“RED ALERT” sounds kind of like a big deal…
Wednesday, Jan 16th 2019
RED ALERT issued across Europe as heavy snow continues while a 16-year-old German-Australian boy is killed in an avalanche while skiing with his parents in Austria
Europe’s snow chaos has deepened with further snowfall of up to six feet expected before the weekend
At least 17 people have died including German-Australian teenager killed in avalanche in St. Anton am Arlberg
The highest red warnings for snow have been imposed in Germany and Austria amid fears of more avalanches
By Tim Stickings For Mailonline and Ap
Published: 05:42 EST, 10 January 2019 | Updated: 18:55 EST, 10 January 2019
Now the masthead date is the 16th but the byline date is the 10th, so I’m not sure just how “current” this is. Still, we’ve got folks dying and the snow looks to be clear down in Turkey, and measured in meters, so it’s a big deal.
Europe’s snow chaos has deepened again with hundreds of people trapped after roads were buried by avalanches.
The highest red warnings are in place in Germany and Austria with up to six more feet of snow expected before the weekend.
The confounded article dating has me wondering if this is a warning, or if now it is a historical fact.
This one from the 6th says Greece was getting a load of snow:
Heavy snow in Germany, Austria, Greece causes chaos for travellers
Heavy snowfalls across Europe — even in Greece — have thrown travel plans into chaos, trapping hundreds in alpine regions and airports, and leaving snow on Italian beaches.
AP, Staff writers
News Corp Australia Network January 6, 20193:45am
Accuweather seems to show it moving into Eastern Europe:
Snow creates slick travel from Poland to Ukraine as Alps brace for avalanches, flooding
January 14, 2019, 12:42:44 PM EST
A period of snow will blanket parts of Poland and Ukraine with fresh snowfall into Wednesday.
So starting Monday 14th and continuing through Wednesday (tomorrow or today depending on where you are).
This one from 3 days ago seems to show the whole north of Europe is involved:
Snow brings parts of Germany and Sweden to standstill
Parts of Europe have been brought to a standstill as snow made driving conditions perilous.
Trains were at a standstill on Friday in Germany and Sweden and schools were shut.
The Red Cross helped drivers stuck on a motorway in the southern German state of Bavaria and a nine-year-old boy was killed by a falling tree.
12 Jan 2019
In general, it sure looks like Europe is getting clobbered and like folks definitely know what snow is…
This graph from http://www.climate4you.com/SnowCover.htm shows more cover now than last year:
Here’s another view of it. Looks like Spain and France are warmer and with less snow than usual (like the USA “Midwest” that is really just inland from “Back East” ;-) like around Chicago) while the more Eastern parts of Europe are snowed over (rather like the West and Rockies of North America have it cold and snowy this year. “Loopy jet stream” and all.
It has a layered image so without a screen capture and clean up I can’t grab it; meaning it will be a different image in the future when folks hit that link…
In general, the news makes it sound like Central & Eastern Europe are quite the snow mess.
Hope folks over there get a break soon. With plenty of winter still ahead of us, lots of snow problems followed by melt floods could be in the works. A “watch this space” situation as of now.
What’s very clear is that this much snow is NOT “Global Warming”, but being inside historical norms, nor is it “Climate Change”. Just your garden variety cold snowy winter in Europe.