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A Thread About The Crazy Weather In Europe

Tue Jan 16, 2007 2:56 am

By mid-January, usually people would have spent already two months indoors to avoid the double-digit negative temperatures outside and the snow/ice, while gearing up mentally for another four more months to go through.  cold   white 

However, this year, we're already mid-January, winter hasn't started yet.  bouncy   hot 
Today, the weather was marvellous, perfect even for flying with a blue sky and unlimited visibility and temperatures firmly staying at 9degrees Celcius.
This week, again another shocking forecast: temperatures that can go as high as 15 degrees, and barely a bit of clouds or rain to temper the mostly exotic weather that continued since summer (except for 2 days of wind here, one week of 3degrees there).

Anyone else surprised???? This is definitely a first since years, and the big question is, how long can it now last once it starts? There is no way that Winter will stay through May, since this rarely happens, and by rarely I mean few documented exceptions in the last century, and only through a short isolated snowstorm.
April, or even March, is a much more likely month where Winter will go bye-bye.

This means, largely, that even if all hell breaks loose, we're not seeing more than 2, maximum 3 months of winter this year!!

Are we still in the normal bracket of weather difference between one year and the other? Last year: 7 months of winter 4 of which firmly at -5/-10, peaking at -17. This year: 4 of these months gone and still waiting for a negative temperature/unpleasant weather.

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RE: A Thread About The Crazy Weather In Europe

Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:09 am

It was around 16-17 degrees today in Athens and some people event went to the beach for swimming. It's unusually warm and sunny down here.

Normally around this time of year we should be having a lot more rainfall and temperatures ranging from 2-10 degrees. We are still waiting for winter to come, too!
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RE: A Thread About The Crazy Weather In Europe

Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:25 am

As I wrote in another thread yesterday, it is the warmest January since a long time here in Germany. A friend and me returned from a party on Saturday morning at 3:30 AM and we couldn't believe how warm it was in the middle of the night, we had to open our jackets because we sweat while we were walking. Yesterday afternoon we sat on the terrace of the aforementioned friend to drink coffee and to smoke a cigarette, it was 16°C (61°F) in the sun at 1:15 PM, we really enjoyed it to sit there.

It is definitely better than the usual January weather, I am glad that there is no ice or snow. Yesterday afternoon I drove from Soest to Bochum in just 30 minutes because of the perfect weather conditions, the sun was shining, no wet road, etc... simply perfect.

I would have no problems when the weather would stay like this until summer begins.


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RE: A Thread About The Crazy Weather In Europe

Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:27 am

The weather is indeed crazy. But hey, I won't complain as I really like it that warm all year round. Though it is just an one time occurence in maybe centuries but certainly in decades. Friends of mine even went for a nice barbecue in the afternoon some days ago.

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RE: A Thread About The Crazy Weather In Europe

Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:41 am

Winter has not been winter here in BOS either. And while it's nice to have a mild winter, there is a price to pay. The lack of an extended freeze can result in a significant increase in the number of insects the following summer. The lack of snow will prevent a March or April snowmelt that replenishes reservoirs, other surface water bodies, and the groundwater table. An average winter is what is typically best for any ecosystem, so at least hope for some significant spring rainfall to keep water levels up.
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RE: A Thread About The Crazy Weather In Europe

Tue Jan 16, 2007 4:06 am

Some argue that it's not global warming. Others argue its El Nino.

Its weird, some of our plants (cannas) are still in bloom in this balmy winter.
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RE: A Thread About The Crazy Weather In Europe

Tue Jan 16, 2007 4:18 am

Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 5):
Some argue that it's not global warming.

You can't blame individual weather phenomena on global warming. You can talk about it being part of a pattern, and that pattern might be global warming, but taken in isolation? No. Weather patterns do change all the time, you need much, much more prolonged evidence for that.
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