More winter storms sweep across southern Germany and Austria

Posted: January 11, 2019 by oldbrew in News, weather

Bavarian snow scene [credit: BBC]


They’re now reporting ‘the heaviest snowfalls in 20 years’ as the weather chaos continues. The sheer weight of snow is a big problem. Greece and Turkey have also been badly hit.

Meters more snow are forecast to fall on southern Germany and Austria over the next week, says DW.com.

A child hit by a tree in Bavaria was the latest person to die in weather-related events.

In Austria at least eight people have died since the weekend, and a 9-year-old child was killed near Munich on Thursday when a tree collapsed under the weight of the snow.

The heaviest snowfalls in 20 years have covered southern Germany and Austria and parts of Czechia over the last week. Transport on road and rail has been affected, mainly by snow-laden trees.

‘Completely buried’

Reporting from the Austrian town Altaussee, DW correspondent Amien Essif described the town as “completely buried” in snow. He said it felt like “walking trough a tunnel [with] walls of snow twice as tall as I am.”

“This Alpine town has been half evacuated — authorities believe an avalanche could happen any time,” Essif tweeted. “Even the mayor left his home.”

Hundreds of drivers spent Wednesday night in their vehicles in southern Germany as a snow storm trapped them on their journey. Police said lorries slid on the motorway, blocking traffic over a 35-kilometer stretch.

Train travel across the south and east of Germany was affected by the snow, mainly due to fallen trees. Affected airports, including Munich and Frankfurt, canceled some flights due to the inclement weather.

Catastrophe areas

Up in the Alps near the border with Austria at Berchtesgaden, 2 meters of snow has already fallen and the resort was declared a catastrophe area on Thursday.

Further up the mountain at Buchenhöhe, the German military organized special deliveries of food to the cut-off resort.

Continued here.

Comments
  1. ivan says:

    Why are they so unprepared for this? Is it because the authorities have all been sucked in by the UN Church of Climatology to believe it wouldn’t happen or have they spent all the money on useless green machines and solar panels that required the natural barriers to snow drifts to be removed rather than preparing the necessary machinery to combat this?

    Regarding the traffic chaos, don’t they have a mandatory snow chains requirement on Germany like we do here in the Pyrenees (no snow chains fitted you don’t go into the snow).

  2. oldbrew says:

    ivan – yes, they do have winter tyre and snow chain rules, but when it’s so bad the Army has to be called out, they won’t do that much good.

  3. Tom Williams says:

    The problem with arguing with “Global Warming” people is that – everything is blamed on man made Climate Change. So, no snow is caused by “Climate Change” as is excessive snow. Hot temps or cold temps – it’s the fault of “man made Climate Change”. Lack of hurricanes or frequent ones – same thing. So – people bitch about recent storms like Harvey – but forget that Galveston was destroyed in the “Good Old Days” in 1900 – thousands killed.

  4. oldbrew says:

    Tom W – yes, and they make it very clear they have no idea what they are talking about.

    None at all 🙂
    – – –
    DEEP FREEZE – Temperatures drop to -23C in GREECE as Europe blanketed by snow with hundreds of flights cancelled and 11 dead

    Athens has had a rare scattering of snow and sub-zero temperatures have gripped the ancient city
    10th January 2019

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8161869/temperatures-drop-to-23c-in-greece-as-europe-blanketed-by-snow-with-hundreds-of-flights-cancelled-and-11-dead/

  5. Bitter@twisted says:

    Remind us what David Viner, climastrologist, said about snow becoming a “rare event”?

    PS I was in Zel am See, last week. We had 5ft of snow come down, with high winds and temperatures down to -15C. It wasn’t pleasant.

  6. Bitter@twisted says:

    Tom. Climate Change is a classic example of pseudoscience, as defined by Karl Popper. An unfalsifiable hypothesis. “ A theory of everything that proves nothing”.

