European weather and more

By: barbamz , 6:05 PM GMT on August 29, 2013

September 15: Autumnal Sunday greetings from my sister's garden:





The inhabitants of the garden apparently are a bit sad that summer is waning.

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The wreckage of Costa Concordia seen form space before and after erection. Article from September 18 is in Germany, but just move the bar in the middle of the picture.

September 16th: Two screenshots during the salvage of the Costa Concordia in Italy with "romantic" sunset light:






Current European weather:



September 8 and following days: Nothing very dramatic to report, just autumn is sending his first rainy waves into Western Europe. Heavy rainfall in some regions though.




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European weather news:

Two spectacular waterspouts dancing off the coast in Croatia (Rovinij) at September 11:



Still the same weather pattern in the Mediterranean which was dominant already for weeks: Stream of unstable air emerges Tunisia and is heading to soutern and mid Italy and further to the Adriatic sea:


Saved image September 12.




September 6, 2013:
Falmouth looks like winter scene after freak hail storm
BBC, 6 September 2013 Last updated at 21:31 BST
A freak hail storm left part of Falmouth in Cornwall looking like a winter's scene.
PE teacher Tommy Matthews, 52, of The Gluyas arrived home from work to find an inch of hail covering the street.
Neighbours' garages were flooded and manholes burst as the hail turned into a stream of water.
The hail storm, which hit at about 17:00 BST, came amid a Met Office warning of heavy rain in the South West overnight and into Saturday.


Earlier, end of August:



Video (August 30) from Reggio Calabria which usually is connected more with the threat of Mafia than with hazards of severe weather. But the first minute should be able to compete with a tropical storm, no?





August 30:

Saved image: MCS is building offshore Tunisia.




More news from recent weather action in the Mediterranean:



Translation by me with some help from giggle :)
Near collision on Tuesday evening for cruise ship company Grandi Navi Veloci. Due to bad weather and a tornado that had raised a giant column of sand, shortly after the completion of boarding cars and passengers in the port of Tunis, a cargo ship adrift came close to ferry "La Superba". On board were hundreds of Italian tourists. Luckily the collision has been avoided, and after a backward maneuver the alarm was canceled. The video of the incident was posted on Facebook by one of our readers in the Val di Susa, director of the cruise, Alfredo Alpe. www.repubblica.it
Source in Italian language


European weather related news:

Wood-burning stoves ruining Germany's air
Deutsche Welle English, September 19, 2013
Heating with wood is inexpensive and, if done correctly, it can be eco-friendly. Some 15 million fireplaces and wood-burning stoves are installed in homes across Germany, but the soot produced is harmful to health. ...

EU drafts plan to fight invasive species
Deutsche Welle English, September 12, 2013
Invasive animals and plants are threatening Europe’s native species. The invaders can even become dangerous for humans too. After complaints from farmers and experts, the EU is now planning bloc-wide legislation. ...

Hottest Days in Some Parts of Europe Have Warmed Four Times More Than the Global Average
Science Daily , Sep. 11, 2013
Some of the hottest days and coldest nights in parts of Europe have warmed more than four times the global average change since 1950, according to a new paper by researchers from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Warwick, which is published today (11 September 2013) in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
The researchers translated observations of weather into observations of climate change using a gridded dataset of observations stretching back to 1950. The hottest 5 per cent of days in summer have warmed fastest in a band from southern England and northern France to Denmark. By contrast, the average and slightly hotter than average days have warmed most in regions further south in France and Germany. In eastern Spain and central Italy there has been broad warming across all types of days, but in most places those days which are cooler than average have not warmed so much.
The paper points out that some locations and temperature thresholds have seen little change since 1950. The authors suggest that the results highlight the scale of the difference between global change and the local climate changes felt by individuals.
Dr. David Stainforth, the lead author on the paper, said: "Climate is fundamentally the distributions of weather. As climate changes, the distributions change. But they don't just shift, they change shape. How they change shape depends on where you are. In Britain, climate change will feel very different if you live in Northumbria to if you live in Oxfordshire; different again in Devon." ...

Whole article see link above.

Who, what, why: How does a skyscraper melt a car?
BBC, 3 September 2013 Last updated at 15:07 GMT
A London skyscraper dubbed the Walkie-Talkie has been blamed for reflecting light which melted parts of a car parked on a nearby street. What happened?
It's like starting a fire with a parabolic mirror.
"Fundamentally it's reflection. If a building creates enough of a curve with a series of flat windows, which act like mirrors, the reflections all converge at one point, focusing and concentrating the light," says Chris Shepherd, from the Institute of Physics.
The half-finished 37-storey "Walkie Talkie"- nicknamed such because of its tapering rectangular design - is indeed a curvy building. Its design, which has also been compared to a brimming pint glass, has come under controversy before.
It transpires the car, a Jaguar on Eastcheap in the City of London, was parked at just the spot where the focused light landed. ...


At least 28 wildfires still burning out of control in Portugal
EuroNew Video, 29/08 13:45 CET
Wildfires are continuing to rage in parts of Portugal
Around 1,400 firefighters are tackling the flames which intensified in the early hours of Thursday morning because of high winds.
At least 28 fires are still out of control in the northern and central areas of Portugal, particularly in the mountain range of Caramulo and the national park of Alvao. ...


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Storms for newbies:

Recently I stumbled over this nice introduction on youtube which would tell you all you need to know about - huhhhh - storms:

Of course, as a middle aged German I had no clue what it is, and was at first quite puzzled when watching :)

More infos for people who don't know "Bill Nye the Science Guy" may read the article on Wikipedia.

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Previous messy blogs:

August 2013: About tornados in Germany, tropical scenery at Rhine River, sea- and lakemonsters, wild weather in the Mediterranean and more stuff.

July/August 2013: Heat wave in Germany and Europe and its bangs at the end, combined with monster hail.

