The Coldest Story Ever Told
Will be an “epochal event,” warns Italian website. “Truly extraordinary.” “Historical.” A “truly extraordinary” wave of frost will cover more than half of Europe, warns Meteo Giornale. A mass of very cold, glacial air will stretch directly from Siberia into Russia, cross the Urals and then expand to the heart of the Old Continent. It will be “an epochal event for the end of February,” not only in Italy, but also in parts of Europe. “It is very unusual at the end of February to have to deal with freezing flows of such intensity, it is a historical.” Today as the cold reached the UK wind chill during the day will feel like -10C to -15C.
This massive cold front rolled into Europe causing the coldest temperatures in 117 years in Germany. According to the German Weather Service (DWD) in Offenbach, minus 30.5 degrees were measured on the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak, on Tuesday night the 27th of February.
“At minus 30.5 degrees it was as cold there on the night of Tuesday as never before in a third decade of February since 1901 – i.e. 117 years said meteorologist Dominik Jung from weatherportal wetter.net .
Gazprom, the Russian gas group, said it has recorded an export record for six days in a row in Europe. The latest record was on Monday with 666.8 million cubic meters. 41 people dead (so far): 18 in Poland, six in the Czech Republic, five in Lithuania, four in France, four in Slovakia, two in Romania, two in Italy, seven in Estonia. In the Ukraine they are especially freezing as Russia cuts off their gas supplies.
Meanwhile Russia continues to have record breaking cold, which was measured in Tver, -28.4 degrees C, more than 2 degrees below the previous record set in 2000. Another record was set in Ukhta, where it cooled to -32.5 degrees C. The previous record, -32.2 degrees C, was set way back in 1960.
The thermometer dropped to -21C in the mountainous areas of Croatia and Bosnia, -20C in Limbach, northern Germany, -19C in southern Poland, -18C near Liege, Belgium and -10C on the outskirts of London. In Switzerland, -36C was recorded in Glattape (1,850 meters altitude). It is so cold that in Belgium, many cities are forcing homeless people to seek shelter.
In Ireland, which is expecting the most snowfall since 1982, residents rushed to the supermarket to buy food, but found many empty shelves in supermarkets. In the UK there was panic buying empties shelves. Fights break out, shelves empty, as relentless snow hammers Britain. “Shops across the UK are out of basics like bread, milk and medication as panic spreads across the country left under deep snow,” writes Rebecca Perring.
After days large parts of the Continent continue to shiver in the grip of a Siberian weather system that has brought the coldest temperatures imaginable. The record cold has been given various nicknames in different countries. In Britain it is "the Beast from the East" – with Storm Emma close behind – while the Dutch are calling it the "Siberian bear" and Swedes the "snow cannon".
Back in the States, where the eastern part of the country is getting hit by a monster storm, and in California they were celebrating the end of their drought because of 7 feet of snow, storm after storm is hitting.
In many places in Europe travel has been very difficult to impossible. Hundreds of people were trapped in their cars in freezing conditions for over 12 hours in the UK where the worst storm in 30 years struck the country. In the US almost 1.7 million homes and businesses were without power in the Northeast and Midwest as the storm pummeled the East Coast from Virginia to Maine.
Chaos, extreme weather, polar temperatures, snowfall, ice a glacial wind in Britain and France with more people dying of the cold every day. There are four dead in Britain since the phenomenon began, two in France and 55 killed in the rest of Europe. The thermometer dropped to 12 below zero in Metz (France) and 10 below zero in Lyon. Schools, airports and public buildings are closed in Britain, France and Ireland in the face of the violence of the Siberian climatic phenomenon.
Record snowfall in Scotland where many roads were completely impassible. Ten-foot (3m) snow drifts reported. In Lanarkshire and north Glasgow, roads have been completely shut after record snowfall. Britain was warned gas supplies could run out as record low temperatures led to a surge in demand. Yesterday was the coldest March day on record with temperatures not rising above -5.8C in Okehampton. The country was enduring the coldest day in March since records began in 1959.