  7. tom0mason says:

    Past predictions …

    1. “Due to global warming, the coming winters in the local regions will become milder.”
    Stefan Rahmstorf, Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research, University of Potsdam, 8 Feb 2006
    ***

    2. “Milder winters, drier summers: Climate study shows a need to adapt in Saxony Anhalt.”
    Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Press Release, 10 Jan 2010.
    ****

    3. “More heat waves, no snow in the winter“ … “Climate models… over 20 times more precise than the UN IPCC global models. In no other country do we have more precise calculations of climate consequences. They should form the basis for political planning. … Temperatures in the wintertime will rise the most … there will be less cold air coming to Central Europe from the east. …In the Alps winters will be 2°C warmer already between 2021 and 2050.”
    Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, 2 Sept 2008.

    ****

    4. “The new Germany will be characterized by dry-hot summers and warm-wet winters.“
    Wilhelm Gerstengarbe and Peter Werner, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), 2 March 2007
    ****

    5. “Clear climate trends are seen from the computer simulations. Foremost the winter months will be warmer all over Germany. Depending of CO2 emissions, temperatures will rise by up to 4°C, in the Alps by up to 5°C.”Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, 7 Dec 2009.
    ****

    6. “In summer under certain conditions the scientists reckon with a complete melting of the Arctic sea ice. For Europe we expect an increase in drier and warmer summers. Winters on the other hand will be warmer and wetter.”
    Erich Roeckner, Max Planck Institute, Hamburg, 29 Sept 2005.
    ****

    7. “The more than ‘unusually‘ warm January weather is yet ‘another extreme event’, ‘a harbinger of the winters that are ahead of us’. … The global temperature will ‘increase every year by 0.2°C’”
    Michael Müller, Socialist, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Environment, in Die Zeit, 15 Jan 2007
    ****

    8. “Harsh winters likely will be more seldom and precipitation in the wintertime will be heavier everywhere. However, due to the milder temperatures, it’ll fall more often as rain than as snow.”
    Online-Atlas of the Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft, 2010
    ****
    9. “We’ve mostly had mild winters in which only a few cold months were scattered about, like January 2009. This winter is a cold outlier, but that doesn’t change the picture as a whole. Generally it’s going to get warmer, also in the wintertime.”
    Gerhard Müller-Westermeier, German Weather Service (DWD), 26 Jan 2010
    ****

    10. “Winters with strong frost and lots of snow like we had 20 years ago will cease to exist at our latitudes.”
    Mojib Latif, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, 1 April 2000
    ****

    11. “Good bye winter. Never again snow?”
    Spiegel, 1 April 2000
    ****

    12. “In the northern part of the continent there likely will be some benefits in the form of reduced cold periods and higher agricultural yields. But the continued increase in temperatures will cancel off these benefits. In some regions up to 60 percent of the species could die off by 2080.”
    3Sat, 26 June 2003
    ****

    13. “Although the magnitude of the trends shows large variation among different models, Miller et al. (2006) find that none of the 14 models exhibits a trend towards a lower NAM index and higher arctic SLP.”
    IPCC 2007 4AR, (quoted by Georg Hoffmann)

    ****

    14. “Based on the rising temperature, less snow will be expected regionally. While currently 1/3 of the precipitation in the Alps falls as snow, the snow-share of precipitation by the end of the century could end up being just one sixth.”
    Germanwatch, Page 7, Feb 2007
    ****

    15. “Assuming there will be a doubling of CO2 in the atmosphere, as is projected by the year 2030. The consequences could be hotter and drier summers, and winters warmer and wetter. Such a warming will be proportionately higher at higher elevations – and especially will have a powerful impact on the glaciers of the Firn regions.”
    and
    ” The ski areas that reliably have snow will shift from 1200 meters to 1500 meters elevation by the year 2050; because of the climate prognoses warmer winters have to be anticipated.”
    Scinexx Wissenschaft Magazin, 26 Mar 2002

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    These people and the publications have no shame in screeching nought but alarmism and scaremongering, they’ve shown themselves to be neither rational nor scientific, they all do nothing but instill panic on the public. Henceforth they all should be ignored.