Not very messy blogs:

July 2013: Spectacular exchange of an old spire in my town

June 20, 2013: Storms in Germany June 20th

June 2, 2013: Walk with me around the volcano lake

February 2013: Chasing Ice


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48. clearlakemike
7:37 PM GMT on September 25, 2013
Quoting 45. barbamz:


Thanks Mike. Sorry, had to remove your comment because of the automatically starting youtube video. Wasn't able to fix it in your post. But here is the pure link to it:

Link

Have to run. See you all later. And thanks, GardenGrrl, for visiting, too!


No problem, Barb. Sorry if it caused you trouble. I thought you would just delete it if it was annoying. Thank you for keeping the link to it in a new post!! :)
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47. barbamz
12:32 PM GMT on September 25, 2013
Just to finish this mummy stuff from post #7 above :)

Attic Mystery Solved: Mummy Has Plastic Bones and Real Skull
Spiegel English, September 25, 2013.
A mysterious mummy found in a German attic has kept experts busy for several weeks, but they have finally determined that it's a fake.
For weeks, experts have been trying to determine whether a mysterious mummy found by a German boy in his grandmother's attic is authentic. The answer appears to be: yes and no. It has a real human skull, but a plastic skeleton, the news agency DPA reported Wednesday....
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46. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
10:22 AM GMT on September 25, 2013
barbamz has created a new entry.
45. barbamz
7:53 AM GMT on September 25, 2013
Quoting 44. clearlakemike:
Hi Barb, thought you might find this interesting. Hope you are having a good week! Sorry that video automatically starts...not sure what causes that and how to stop it? auf Wiedersehen


Thanks Mike. Sorry, had to remove your comment because of the automatically starting youtube video. Wasn't able to fix it in your post. But here is the pure link to it:

Link

Have to run. See you all later. And thanks, GardenGrrl, for visiting, too!
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43. clearlakemike
3:22 PM GMT on September 24, 2013
Hey, Barb, thanks for posting more links and infos...will look at them this week. I have been also reading about the election in US media as well. My eyes glaze over and as Sandi would say, "pass me the headache pills" trying to figure it all out. So, Mutti must deal with some coalition...I am used to the simplicity of living under a Plutocratic Puppet Show as I explained earlier. Anyway, will try and give it another whirl. I think it was mentioned that Germany has probably the fairest and most democratic elections in the world now albeit complicated.

Sorry to hear about the birds. :(
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42. GardenGrrl
3:00 PM GMT on September 24, 2013
Hi, finally getting around to every ones blog. I missed a lot here. Really cool Germany is getting green even without the Green Party.
I like the idea of wildlife bridges. It will save a lot of lives, both animal and human.
A dark light preserve is a great idea too. There is no where within an hours plus drive that is dark enough for good star gazing around here in the DFW metroplex.
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41. barbamz
10:49 AM GMT on September 24, 2013
Very bad that this still is happening in Southern Europe. The economical crisis even enhances this bird killing, unfortunately.

Fatal skies for birds in Malta
Deutsche Welle English, September 23, 2013
This time of year the skies above Malta are filled with the sight of migrating birds on their way from Europe to Africa. But thousands of them will never reach Africa, shot instead by hunters on the island. ...
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40. barbamz
9:04 AM GMT on September 24, 2013
Hey visitors, nice to see you. I have to be a more busy this week though (on job, not on blog, lol). Weather is calm, so nothing to report from this side too.

Concerning the elections the strong victory of Merkel has been a sort of Pyrrhic Victory because she needs another party to form a government, and it won't be the Liberals because they have been pushed out of parlament. Probably a grand coalition with the Social Democrats will be formed, with - together - 80% majority in parlament, which is a bit odd in my eyes. Moreover the common program could be more wishy-washi with all those needed compromises.
I would prefer a coalition whith the Greens, but they are a bit too ideologically left-fixed in the moment, and they were weakened by the elections, too. No party is extremely keen to be hugged by mighty Merkel an her Christian Democrats right now, lol.

Latest on Spiegel English

Spiegel English about the recent fate of the Green Party

Deutsche Welle English about Angela Merkel

And, by the way:


Germany's first black MPs enter Bundestag
The Local, published: 24 Sep 2013 08:40 CET
Germany's first two lawmakers of African origin cheered their victory as trailblazers on Monday after winning seats in parliament in Sunday's elections.
Senegalese-born Karamba Diaby, 51, will represent Halle, an eastern city of 230,000 people, for the Social Democrats in the Bundestag lower house of parliament.
And a German actor of Senegalese extraction, Charles M. Huber, captured a seat for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU). ...

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39. ycd0108
4:23 AM GMT on September 24, 2013
barbamz:
I check this blog regularly for you interesting posts and links.
I don't think I have ever disturbed your sleep though one stormy night my flight was supposed to connect in Frankfurt but we were diverted to Zurich.
Power just browned out but the comment is still here. I should post it and shut down.
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38. BaltimoreBrian
3:41 AM GMT on September 24, 2013
What did you think about the German election? Angie's taken the lead but who should her dance partner be?
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37. clearlakemike
11:47 PM GMT on September 21, 2013
Thanks for the link and memory refresh, Barb. I remembered the maars but not the reference to Yellowstone. I thought that the "hysteria" about it might be sensationalism. They like to play that up with Yellowstone also. Although, the scientists do say that Yellowstone is "geologically overdue". And that if it does erupt the eastern half of the US will be a Dead Zone. Maybe I should add that story to my blog.

Thank you for the links and infos about the airport, Geothermal and the German election. Great collage of "Angie". Sounds like she is well liked by most Germans.
Interesting insights about the country as well.

