think it goes back to Shakespeare.....

Tis not but a mere rabbit,
For where runs the rabbit,
There 'tis the habit of running the fox.
-- All's Well That Ends Well, IV, iii, l.17-21.

As following the rabbit will bring bigger game to the table!

I am astounded at the size of those hailstones! Heavens above, they would give you headache!!

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18. barbamz
1:59 AM GMT on August 04, 2014
The birds that plague the Eternal City
By Alan Johnston BBC News, Rome, 2 August 2014 Last updated at 23:17 GMT

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17. barbamz
12:29 AM GMT on August 04, 2014
Quoting 16. originalLT:

Hi Barb, my "kids" landed in Berlin at 12 noon, today, Berlin time. They will be in Germany for 11 days, the first few in Berlin. Thanks for all the weather info.


Huh, I'm glad your kids landed safely today, OLT! Just some minutes ago I was wondering where and when they exactly would enter Germany, as "European Storm Forecast Experiment" launched some warnings for the Berlin area:

I'd be pleased if you tell me what impressions your children got from Germany. It's always interesting to be assessed from outsiders, lol. BTW: german weather should be warm, sultry and "thunderstormy" for two more days, and then calm down and stay very nice for some days.

Bug, thanks for visiting; hope you are fine. - Well, in this specific case I wouldn't blame your local media, as the current flooding in Europe mostly is convective = local. And although it's severe, annoying or even dangerous for some folksin certain spots it's really not an European catastrophe. When I check google about f.e. flooding news I always get a lot of reports from some areas of vast US, but of course they usually won't show up in German news as long as they aren't very exceptional with huge death tolls.
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16. originalLT
1:57 PM GMT on August 03, 2014
Hi Barb, my "kids" landed in Berlin at 12 noon, today, Berlin time. They will be in Germany for 11 days, the first few in Berlin. Thanks for all the weather info.
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15. palmettobug53
1:01 PM GMT on August 03, 2014
Oh, heavens above! That squirrel/magpie dispute gave me a good laugh!

I had no idea Europe was dealing with such terrible flooding.

I haven't seen any mention of it in our local paper, which isn't surprising. The quality of their reporting seems to be nothing more than an expanded police blotter and local tidbits. National and international news has been reduced to small blurbs hidden in the back pages. I've seriously considered cancelling our subscription. The local news isn't any better.

It's possible that The Weather Channel has mentioned it but I haven't been watching constantly. Just brief checks for local weather and updates on Bertha.

Thought of you yesterday, as I was reading the latest issue of National Geographic. There was an interesting article about a complex on the Ness of Brogdar in the Orkneys.

I feel rather sorry for that poor farmer, though, losing his so much of his farmyard to the excavation.
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14. barbamz
11:25 AM GMT on August 03, 2014
Bad news from northern Italy. Mind most parts of Italy and adjacent countries around the Adriatic Sea (Mediterranean) have problems this summer because of unusual wet weather with a lot of severe thunderstorms, and tourism is badly affected. In Germany July had been too wet as well (btw, interesting current blog of our WU weatherhistorian reports about the nearly record amount of rainfall in northwestern Germany end of July and provides numbers of National 24-hour Precipitation Records worldwide).

Italy flash flood: Four people killed at festival near Venice
BBC News, 3 August 2014 Last updated at 08:53 GMT
Four people have been killed and 20 others injured after a flash flood tore through a festival in northern Italy.
Reports from the scene talk of panic as a mud-filled torrent swept people away late on Saturday night at the festival at Refrontolo, north of Venice.
The event, by an old mill house beneath a waterfall, was meant to celebrate and promote the attractions of the area.
But during the festivities, there was a burst of very heavy rain and a wall of water suddenly ripped through the area.
According to the local media, some panic-stricken party-goers managed to cling to trees while the muddy torrent raged around them.
But others were swept to their death in the flood, which also carried away cars and tents.
The rescue operation went out throughout the night; divers are continuing to look for more victims.
Other villages in the area were also affected by landslides caused by the rain, reports say.