Large parts of Europe have endured another night of freezing conditions as a Siberian weather system continues to bring chaos. Blizzards and heavy snowfall have closed roads, rail services and schools and forced the cancellations of hundreds of flights. The number of weather-related deaths continues to rise to as many as 55 with 21 victims in Poland.
Up to a metre of snow could accumulate in parts of Dublin over the coming days as blizzard like conditions sweep across Ireland, which was put under the highest weather warning, a red alert, with the worst snow seen for 35 years forecast. “The risk to life and limb presented by severe weather conditions should not be underestimated by anyone.” said Evelyn Cusack of Met Éireann.
New records were set in Croatia with parts of the country receiving all time high snow. New records were set in numerous towns and settlements ranging from 1,5 meters to nearly full 2,0 meters of snow (Delnice 182 cm (6 ft) on Feb. 28th). Although affected region is prone to high snows, this event was way out of ordinary. Army Command dispatched 1,000 soldiers with 100 pieces of clearing equipment to assist local services in clearing roads and reaching isolated settlements.
The cold has penetrated down to the Mediterranean, with the mercury dipping as low as 24.8 degrees in Rome last Tuesday morning after the Italian capital experienced its first snowfall in six years Monday. Italian authorities had to call in the army to clear the streets. All this is happening strangely as the North Pole Arctic is experiencing a strange temperature anomaly, i.e. ‘crazy’ temperature increases.
A Week Later
Arctic air continues in Western Europe. Temps as much as 17 degrees below normal. Anomalously cold weather has set in the south of the Scandinavian Peninsula and Central Europe. Over the past day, the average temperature has been 8-12 degrees C below normal. In the morning was -20°C, while the cold intensified in the north-east of Romania. In Poland, temperatures fell to -24°C, and in Bulgaria -26°C. The Arctic cold has spread to the entire Ukraine, but the strongest colds are in its western regions where the average daily temperature lags behind the norm by 13-17 degrees.
Two Weeks Before
Two weeks before a cold snap griped much of the Spanish peninsula reduced the availability of vegetables and salads on the European market. The extreme cold has even extended beyond southern Europe and into Africa! For example Southern Morocco saw snow for the first time. And so has the Canary island of Tenerife seen its landscape get blanketed with the white stuff.
In Turukhansk the temperature dropped to -49.6C (-57F), breaking the previous record of -46.8C (-52F) set in 1988. Average daily temperatures of 4- 16 degrees below the norm covering the entire territory of Siberia. In Taimyr, Evenkia and Turukhansk district, the average daily temperature was below the norm by 12-16 degrees.
Oymyakon, Russia — sank to a mind-numbing (and body-numbing) 88F below zero (-66.7C) on Tuesday. This isn’t far from minus 89.9F, the coldest-ever officially recorded for a permanently inhabited settlement anywhere in the world and the frostiest in the Northern Hemisphere.
On the other side of the world in New Orleans, temperatures dropped to 20F (-6.7C) at Louis Armstrong International Airport, breaking the old record low of 23F (-5C) set on Jan. 17, 1977. And the mercury at Baton Rouge Metro Airport plunged to 14F (-10C), beating the old record low of 18F (-7.8C) set in 1977. It was also the coldest temperature recorded on any day in Baton Rouge since Dec. 24, 1989. We recently had hard freezes in all of southeast Georgia, northeast and north central Florida with lows in the 20s all areas except near 30 at the northeast Florida beaches.
This is what we are seeing all over the world, record cold temperatures, but not beating records by small margins but smashing them. One would think the next mini-ice age would come in slowly, creeping up at us so we would hardly notice. That is not what is happening, and scientists have warned us of this, but no one is paying attention because crazy politicians and the public media are still shouting about manmade global warming.
Cold and snow can literally freeze human activity and human life to death quite quickly. “Death rates are set to soar “scandalously” this winter as a new Arctic blast batters Britain with temperatures on a par with Siberia. Experts predict a dramatic increase in cold-related fatalities as we suffer the bitterest winter in a century, causing 12 deaths every hour.”