Germans like their quiet. Should a couple raise their voices such that they can be heard in the courtyard of a city apartment building, it is a sure bet that before long, the phrase "Ruhe da!" ("Quiet!") will come ringing out of an open window. Even in big metropolises like Berlin, most flat seekers yearn for silence and tranquillity, far removed from the chaotic noise emanating from the busy streets.
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36. barbamz
9:03 PM GMT on September 21, 2013
Huh, guys, a lot of visitors. Thanks and welcome to my messy blog ;)

Frankfurt Airport: Fortunately Mainz isn't that close to the darned new runway, Mike, that my dishes would rattle from the noise of the planes (otherwise they would rattle without any break at certain days).

From wiki: Run by transport company Fraport, Frankfurt Airport is by far the busiest airport by passenger traffic in Germany, the third busiest in Europe (after London Heathrow Airport and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport) and the 11th busiest worldwide in 2012. Passenger traffic at Frankfurt Airport in 2012 was 57.5 million.

Although the airport provides a lot of jobs and make the region attractive for business, I'm not very happy with the plans to expand its capacity in a large amount even further; a lot of people in this heavy populated area are suffering from the noise. And moreover you wonder how they will manage this huge air traffic without accidents. Wiki: On October 20, 2011, the fourth runway went into operation, which will allow the airport to meet the predicted demand of about 700,000 aircraft movements in 2020. To handle the predicted passenger amount of about 90 million in 2020, a new terminal section adjacent to Terminal 1 for an additional six million passengers opened on October 10, 2012, and a large third terminal for 25 million passengers is scheduled to be built beginning in 2013.

As I'm living in this region for five decades, I can remember very well those cosy times in the sixties (was a child then), Airman, when you could leave Frankfurt Airport Terminal by foot and walk to the small open air parking area amid the adjacent forest. Those trees and areas are all gone for a long time, of course. A whole sort of town was built at this airport.

Well, maybe I should dedicate a new blog to this airport stuff at some time ...

Super volcano in the Eifel (yes, we've got this one in Germany!): Mike, my blog in June was dedicated to this subject as I've spent some days with family in this nearby region and took some photos. Maybe you like to check it out (and the comment section, too). But all those rumours that this huge volcano is going to explode in full force in near future are pure sensationalism and fearmongering.

Geothermal energy is already used and will be further explored in Germany, Mike. I'm not sure about the suitability of the "super volcano" Eifel region though, which is mountainous and quite rural. As far as I know they are drilling mostly in the plains, esp. the upper Rhine valley. Unfortunately there are occurring related earthquakes (Rhine valley is most prone to quakes in Germany), so that there is some uncertainty about this source of energy. But I should dig deeper into this subject to give you more reliable informations. And I couldn't find some articles in English language I've recently read about this :(


Here is a map from German wiki (click to enlarge) with places of geothermal plants in my country (the red and purple ones; the blue ones are mostly hot spring resorts, the green ones are places of research).

Palmettobug, I'm dizzy myself by the variety of all these subjects, lol. And the hurricanes on the main blog to boot --- but wait, in this season of 2013 ... So I better stick to the typhoons in the WPAC ;)

Tomorrow, Sunday, is election day in Germany. Follow on Spiegel English, if you like. Quite sure that our "Angie" will make it once again, but nothing is sure about the coalition partner, which her party CDU (Christian democrates) will need. We'll see how it pans out. See you all the next week, stay safe and bright!

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35. palmettobug53
6:32 PM GMT on September 21, 2013
Goodness! From mummies in the attic to wildlife bridges and escaped sea lions, not to mention all the weather topics. Two water spouts?

There's enough here to keep me reading for hours. I'll have to force myself to wait a while, though. I have some very pressing household chores and errands that must be done this weekend. I've some free time coming up in a few days and I'll be back for a more leisurely read.

I definitely like that idea of wildlife bridges!
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34. clearlakemike
6:11 PM GMT on September 21, 2013
Barb, thought you might find this interesting as you (and Germany) are interested in finding renewable energy sources. Not sure if geothermal counts as that (although it is sort of like tapping into the energy of the sun, I guess...not wonkish enough to know for sure.) But anyway, there are efforts here on Hawaii Island to do that,

New Zealand Geothermal Experience Touted At Wainaku Center

I know you mentioned the volcanic area in Germany before but I remember you said it was dormant.

I came across this, Is Germany's Super Volcano Awakening? I didn't realize Germany had one, is this true? (can't believe everything you read on the internet.)
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33. clearlakemike
6:32 PM GMT on September 20, 2013
Quoting 31. barbamz:
Airman, here are some pics of wildlife using one of those bridges. I think with blinds and growing green the bridges will look less suspect for animals :)





Source (Dorstener Zeitung, in German)


Mike, wish you luck with the UFOS, though I'm a bit doubtful about this subject. Anyway, sky over my place in Mainz near Frankfurt is so overloaded whith "known flying objects" that no alien would dare to approach.

Here on this map you can follow the planes reaching or leaving Frankfurt Airport (and their noise).

[No landing or starting planes should be seen between 11pm and 5am (our time) to protect our sleep].

In the moment they are coming in from the east, which is better for me living in the west of the airport. When they approach in sight of my house, it's really a relentless noise.

Nevertheless, when you're in a plane you sometimes get a nice view from the area. This plane is coming in from the East:



Barb, I lived under the flight path for Washinton DC's airport and I can empathize. They were on their final approach to land and I could almost see the people looking out the airplane windows above. This was back in the day before cable tv and the movement of the jets through the air would disrupt the tv signal. Not to mention the noise!! The dishes in the cupboard would rattle along with the windows.

I have seen once the view flying in and out of Frankfurt. I flew from San Francisco to Frankfurt, transited for an hour and fifteen minutes (and smoked as many cigarettes as I could, don't smoke anymore! :)) and then continued on to Bangalore, India. So, I haven't really been in Germany. I was on a German airliner (Lufthansa) for almost 20 hours!! lol

Yes, I think Frankfurt is a major European hub. I recently checked on a flight from Kona, Hawaii to Chennai, India and it was Lufthansa through Frankfurt. Would love to go to Pondicherry but will have to wait till I save my pesos.

