Europe’s late winter – A case off-shore
Posted: 26th February 2018
Coldest spring weather since 2010 expected before first week of March, shouts out of the news media. Read what is at stake (below), but keep in mind that the current winter in Northern Europe had been extremely mild, to which shipping and the huge off-shore windfarms in the North- and Baltic Sea may have considerably contributed. The matter was thoroughly discussed in a paper-2016, and for example HERE-PDF. Any coffee stirred for too long gets cold. As soon as the reginal seas across Europe have lost too much of their heat stored during the summer season, cold air from Siberian can reach Europe and establish reign for days or weeks, respectively delay the arrival of spring. Continue with recent post
According the current forecast the cold spell shall only last until early March. WE will make up-dates if the predictions proves wrong.
Excerpts from the news-press
Intensely cold winds coming to Europe from Siberia. The blast of cold weather that has hit the country is expected to intensify tomorrow and into next week, with temperatures feeling as low as -18°C, alongside wind gusts of up to 80 kph. Dubbed the “Moscow-Paris” phenomenon, the “cold wave” is the result of intensely cold winds coming to Europe from Siberia. It is expected to settle over France from today, and into next week (February 25 to March 4). Most of Western Europe will be affected by temperatures of -6°C to -10°C from Monday to Wednesday. And even Mediterranean areas will feel the chill, with temperatures of between 0°C and -4°C.
Why is it unusually cold in certain parts of Europe? High pressure over the North Sea heading northeast into Scandinavia is responsible for the cold wave, according to Bowles. The meteorologist explained that the high pressure was drawing cold air from Siberia and pushing it southwest, “much further south and west than it usually does.” That’s how very cold air is reaching parts of Germany, France, and the UK. The longer this pattern lingers, the colder it will get, added Bowles. For the meteorologist, this kind of weather phenomenon is “unusual but not record-breaking”.
‘Siberian express’ ; Britain’s weather service, the Met Office, forecast that northern England would have 10 centimetres (four inches) of snow over the next three days, amid temperatures that could feel as cold as minus 15 Celsius. It also warned of widespread travel disruption, saying: “Snow showers, already affecting eastern parts of England early on Monday, are expected to become more persistent and more widespread through Monday afternoon and evening.” Russia itself was not spared, with its meteorological service warning of “abnormally cold” temperatures until Wednesday and temperatures in the Moscow region expected to fall to minus 24 Celsius on Sunday night, and minus 35 Celsius in the centre of the country. Frigid temperatures are also forecast throughout Germany, with a low of minus 22 Celsius in some Alpine valleys in the southern state of Bavaria on Monday.
Cold snap sees Arctic warmer than Europe Warmth was coming into the Arctic both up from the Atlantic and through the Bering Strait, driving and cold air south. Around the entire Arctic region, temperatures are now about 20C above normal, at minus 8C, according to DMI calculations. To the south, a rare snow storm hit Rome on Monday