Two year old video of the old mill near Venice/Italy where the desaster struck last night (video shows a day dedicated to traditional life). Beautiful, but certainly not a good place to be during a record flash flood:



And another notable and rare European weather event yesterday: this is already the second waterspout-tornado which struck Istanbul/Turkey (first one happened mid June):



Need some eggs for breakfast? Zaragoza (Spain) recently got some.


Foto: Rafa Tena Tejado, Source: @ordesa1963 twitter / Tiempo Valencia

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13. barbamz
9:13 PM GMT on August 01, 2014


All the best to you too, and thank you!
(Well, this custom of "white rabbits" for every month isn't familiar to me. When and where did it arouse? I hope I won't run out of white rabbits in the internet soon, lol.)

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'Look at those German shanty towns!'
Published: 01 Aug 2014 12:19 GMT 02:00
Visitors to Germany can sometimes be confused by the country's love of allotments in cities, known as a Kleingarten. Teacher and blogger Kathleen Ralf tells us what it's all about.
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12. GardenGrrl
3:06 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
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11. sandiquiz
9:22 AM GMT on August 01, 2014
White Rabbit, White Rabbit, White Rabbit
Wishing you a very happy month of August :)



Never a drop fell yesterday on us, although fifty miles further north they got a deluge!

Hopefully some will land on us from tomorrow's promised rain!
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10. barbamz
9:50 AM GMT on July 31, 2014
Lol:

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9. barbamz
9:42 AM GMT on July 31, 2014
Hey Sandi, thank you. I hope you get some drops out of this:
UK Forecast - July 30, 2014: Rain spreading from the west: Driest toward the south-east

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Finland (!) may get some tornadoes today:

Storm Forecast from Estofex:
Valid: Thu 31 Jul 2014 06:00 to Fri 01 Aug 2014 06:00 UTC, Issued: Thu 31 Jul 2014 00:30, Forecaster: GATZEN
A level 2 was issued for parts of Finland mainly for severe wind gusts, tornadoes, and large hail. ...
SYNOPSIS
A well-developed cut-off low moves slowly from the Adriatic Sea to the Balkan Peninsula. To its north, an intensifying ridge stretches from south-western Europe across central Europe to western Russia. A head of low geopotential over north-western Europe and the north-east Atlantic, several short-wave troughs move north-eastward.
At lower levels, a cold front has crossed Sweden and Germany and will affect a region from Finland to Poland and the northern Balkans on Thursday. Rich low-level moisture ahead of the front will allow for CAPE around 1000 J/kg in the afternoon hours. Rich moisture will also remain in the Alpine region, whereas drier air spreads into Germany and France. ...

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8. sandiquiz
8:44 AM GMT on July 31, 2014
However, as the jet stream moves slowly southwards this week we're likely to see a change to something more unsettled.....

I don't mind this happening, as long as we get some rain, it has been dry in my area for the last three weeks and all three water butts are empty:( BUT I don't want as much rain as Europe has had... it looks awful. Glad it missed you.
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7. barbamz
1:19 AM GMT on July 31, 2014
GG, both I think. Weather seem to tend more to the extremes - longer hot and dry periods, followed by torrential rains.

More about the situation in the Balkans once again (and it isn't over yet) from BBC weather video:

Devastating floods in Eastern Europe
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6. GardenGrrl
2:19 PM GMT on July 30, 2014
Is it just because I have been following your blog recently or has Europe been getting an unusual amount of heavy flooding in the last couple years?

BTW, the red squirrel and magpie are a hoot! Could almost hear them saying "MINE!" " no, MINE!"
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5. barbamz
8:43 AM GMT on July 30, 2014
Here some news from wed Europe, first are from Ittre, Belgium:





Ittre: "En dix minutes, un veritable torrent s'est forme" (photos et videos)
Redaction en ligne, Mis en ligne il y a 39 minutes (couldn't find news in English, yet).