UPDATE: Actually, I have seen the view of Frankfurt from the air twice, lol...I forgot that I returned from India back through Frankfurt again!! I think perhaps this time I go to India maybe it will be one-way, LOL
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32. airman45
4:23 PM GMT on September 20, 2013
Hi Barbara,

Great aircraft tracking map! It shows just how busy Frankfurt airport is. I have been through there many times, and I have to say that Frankfurt is not my favorite airport.

Stuttgart airport is great. It is small, but not too small. Plenty of parking just in front of the terminal, and you can actually go in the terminal and see the other side!
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31. barbamz
10:27 AM GMT on September 20, 2013
Airman, here are some pics of wildlife using one of those bridges. I think with blinds and growing green the bridges will look less suspect for animals :)





Source (Dorstener Zeitung, in German)


Mike, wish you luck with the UFOS, though I'm a bit doubtful about this subject. Anyway, sky over my place in Mainz near Frankfurt is so overloaded whith "known flying objects" that no alien would dare to approach.

Here on this map you can follow the planes reaching or leaving Frankfurt Airport (and their noise).

[No landing or starting planes should be seen between 11pm and 5am (our time) to protect our sleep].

In the moment they are coming in from the east, which is better for me living in the west of the airport. When they approach in sight of my house, it's really a relentless noise.

Nevertheless, when you're in a plane you sometimes get a nice view from the area. This plane is coming in from the East:

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30. clearlakemike
5:54 PM GMT on September 19, 2013
Quoting 28. barbamz:
Although it seems a bit crazy, I like my country for efforts like these :)


Germany spends millions on animal-only bridges
The Local, published: 18 Sep 2013 16:32 CET
Germany is living up to its environmentally-friendly image by spending millions of euros on building bridges just for animals. Humans caught crossing them face a Euro35 fine. More than a hundred wildlife bridges are to be built in the next decade. ...


That is wonderful, Barb. Yes, Hawaii does have some wonderful features. My experience here has been very mixed unfortunately, but I do try to appreciate what I do enjoy here. I am hoping to see a UFO one day in the beautiful dark skies. My brother saw one once that was about the size of three (American) football fields (BIG), and that was from his perspective on the ground. All I have seen is just the ISS going quickly overhead. I enjoy gazing at the constellations and into the center of the Milky Way. I imagine all the civilizations out there that have come and gone on the spiral bands of billions of stars and planets.

The ancient Polynesians used the dark skies to navigate to these islands. I live not too far from where the first are thought to have come ashore after their journey across the South Pacific.
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29. airman45
7:25 PM GMT on September 18, 2013
I was wondering if animals would actually cross them, but the article says they do after a time. I would think the traffic noise would scare them. These bridges are a great idea.

In the late 1980's I lived near the Eifel region when stationed at Flugplatz Hahn, now Frankfurt-Hahn, in the Hundsruck (hope I spelled it correctly). I can see that area being a dark sky preserve.
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28. barbamz
5:58 PM GMT on September 18, 2013
Although it seems a bit crazy, I like my country for efforts like these :)


Germany spends millions on animal-only bridges
The Local, published: 18 Sep 2013 16:32 CET
Germany is living up to its environmentally-friendly image by spending millions of euros on building bridges just for animals. Humans caught crossing them face a Euro35 fine. More than a hundred wildlife bridges are to be built in the next decade. ...
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27. barbamz
5:11 PM GMT on September 18, 2013
Thanks, Mike, for the interesting links. Must be beautiful to live in Hawaii with its dark skies (and volcanoes and large waves and ... and ...). I always love to stare into the night sky when I spend my vacation in a place with few light pollution. We are losing a lot of valuable experience with the extinction of the starry sky in so many places.

And yes, airman, I was surprised too that a region near Berlin should be the darkest in Germany. I've read earlier that there are also plans to start a dark sky preserve in the Eifel region though (mid western part of Germany). Would be much better in reach for me :)
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26. airman45
7:29 PM GMT on September 17, 2013
Hi Barbara,

I find it funny that the darkest region in Germany is in the area of Berlin!
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25. clearlakemike
6:26 PM GMT on September 17, 2013
Quoting 24. barbamz:
German astronomers fight for dark sky preserve
Deutsche Welle English, September 16, 2013

Light pollution from bustling cities infuriates astronomers. And in heavily industrialized Germany, a good dark corner can be hard to find. Astronomers have found the darkest one - if only they can protect it. ...



Yes,that must be hard to find in Germany! Hawaii Island is home to the observatories on Mauna Kea. We have very dark skies here. Where I live, there is virtually no light pollution (no street lights whatsover.) I enjoy a good view of the night sky just about every night, especially the Milky Way.

Also, Barb, thought you might find this interesting about Hawaii's Energy Report Card.
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24. barbamz
2:17 PM GMT on September 17, 2013
German astronomers fight for dark sky preserve
Deutsche Welle English, September 16, 2013

Light pollution from bustling cities infuriates astronomers. And in heavily industrialized Germany, a good dark corner can be hard to find. Astronomers have found the darkest one - if only they can protect it. ...

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23. barbamz
4:25 PM GMT on September 16, 2013
Thanks a lot, Mike, for being such an interested visitor of my blog :)
Spiegel English edition alsways is a good address to stay informed about (political) developments in Germany - the more as our central elections will take place the Sunday to come. And I better don't comment on the two-party-system in the US which really doesn't seem to do any good to the US any longer ...

I have to be quite busy in office right now, so I can't spend as much time on WU as I'd like to. Today, Sandi, I had to endure an introductory training in accountancy (double bookkeping). Pheeewww, not my world really! But my weekend with a little autumnal walk in nature was nice indeed, thanks for asking.
I hope you've survived your storm in the UK. Will have to check now what's has been going on in the world weatherwise while I had to listen to this accountancy stuff ...

