Storms and heat in Europe

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:04 PM GMT on January 19, 2007

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Europe's strange winter weather continues to generate headlines, as a powerful low pressure system brought hurricane-force wind gusts to England, Germany, the Czech Republic, and many other European countries on Thursday. The powerful extratropical cyclone, now centered over western Russia, has a central pressure of 960 mb--the kind of pressures commonly seen in Category 1 and 2 hurricanes! At least 41 people have been killed in the storm, mostly motorists in England and Germany. The storm shut down the German train system for the first time in history. The last winter storm with comparable winds in Europe occurred in January 1990. The latest computer forecast models point to the first significant snows and cold for Europe next week, when a major low pressure system is expected to finally tap into some cold Artic air and pull it southwards over much of Europe.


Figure 1. Departure of temperature from average (in �C) for the week (Sun-Thu). The western U.S. is suffering the worst winter cold of anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere. Europe and northern Asia continue to feel record-breaking warm temperatures. Note that the area of most extreme below-normal temperatures occurred over San Antonio, Texas, where the world's largest meeting of meteorologists was being held!

Extraordinary warmth in Europe
The European storm was a warm and rainy one, and record warmth continues to affect both Europe and most of northern Asia (Figure 1). January 10, with a temperature of 8 �C, was the warmest in the first 10 days of January in Moscow, Russia, according to the hydro-meteorological bureau for Moscow. Record keeping began in 1870. St. Petersburg reported their warmest January day in 125 years of record keeping the same day, with a temperature of 8.6 �C. Nighttime minimum temperatures in London, England, hit 12.6 �C on January 8, which is warmer than the average July minimum temperature, 12� C. So far, January temperatures in London are the warmest since record keeping began in 1659.

Romanian snowboarders blockade weather office
The lack of snow in Romania has driven snow lovers in that country to desperation. A group of Romanian snowboarders blocked traffic in front of the country's weather institute January 16, and would only budge when weather officials would agree that their complaints of a lack of snow "would be passed on to a higher authority", according to Ananova.

Winter hits the U.S., China, and Bengladesh
Winter cold has hit the western U.S. hard this week, with California suffering a devastating freeze to its citrus crop. Heavy snow has affected central China--the Chinese official state media Xinhua said on January 16th that more than 1,000 houses have collapsed and 2,424 damaged in the weather as snow levels reached 300 millimeters in some regions. Earlier this month, Bengladesh saw temperatures that fell from the daily average of 18 �C to between 5 and 8 �C. The government called on affluent people to donate warm clothes and blankets to the poor, as doctors reported that more than 100 people had died from the sudden cold.

Jeff Masters

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494. Skyepony (Mod)
11:49 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Still same 4 invests as yesterday, though 93P is up to 30kts & 1000mbs. It may get to be desinated a storm soon.
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493. Skyepony (Mod)
11:41 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Seemed pretty even til the snow started.
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492. Thunderstorm2
11:41 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Im just supporting The Colts but i live in FL
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491. Patrap
5:39 PM CST on January 21, 2007
Like Peyton..hes a Hometown Boy..
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490. Thunderstorm2
11:36 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Im away have a great night pat and everyone
COME ON THE COLTS
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488. Patrap
5:35 PM CST on January 21, 2007
Ask around Tstorm2..Your a smart Guy..MUAH!6
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487. Thunderstorm2
11:33 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Being Cheeky is a Gift??????
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486. Patrap
5:32 PM CST on January 21, 2007
Its a gift....LOL.
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485. Thunderstorm2
11:29 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Whats with all the cheek if you don't mind me asking
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484. Patrap
5:28 PM CST on January 21, 2007
Great year!..Bears will Rep NFC well..in Miami..we Behind them now.
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483. Thunderstorm2
11:27 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Patrap what is wrong with you today
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482. Patrap
5:26 PM CST on January 21, 2007
Bears got the Big Kahuna..they going to Miami..Congrats to them...We still got MArdi Gras and Jazz Fest next...Go blogg away ..DUde..LOL
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481. Thunderstorm2
11:25 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Im just away to watch the indi game but will stay on WU
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480. Patrap
5:24 PM CST on January 21, 2007
"Tubes ,Tunnels..and Bloggers of funnels..Toil & Trouble & Same ol Blubber!"....turn the light out later.
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479. sdcbassman
11:21 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
o cmon Pat ... let the Bear fans have their fun .. u certainly were running your flap/trap during the past couple weeks. i think the saints have a decent future .. their just not "big-league" yet. not bad ... but not the "real deal". they were LUCKY they got past the Eagles. Dont b a sore-LOSER Pat.
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478. Patrap
5:23 PM CST on January 21, 2007
Get back to blogging.The planet needs an update! Ill be finishing up here..Dessert next.
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477. Patrap
5:22 PM CST on January 21, 2007
Well..Im off to watch another New Orleanian..MAnning Boy in DA haus!
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476. Thunderstorm2
11:21 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Blog begging?..how embarrassing iz that?..LOL!

Here,just cut out the cheek for a couple of days
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475. Patrap
5:21 PM CST on January 21, 2007
Grossman still looks like a 15 yr old..LOL..He got lucky..plain and simple.Like the Bears way...
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474. Patrap
5:21 PM CST on January 21, 2007
Blog begging?..how embarrassing iz that?..LOL!
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473. Thunderstorm2
11:20 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Saints Very Very Good team but just not good enough today
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472. sdcbassman
11:19 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
SAINTS SUCKED UP THE PLACE ... A 25-point blowout!!!! WHODAT???????

BEARS RULE!!!!
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471. Patrap
5:20 PM CST on January 21, 2007
We still the biggest balled.
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470. Thunderstorm2
11:20 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
sdcbassman visit my blog please
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469. Patrap
5:18 PM CST on January 21, 2007
We still Winners!..yall still creepy!..LOL...Still a lil boys club.Bears win good game...they adavance.Yall still here.Go Saints.!..biggest turnaround in NFL history,Yall...just history.Now.Carry on...
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468. Thunderstorm2
11:19 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Your not half bad CB
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467. sdcbassman
11:16 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
WHODAT???

DAT IS THE OVER RATED Saints ... playing like the kittens they truly are. THE POSERS GET SENT HOME ... RIGHTFULLY SO!!!!

WHODAT???? LMFAO!!!!
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465. Thunderstorm2
11:16 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Bears Win
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464. Thunderstorm2
11:13 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Yeah creepy resemblence
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462. Thunderstorm2
11:10 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
They've got no hope in hell of coming back now
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460. Thunderstorm2
11:05 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Yeah LOL
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458. Thunderstorm2
11:03 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Touchdown Bears
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457. Thunderstorm2
11:01 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
CB Please visit my blogs
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455. Thunderstorm2
10:56 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
The've got to get 19 points in 7 minutes to win
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453. Thunderstorm2
10:48 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Sorry Patrap!!! Looks like the bears are just to hungry! Remember they forgot to hybernate this winter due to global warming and they have eat alot more just to keep the fat reserve up!! !!

LOL Thats Good i like that
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451. Thunderstorm2
10:46 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Touchdown Bears
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450. Thunderstorm2
10:44 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Hi CB
Ill answer that, Their giving up to much reckless points
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449. Raysfan70
5:43 PM EST on January 21, 2007
Pat is doing nothing wrong you have to take the arguement that you get in this blog.
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447. Thunderstorm2
10:37 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Have you visited my blog Kris
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445. weatherboykris
10:35 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
If Pat was grumpy today....
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444. tornadodude
10:34 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Help Us God!!!! Help the Saints
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