Hundreds Evacuated, Three Dead in East Europe Floods
World | Associated Press | Updated: July 30, 2014 01:10 IST
Romania: Three people died and several hundreds were forced to evacuate as surging floodwaters submerged villages in Eastern Europe on Tuesday.
In Bulgaria, authorities said a 61-year-old woman died in the floods and another person was reported missing after torrential rains hit the region of Gabrovo in the central parts of the country.
Two people, including a 72-year-old man, also drowned in Romania as floods raged in different regions, said Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea. A passenger train derailed in the same area after a small bridge caved in due to flooding, but there were no immediate reports of injuries, the national railway said.
Seventy Bulgarian villages and parts of the city of Gabrovo were left without electricity and water supply was disrupted as the flooding destroyed some of the water and sewerage infrastructure. The rains also induced landslides and destroyed bridges, and many roads in the region were blocked by mud and debris. ...




Floods hit western Germany
Reuters Video, 12:15am EDT - 00:28
Summer storms bring flooding to parts of western Germany . Paul Chapman reports
This should be the height of summer in western Germany. Instead heavy storms have brought torrential rain and flooding. These were the scenes in the city of Bonn. Cellars of homes have been flooded out. Cars have been stranded, forcing their owners to abandon them in the streets as the water rises. Weather forecasters say some parts have had as much rain in a single day as they'd have expected for the whole month five times over.

A change to the jet stream
BBC weather video, 29 July 2014 Last updated at 12:13
The position of the jet stream is crucial in deciding what weather we'll see in the UK. For the past few weeks its position to the north of the country has ensured mainly dry and very warm conditions. However, as the jet stream moves slowly southwards this week we're likely to see a change to something more unsettled. BBC Weather's Darren Bett explains.



Purple: Regions with already more than 150l of rain in July (wetteronline).
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4. barbamz
8:23 PM GMT on July 29, 2014
Sandi, Scilly Isles and Trescow must be a really lovely and interesting place; I've looked it up.

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A day of sultry air and a lot of thunderstorms in Germany today. Flooding in some places. But it still took two severe attempts from heaven - combined with a lot of severe lightning - to finally unload a decent and beneficial amount of rain (22mm) onto the old center of Mainz where I live. I really loved it. No hail and no wind damage.

Air should be refreshing for some days until the muggy weather is forecast to resume over the next weekend.


Saved loop of today's lightings in Germany, the European kingdom of thunderstorms today.


Timelapse of the weathercam of Mainz University today, recording one of the thunderstorms.
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3. sandiquiz
10:55 AM GMT on July 29, 2014
Oh, Barbara, one of my "love to do" tasks is to go to Tresco gardens in Scilly. I have seen it on TV so many times, so if they do get red squirrels to breed, and I do get to go, I can see two of my "hopes" at once!

Sorry about the death with the floods!
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2. barbamz
8:43 AM GMT on July 29, 2014
Thank you Sandi. Yeah, red squirrels: we still stick to the original :-)
Hope this project thrives:


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Lots of local flooding yesterday, though not in my dry town ;-)



Wellendingen, southwestern Germany.

And here an amazing video of a German Autobahn near Greven (northwestern Germany) yesterday:



One of the rainstorms in nearby Muenster which saw records amounts of precipitation this day:


Muenster.


Muenster.


Source.

Two die as heavy rain and floods hits west
The Local, Published: 29 Jul 2014 09:10 GMT 02:00
UPDATE: A man drowned in his cellar on Monday night as heavy rain battered parts of north-western Germany. A second man died when he tried to drive through a flooded street. The emergency services were in places overwhelmed by hundreds of calls. There are further weather warnings in place for Tuesday. ...


Wetteronline.de: Up to 294l/qm in barely a half day on July 28,2014 in some spots of Muenster (numbers aren't yet confirmed by our National Weather Service, as far as I know). Happened due to a channel of convergence amid unstable air and a row of heavy thunderstorms lined up in this channel to boot.


Saved map with the amounts of rainfall in the last 24h.
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1. sandiquiz
6:52 PM GMT on July 28, 2014
LOL - I wondered what on earth the title of your blog meant!

Your video is priceless, but the best bit is you get to see the little red squirrel:) We only have their American cousins here, in my area, the big grey squirrels... now the magpie wouldn't have dreamt of tackling one of them!!

Well followed... :)
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I'm Barbara in Germany (Mainz), and I'm interested in weather already for decades.