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22. sandiquiz
10:35 AM GMT on September 16, 2013
Morning Barbara,

The sun is shining today... but probably the last time this week!

Hope you had a great weekend :)

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21. clearlakemike
3:03 AM GMT on September 16, 2013
Quoting 12. barbamz:
Wow, thanks Mike for all these comments (the first one on this Bill Nye video on the top of the entry) and the link to the impressive black and white gallery!

I'm out till Saturday evening due to some work and a birthday party (while weather is still really fine but too dry over all). Here the latest stom outlouk:



Storm Forecast
Valid: Fri 06 Sep 2013 06:00 to Sat 07 Sep 2013 06:00 UTC
Issued: Thu 05 Sep 2013 20:06
Forecaster: TUSCHY

A level 1 was issued for far NE France, parts of Belgium and the Netherlands mainly for large hail, strong to severe wind gusts and an isolated tornado event.

A level 1 was issued for W-UK and NE Ireland mainly for an isolated tornado event. The northern part of the level 1 will see excessive rain.

A level 1 was issued for NE Spain for the evening/overnight hours mainly for an isolated large hail event.

A level 1 was issued for Sicily and S-Italy mainly for large hail and excessive rain. An isolated tornado event is possible.


Source and detailled discussion on estofex.org.

If you like to read something about problems of Germany's effort to respond to climate change, go here:

Germany's Energy Poverty: How Electricity Became a Luxury Good
By SPIEGEL Staff, September 4, 2013


This is our minister for Environment Issues. But of course I'm supporting the efforts of "Energiewende"!



Interesting link about Germany's Energy Poverty. I have just read page one but will continue. Many here are impressed by Germany's decision to phase out nuclear. I hope things can work out so the system is 'socially just'. California experienced a similar problem but it was due to Enron criminally manipulating the energy market. Electricity rates here in Hawaii are the highest in the US energy market. Too much dependence on imported oil.
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20. clearlakemike
2:49 AM GMT on September 16, 2013
Quoting 13. barbamz:
Elections in Germany are only two weeks ahead (September 22, 2013):

Poll Plummet: What Happened to Germany's Green Party?
Spiegel English, September 6, 2013, by Charles Hawley

Just two years ago, it looked like Germany's Green Party was going to challenge the Social Democrats for the honor of being the country's second largest party. Now, poll numbers suggest only one in 10 voters will support them. What went wrong?

It was an astounding result. In April of 2011, a political survey found that fully 28 percent of German voters supported the Green Party, well more than the center-left Social Democrats. Immediately, pundits began writing about a new Volkspartei, that uniquely German term which implies a big-tent, yet cosily familiar, political party.

But there was one problem. Elections were still more than two-and-a-half years away. And now, with the vote two-and-a-half weeks away, the picture is not nearly as rosy. A poll released Thursday found that just 10 percent of Germans intend to vote for the Greens on Sept. 22. It is the lowest survey result for the once popular party since way back in 2009.

So what happened? Party leaders such as Jürgen Trittin have tried to shrug away the poll numbers. "I would advise waiting serenely for what happens on Sept. 22," he said on Thursday.

But the newest survey is not an outlier. The Greens have been consistently bleeding support ever since the spring of 2011. Along the way, they have achieved a few notable successes in state elections, but the trend has been a downward one for over two years. It is as if the German electorate has suddenly decided that the party is no longer needed.

Making Strides

Political pundits, of course, won't go quite that far, but they do point to the fact that many core Green issues have become mainstream in recent years. And much of that is thanks to Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democrats (CDU). She has proven expert at borrowing political demands from other parties and then taking the credit for implementing them. When it comes to policy areas near and dear to the Green heart, the list is long: pacifism, the nuclear energy phase-out, gender equality and expanded childcare. On every single one of those issues, Merkel's administration has made strides.

"The Greens are worried," says Ulrich Eith, director of the Baden-Württemberg Institute for Political Education. "It is certainly nice for them that progress has been made on their issues, but it was the CDU that made it happen. All they can now say is, 'but we are the original.'" ...


Whole article see link above.


Interesting...(don't know much about German politics so it is interesting to learn more.) The last time I voted was for a Green Party California candidate from Berkeley, California. Since I currently live in what I consider an illegally occupied country (The Occupied Kingdom of Hawaii) I don't vote in local elections here (just visiting!) The US Presidential elections are competing oligarchies so that doesn't interest me...it is just voting for 'evil' or 'slightly less evil'.
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19. barbamz
10:26 AM GMT on September 14, 2013
You wouldn't like to drive this road, eh?



Flash floods hit Odessa
Youtube info, uploaded 11.09.2013
The Ukrainian city of Odessa has been hit by flash flooding caused by heavy downpour. According to reporters, the city's sewage system failed to cope with so much water and some districts are getting underwater. Local rescuers say that the city is in chaos, traffic has been halted, especially in the city center. No casualties or damage have been reported so far.

Hundreds are evacuated after floods sweep through southern Ukraine.
2013-09-13 01:43 PM

Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry workers have evacuated more than 500 people from homes and villages in the Odessa region after heavy rains swelled rivers and caused an earthen dam to collapse.

On video provided by the ministry on Friday (September 13) emergencies workers led and carried elderly women and men through waist-high water in the village of Krasne Hartzysk.

"I remember it was a flood like this in 1961 but it didn't reach here," village resident Yevgeniy said, after being lifted by workers into a truck.

In a nearby house, a woman rooted through a pile of dead ducks, lamenting the force of the floods.

"How will we live and feed our children? Look what's going on," she said.

The ministry's regional commander said the villages were simply no match for the rains.

"On September 12 we had 150 millimetres of heavy rain in Tarutinsk and Hartzysk districts of the Odessa region, which corresponds to five-month norms for this region," Viktor Gubay said.