    (with thanks to Notrickszone for this partial listing)

  8. oldbrew says:

    Now we see the climate soothsayers for the empty boxes they really are.

  9. oldbrew says:

    Tanks roll in to frozen hell: Germany and Austria call state of emergency as troops save residents from NECK-DEEP snow after 21 deaths in worst winter for more than 30 years

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6584305/amp/Europe-blanketed-snow-following-deaths-21-people-winter-whiteout.html

  10. tom0mason says:

    The Met Office has just put up and interesting post …
    https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast
    Scroll down to the write-up on the left, and flip from the 5 Day to the ‘UK 6-30 days’ outlook.

    … It will then be mostly settled, before thickening cloud and outbreaks of rain move eastwards during Friday. Winds will be strong with a risk of gales in the northeast at first, but they will ease for a time. Thereafter, it looks set to remain mainly cold, unsettled and sometimes windy, with gales possible in the north. Any milder spells will tend to be brief, and associated with longer spells of rain. The rain could turn to snow almost anywhere, but particularly across northern and central areas, especially later in this period. Some drier, brighter spells are likely, perhaps with snow showers, especially in the east. During such spells, frost could become widespread and severe.

    … increased likelihood of cold weather being established across all of the UK, with temperatures continuing a downward trend to become cold or very cold. This would bring a greater risk of snow, ice and widespread frost, particularly across northern parts of the country. However, there remains uncertainty …

    That may test Britain’s ‘sustainable’ power generation capacity somewhat.

  11. ivan says:

    Looking at the picture from the BBC that heads this post I cant help wondering where are the snow ploughs, or are they a thing of the past because there isn’t going to be snow no more?

    I was passing our area equipment a couple of days ago and the mechanics were out checking the snow ploughs and salt and grit spreaders as well as stocking up on the mixed salt and grit. This is in an area that doesn’t get snow every year but they are ready should the need arise.

    It looks as if the Germans were totally unprepared, had they believed their own green shills and dropped their guard? Years ago, before the green stupidity took hold, they were prepared – I was there on a contract one winter and the moment the snow started they were out gritting and clearing, loading the snow onto trucks and taking it out of the city.

  12. oldbrew says:

    Snow is standard in winter in and near the Alps in Bavaria and Austria, but not usually metres deep in towns like now.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/StormchaserUKEU/status/1084163043221753857

  13. oldbrew says:

    Austria running short of road salt for gritters.

    Another resort, Loser, in the central region of Styria, was totally submerged in five metres of snow.
    https://www.thelocal.at/20190112/austria-army-rescues-snowbound-german-students

    Avalanche problems.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46854663

  14. oldbrew says:

    HEAVIEST SNOWFALLS IN 100 YEARS BRING CHAOS TO ALPINE SKI RESORTS

    Three metres of snow fell in the space of 48 hours in some parts of the country and more than a metre is forecast to fall today and tomorrow. Yesterday the army was drafted in to help with the clear-up and to deliver supplies to towns and villages that were cut off.

    https://www.thegwpf.com/heavies-snowfalls-in-100-years-bring-chaos-to-alpine-ski-resorts/
    – – –
    Europe Deluged With Mysterious White Stuff, Climate Alarmists Baffled

    https://climatechangedispatch.com/europe-deluged-mysterious-white-stuff/amp/

  15. As/re computer models of “climate change”: The phrase “garbage in garbage out” comes to mind.
    When I studied with Bucky Fuller, he seemed fond of saying: “The map is not the terrain”. The models are not the climate. It seems that those who take AGW seriously know little or nothing about solar cycles nor paleoclimates. One cannot change someone’s mind about their position using logic and reason when they had arrived at that position using neither. It seems that: Quoting Usoskin’s or Julie Brigham-Grette’s work leaves them unenlightened.
    (more’s the pity)

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