Heavy snow causes travel mayhem in northern Europe

Posted: December 11, 2017 by oldbrew in Natural Variation, News, Uncertainty, weather

Closed due to snow
Image credit: BBC

A shock to the system for many Europeans after years of being told that the world is supposed to be warming at an alarming rate, so they must pay billions for decades to try and buy a ‘better’ climate.

The heaviest snowfall in four years in Britain caused travel mayhem Sunday, while more than 300 flights were cancelled at Germany’s busiest airport and a ferry ran aground in the French port of Calais, reports Phys.org.

The heaviest snowfall in four years in Britain caused travel mayhem Sunday, while more than 300 flights were cancelled at Germany’s busiest airport and a ferry ran aground in the French port of Calais.

Hundreds of air passengers were stranded in Frankfurt, Germany’s financial capital, as well as Britain, and many took to Twitter to complain.

Some 330 flights were cancelled by 5:00 pm (1600 GMT) after heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures struck the region around Frankfurt, a spokesman for airport operator Fraport told AFP.

The airport—Germany’s largest air hub and the home base for major carrier Lufthansa—had been scheduled to handle a total of 1,260 flights over the day.

Duesseldorf airport was also forced to close for four hours during the afternoon, news agency DPA reported. Meanwhile, trains were delayed, redirected or cancelled across western North Rhine-Westphalia state.

‘Like a war zone’

In Britain, Birmingham airport, serving the country’s second biggest city, suspended flights for all of Sunday morning, as staff worked to clear the runway in heavy snow.

The airport typically handles around 30,000 passengers and 200 flights a day in December. It diverted 11 flights elsewhere and expected to cancel more than that, a spokeswoman said.

London’s Luton Airport closed its runway for two hours before reopening around 1130 GMT to departing aircraft, according to a spokesman. It had opened to incoming flights by early afternoon. One frustrated traveller described the airport as “like a war zone”.

Police forces in worst-hit Wales and central England urged motorists not to travel unless “absolutely necessary” as they dealt with surging calls. A spokesman for the Highways England agency said there had been road incidents “all over the place”.

The flurries continued to fall into the afternoon, threatening to block roads. Swathes of Britain were hit by the snowfall, particularly in central and western regions, according to the official weather service.

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  1. oldbrew says:

    Typo – ‘Hemisphere’

  2. ivan says:

    It would appear that the predictive abilities of those of the church of climatology leave a lot to be desired.

    Dr David Viner got it wrong in 2000 by saying that the children won’t know what snow is. Others at CRU got it wrong about temperature rising and they all said the predictions of global cooling made in the 70 was totally wrong.

    The truth will become apparent soon but I doubt that any of them and their MSM friends will admit fault in the scam.

  3. ren says:

    The jet stream falls south of Spain. There will still be frost and snow in Great Britain and Germany.

  4. ren says:

    The jet stream is meridional and the polar vortex is broken due to very low solar activity.

  5. oldbrew says:

    UK weather: ‘Black Ice Monday’ havoc warning as thousands stranded at airports

    Another cold day is forecast – a yellow warning for ice is in place for most of Wales and central parts of England – while temperatures could drop to as low as -15C (5F) on Monday night. More than a foot of snow fell in Sennybridge, in Wales, which saw 12.5 inches (32cm) on Sunday.

    Thousands of air passengers spent the night at Heathrow, Stansted, Birmingham and Luton airports after dozens of flights were cancelled or delayed.

    An estimated 50,000 British Airways passengers are said to have been left stranded by poor weather – 30,000 in Britain and 20,000 others in Europe.


  6. ren says:

    Pressure anomalies in the north.

  7. Bob Greene says:

    In the US ’tis the season of decorations with snowmen, idyllic scenes of snowy Christmas scenes and even auto advertisements with your car in the snow with a Christmas bow. Even in places that never get snow. Let the first flake hit the ground as it did this weekend and we were in total panic from Houston to Boston. Richmond, VA, had 242 accidents overnight when the streets didn’t get icy or snow covered.

    Same panic in the UK and Europe?

  8. Tim. says:

    We’ve had little snow in the Morecambe Bay area in the last few days, but last night (Sun/Mon) the temperature fell to -6.5C.

  9. Ever heard of “winter”?

    If cold precipitation can be snow. If warm it is rain.

    Ever heard of weather?

  10. Bitter&Twisted says:

    “Ever heard of “winter”?

    If cold precipitation can be snow. If warm it is rain.

    Ever heard of weather?”

    Yes. According to climate “scientists” it is weather when it is cold and “climate” when it isn’t..

  11. wolsten says:

    I am sorry but this is delusional – snow became a thing of the past a couple of years ago.

    Please stop spreading fake news…

  12. oldbrew says:

    Ever heard of ‘summer’? Sometimes there are heatwaves.

  13. stpaulchuck says:

    no, no,no! It IS global warming. This is the ice age brought on by AGW. Didn’t you see the movie?? It’s all there.

  14. Dodgy Geezer says:

    …so they must pay billions for decades to try and buy a ‘better’ climate….

    Well, it looks like all the taxes we have been paying have finally worked… 🙂

  15. clipe says:

    If it falls as rain then it’s rain

    If it falls as snow then it’s never mentioned that you need cold to make snow

  16. Richard111 says:

    Lots of interesting snowy pictures on BBC TV. Not a single picture of snow covered solar panels.
    I wonder why? Maybe nobody took any pictures.

  17. oldbrew says:

    El Niño 2016 effect has gone.

  18. oldbrew says:

    D.Tel >> UK weather: Ice warning for drivers as temperatures plunge to -13C on coldest night of year and schools stay shut

    Clear skies overnight into Tuesday saw temperatures plummet to as low as -13C (8.6F) near Shrewsbury in Shropshire.

    Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice were extended to until 11am on Tuesday, covering large parts of the country, including London and the South East, much of the Midlands, Northern Ireland and Wales, as well as the eastern coast of England and parts of Scotland.

    – – –
    Freezing 97% Of Britain To Death
    Posted on December 12, 2017 by tonyheller

    People need to stop imagining they are saving Polar Bears, and start thinking about saving themselves. Imaginary global warming isn’t keeping anyone warm.


  19. oldbrew says:

    Date: 12/12/17 The Daily Telegraph

    British homes and businesses face a potential gas crisis this winter after a perfect storm of shock outages sent prices surging just as demand for heat reached highs not seen in almost five years. [bold added]

    The shutdown of the North Sea’s most important oil and gas pipeline system has been compounded by an explosion at a major gas processing facility in Austria, creating a perfect storm of disruption to gas supply across Europe.

    The Baumgarten explosion effectively obstructs the main entry point for Russian gas, which makes up a third of the continent’s overall supplies.

    – – –
    Britain lacks the gas storage sites and web of interconnections that make most continental European markets better able to cope with disruption.


    May have to pay big for LNG by ship?
    – – –
    Closure of UK’s largest gas storage site ‘could mean volatile prices’
    Tuesday 20 June 2017

    Shuttering of Rough facility off Yorkshire coast by British Gas owner Centrica will increase dependence on imports, say critics