The emergencies ministry said that about 250 houses were flooded and at least 30 more were in threat of collapsing.

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18. barbamz
10:21 PM GMT on September 12, 2013
Ahhh, appreciated update on my post 6# above (praise to "The Local"!): More news on horrible "Lotti", and the US is helping out now :)

Village brings in traps from USA in turtle search
The Local published: 12 Sep 2013 09:15 CE

A giant rake, boats, and night cameras have all failed in the hunt to catch a snapping turtle which bit a boy in a Bavarian lake. The village is now filling the lake up with water again and laying traps brought in from America.

Villagers and fire crews have been searching for a snapping turtle dubbed Lotti for five weeks after it supposedly severed the Achilles tendon of an eight-year-old boy swimming in the Oggenreider lake in the village of Irsee.

Mayor of the Irsee region Andreas Lieb told a village meeting that it would take a week to fill the lake with water again and traps would now be laid which are only available in America.

He compared them to large rabbit hutches with bait laid inside. If Lotti took the bait inside the trap, a flap at the front of the hutch would shut, trapping her, newspaper the Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported.

Swimmers will also be let back into the lake which has been sealed off for five weeks, although they will be swimming at "their own risk", Lieb stressed.

The boy was attacked at the start of August and doctors diagnosed the bite mark as belonging to a snapping turtle, sparking the summer hunt which has involved firefighters and reptile experts. A reward of Euro 1,000 has also been placed on Lotti's head.

The village's latest idea was to build a giant rake constructed by a blacksmith to comb the lake. That was tested out but again turned up nothing.

When the lake was drained to search for Lotti, 500 fish were removed to a nearby lake and will stay there for the winter.


CLICK HERE for photos of the search for Lotti the snapping turtle
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17. barbamz
10:16 AM GMT on September 10, 2013
Quoting 15. sandiquiz:
Morning Barbara,

It has turned cold here in middle England... autumnal soup and chunky warm bread on the menu today!
I also am thinking of cranking on the heating!

Hope you are well.


Sandi, same here. It's soon time to start my vegetable soup diet again which made me lose some weight last winter; but to eat hot soup all day was nothing to be continued during summerly heat waves, lol.

More stormy weather ahead, especially for the UK. Maybe the first autumnal wind storm:



I have to do some work for office this week. So just a short hello.
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16. barbamz
10:08 AM GMT on September 10, 2013
Quoting 14. shoreacres:
It just occurred to me that you might enjoy this blog that I've been reading for some time. Not only do they post nice entries, they offer up some wonderful recipes!


Really nice blog! Thanks for posting, Shoreacres, I'll have a look into the recipes later on.
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15. sandiquiz
7:52 AM GMT on September 10, 2013
Morning Barbara,

It has turned cold here in middle England... autumnal soup and chunky warm bread on the menu today!
I also am thinking of cranking on the heating!

Hope you are well.
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14. shoreacres
3:39 AM GMT on September 10, 2013
It just occurred to me that you might enjoy this blog that I've been reading for some time. Not only do they post nice entries, they offer up some wonderful recipes!
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13. barbamz
7:18 PM GMT on September 08, 2013
Elections in Germany are only two weeks ahead (September 22, 2013):

Poll Plummet: What Happened to Germany's Green Party?
Spiegel English, September 6, 2013, by Charles Hawley

Just two years ago, it looked like Germany's Green Party was going to challenge the Social Democrats for the honor of being the country's second largest party. Now, poll numbers suggest only one in 10 voters will support them. What went wrong?

It was an astounding result. In April of 2011, a political survey found that fully 28 percent of German voters supported the Green Party, well more than the center-left Social Democrats. Immediately, pundits began writing about a new Volkspartei, that uniquely German term which implies a big-tent, yet cosily familiar, political party.

But there was one problem. Elections were still more than two-and-a-half years away. And now, with the vote two-and-a-half weeks away, the picture is not nearly as rosy. A poll released Thursday found that just 10 percent of Germans intend to vote for the Greens on Sept. 22. It is the lowest survey result for the once popular party since way back in 2009.

So what happened? Party leaders such as Jürgen Trittin have tried to shrug away the poll numbers. "I would advise waiting serenely for what happens on Sept. 22," he said on Thursday.

But the newest survey is not an outlier. The Greens have been consistently bleeding support ever since the spring of 2011. Along the way, they have achieved a few notable successes in state elections, but the trend has been a downward one for over two years. It is as if the German electorate has suddenly decided that the party is no longer needed.

Making Strides

Political pundits, of course, won't go quite that far, but they do point to the fact that many core Green issues have become mainstream in recent years. And much of that is thanks to Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democrats (CDU). She has proven expert at borrowing political demands from other parties and then taking the credit for implementing them. When it comes to policy areas near and dear to the Green heart, the list is long: pacifism, the nuclear energy phase-out, gender equality and expanded childcare. On every single one of those issues, Merkel's administration has made strides.

"The Greens are worried," says Ulrich Eith, director of the Baden-Württemberg Institute for Political Education. "It is certainly nice for them that progress has been made on their issues, but it was the CDU that made it happen. All they can now say is, 'but we are the original.'" ...


Whole article see link above.
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12. barbamz
11:07 PM GMT on September 05, 2013
Wow, thanks Mike for all these comments (the first one on this Bill Nye video on the top of the entry) and the link to the impressive black and white gallery!

I'm out till Saturday evening due to some work and a birthday party (while weather is still really fine but too dry over all). Here the latest stom outlouk:



Storm Forecast
Valid: Fri 06 Sep 2013 06:00 to Sat 07 Sep 2013 06:00 UTC
Issued: Thu 05 Sep 2013 20:06
Forecaster: TUSCHY

A level 1 was issued for far NE France, parts of Belgium and the Netherlands mainly for large hail, strong to severe wind gusts and an isolated tornado event.

A level 1 was issued for W-UK and NE Ireland mainly for an isolated tornado event. The northern part of the level 1 will see excessive rain.

A level 1 was issued for NE Spain for the evening/overnight hours mainly for an isolated large hail event.

A level 1 was issued for Sicily and S-Italy mainly for large hail and excessive rain. An isolated tornado event is possible.


Source and detailled discussion on estofex.org.

If you like to read something about problems of Germany's effort to respond to climate change, go here:

Germany's Energy Poverty: How Electricity Became a Luxury Good
By SPIEGEL Staff, September 4, 2013


This is our minister for Environment Issues. But of course I'm supporting the efforts of "Energiewende"!

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11. clearlakemike
6:09 PM GMT on September 05, 2013
Quoting 5. barbamz:
The WPac still has a lot of work to do to catch up with recon skills which are natural for the Atlantic for a long time. Here some quotations from a new article ...

Making sense of typhoons by flying into the eye of the storm
Observatory scientists fly into the heart of tropical cyclones in order to better understand and predict their paths
South China Morning Post, Sunday, 01 September, 2013, 4:49am

Late in the afternoon of August 13, while the No 3 signal was issued in Hong Kong, the Observatory meteorologist Wong Wai-kin was in a small plane over the South China Sea, flying at 2,400 metres, just above the main clouds swirling around Severe Typhoon Utor.

The centre of the storm was nearby, and the plane began descending through dense clouds. Rain pummelled the windows. Visibility came down to almost zero, as if in thick fog. In the violently swirling air, the plane was tossed about like a sampan on two-metre waves.

After about 15 minutes, the plane emerged from the cloud, entering clear air, with a calm sea below and blue sky above: it was in the eye of Utor. For Wong, it was a precious moment: he was now the first of the Observatory staff to fly into the eye of a severe typhoon. It was also a significant milestone in research on typhoons, the west Pacific's mighty, sometimes devastating, storms. ...

With typhoons posing threats to life and property, the Observatory team is always seeking ways to improve its forecasts. One way is by using reconnaissance flights to gather data from within storms. The United States relies heavily on flights to assess hurricanes, but in this region, there have been few recent flights other than occasional research missions flown by Taiwan, which do not reach the South China Sea near Hong Kong.

Other than a trial flight in 1973 by late director Gordon Bell, the Observatory neither oversaw nor participated in such flights until two years ago. ...

After processing the data, Wong noted that winds were at least gale force until he reached 290 kilometres from the centre of Utor. This was consistent with satellite data, helping Shun come to his decision to issue the No 8 signal as Utor neared Hong Kong.

Successes like this mission spur the continuation and improvement of Hong Kong's typhoon reconnaissance flights. Later this year, the Government Flying Service will begin operating a new plane with better weather-monitoring equipment relaying information directly from the satellites. With Wong or a colleague on board, this will also release dropsondes - cylinders packed with sensors that descend on parachutes - transmitting information on wind speed and direction, air pressure, humidity and temperature until they hit the sea and are lost. ...


Whole article see link above. Found by Twitter: James Reynolds %u200F@typhoonfury 7h: Great article by my friend @docmartinhk on @ObservatoryHK flying recon into Pacific typhoons - http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1 300881/making-sense-typhoons-flying-eye-storm %u2026


Interesting, as this is where all the really big storms seem to be these days...
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10. clearlakemike
6:02 PM GMT on September 05, 2013
Quoting 8. barbamz:
More on the mummy: probably no murder in recent time (relief, lol!)

Mummy found in attic could be 2,000 years old
The local, published: 5 Sep 2013 08:02 CET
Experts say a mummy that a ten-year-old boy found in his grandfather's attic is probably about 2,000 years old. Criminal investigators have been examining the body since the boy found it in his granddad's house a month ago. ...


Yes, that is a relief, lol...
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9. clearlakemike
5:58 PM GMT on September 05, 2013
Barbara, your commentary is half the fun here...well, after seeing the Bill Nye on Acid video, here is a calming link of beautiful (and calming) Black and White storm photos that was on the WU newsfeed this morning that I enjoyed. (Especially, after watching that video, egads, and I am a middle aged American, lol)

Mitch Dobrowner's Photos Capture Storms at Their Most Terrifying
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8. barbamz
3:03 PM GMT on September 05, 2013
More on the mummy: probably no murder in recent time (relief, lol!)

Mummy found in attic could be 2,000 years old
The local, published: 5 Sep 2013 08:02 CET
Experts say a mummy that a ten-year-old boy found in his grandfather's attic is probably about 2,000 years old. Criminal investigators have been examining the body since the boy found it in his granddad's house a month ago. ...
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7. barbamz
3:38 PM GMT on September 03, 2013
Weather in Germany and most parts of Western/Central Europe is fair and uneventful. So here is a little riddle today:

Mystery Intensifies: Attic Mummy Contains Human Bones
Spiegel English, September 3, 2013, by Rainer Leurs

Many thought the mummy found last month by a boy in his grandmother's eastern German attic would turn out to be a phony. But scans show it contains real human bones, though probably not those of an ancient Egyptian.

There was a lot of excitement when a boy in the eastern German state of Lower Saxony found a mummy in a sarcophagus in an attic last month. But many thought that once the mummy was examined, it would turn out to be a fake.

But after radiological analysis, it has become clear that beneath the bandages lies a human skull with an arrowhead in one of its eye sockets, in addition to plates decorated with hieroglyphics and bones wrapped in metal foil. The scans raised more questions than answers. ...



Foto Lutz-Wolfgang Kettler / Photogallerie from artcle above.

Whole article see link above.
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6. barbamz
2:06 PM GMT on September 02, 2013


Remember this creature from last blog? More - or better nothing, lol - on our most famous lake monster in Germany this summer: Lotti, the hypothetical existing alligator turtle:

Village builds giant rake in search for turtle
The Local, published: 2 Sep 2013 10:49 CET
The search for Lotti, an elusive, sharp-beaked snapping turtle terrorizing residents of a Bavarian town, has taken a bizarre twist - with the local mayor deploying a giant rake to catch the wayward reptile. ...

More see link above.

Previous report on Lotti, a month ago:
Snapping turtle terrorizes Bavarian lake
Published: 12 Aug 2013 10:21 CET

Source of the photo: Spiegel English with it's report on "Lotti"
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5. barbamz
9:51 PM GMT on September 01, 2013
The WPac still has a lot of work to do to catch up with recon skills which are natural for the Atlantic for a long time. Here some quotations from a new article ...

Making sense of typhoons by flying into the eye of the storm
Observatory scientists fly into the heart of tropical cyclones in order to better understand and predict their paths
South China Morning Post, Sunday, 01 September, 2013, 4:49am

Late in the afternoon of August 13, while the No 3 signal was issued in Hong Kong, the Observatory meteorologist Wong Wai-kin was in a small plane over the South China Sea, flying at 2,400 metres, just above the main clouds swirling around Severe Typhoon Utor.

The centre of the storm was nearby, and the plane began descending through dense clouds. Rain pummelled the windows. Visibility came down to almost zero, as if in thick fog. In the violently swirling air, the plane was tossed about like a sampan on two-metre waves.

After about 15 minutes, the plane emerged from the cloud, entering clear air, with a calm sea below and blue sky above: it was in the eye of Utor. For Wong, it was a precious moment: he was now the first of the Observatory staff to fly into the eye of a severe typhoon. It was also a significant milestone in research on typhoons, the west Pacific's mighty, sometimes devastating, storms. ...

With typhoons posing threats to life and property, the Observatory team is always seeking ways to improve its forecasts. One way is by using reconnaissance flights to gather data from within storms. The United States relies heavily on flights to assess hurricanes, but in this region, there have been few recent flights other than occasional research missions flown by Taiwan, which do not reach the South China Sea near Hong Kong.

Other than a trial flight in 1973 by late director Gordon Bell, the Observatory neither oversaw nor participated in such flights until two years ago. ...

After processing the data, Wong noted that winds were at least gale force until he reached 290 kilometres from the centre of Utor. This was consistent with satellite data, helping Shun come to his decision to issue the No 8 signal as Utor neared Hong Kong.

Successes like this mission spur the continuation and improvement of Hong Kong's typhoon reconnaissance flights. Later this year, the Government Flying Service will begin operating a new plane with better weather-monitoring equipment relaying information directly from the satellites. With Wong or a colleague on board, this will also release dropsondes - cylinders packed with sensors that descend on parachutes - transmitting information on wind speed and direction, air pressure, humidity and temperature until they hit the sea and are lost. ...


Whole article see link above. Found by Twitter: James Reynolds %u200F@typhoonfury 7h: Great article by my friend @docmartinhk on @ObservatoryHK flying recon into Pacific typhoons - http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1 300881/making-sense-typhoons-flying-eye-storm %u2026
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4. barbamz
4:07 PM GMT on September 01, 2013
Thanks Sandi!



Quite chilly start into September today in Germany because of a big trough. But warmth should come back the next week :)




BTW, summermonths ended way too dry for most parts of Germany, so a little more rain would be welcome for gardeners and agriculture:


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3. sandiquiz
1:20 PM GMT on September 01, 2013
Hi Barbara,

It is a tradition in parts of the UK to wish folk a happy month on the first of each month by saying White rabbits. It is a tradition that has now become part of my circle of friends on WU.

So as a newly acquired friend....I wish you a very happy and healthy month of September.

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2. barbamz
10:19 AM GMT on August 30, 2013
Nice to look at and fortunately not dangerous:



BBC, 30 August 2013 Last updated at 01:44 GMT
A man has captured a "vortex of hay" on video camera near his home in Hampshire.
Kevin Farndell saw the effects of the small whirlwind in fields by the village of Dummer.
The eyewitness, who was covered in falling debris from the "hay devil", called it "quite a sight".
Krista Mitchell at the BBC Weather Centre said: "The ground gets very hot and strong convection takes place.
"This rapidly rising air lifts dust, or straw, into the air. When conditions are right, the rising air will rotate."

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1. barbamz
7:09 PM GMT on August 29, 2013
Lol, the sequel about lake "monsters" in Germany (part of my last blog) already continues:

Sea lion escapes, hangs out with swans
The Local, published: 29 Aug 2013 16:43 CET
A young sea lion has become a special attraction at a German zoo - she's escaped from her enclosure and is hanging out in the swan lake. She's been there for three weeks, happily eating fish left out for her, but refusing to be caught.
Staff at Karlsruhe Zoo said people are queuing up to see two-year-old Zola, who is not only cute, she's also something of a rebel, refusing to play by the rules.
Boats - which are pulled across the lake on a cable - have become popular with many visitors keen to get a glimpse of the naughty sea lion.
Some have been lucky, but others leave disappointed, as Zola is generally hiding out in a half-hidden corner of the lake.
"We saw all sorts of things, turtles, big carp, but no sea lion," said one woman after taking a boat ride to spot her.
Zookeeper Irene Schicker-Ney said Zola usually waited for the visitors to leave, before diving into the water and having a swim around her new home. The zoo's gardeners say they have spotted her sleeping in one of the little boats.
Zola escaped from her enclosure about three weeks ago, simply hopping down a drop of about a metre and crossing a pathway to some bushes before slipping into the lake.
"We think it was due to her curiosity," said deputy zoo director Clemens Becker. But it could also be something that most teenagers would understand, suggested Schicker-Ney - hassle with her parents.
Most zoo animals who escape their enclosures end up heading back into them, she said - but in Zola's case, she does not seem to be interested in going home.

Whole article see link above.


Photo gallery of Zola.
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