Significant cold outbreak hits Europe, two more waves expected

Forecast models have come true and Europe is now experiencing an unusually significant cold outbreak. Two more cold waves are expected before April ends, posing a significant threat to agricultureCultivation of the ground and harvesting of crops and handling of livestock, the primary function is the provision of food and feed..

After very warm March and the first half of April in which temperatures across Europe rose well above normal, signaling spring has arrived in full effect, Europe is now experiencing a significant cold outbreak with huge amounts of snow already falling on the northern side of the Alps.

On Monday, April 17, near freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall, and traffic chaos were reported in central Europe. This is expected to continue through the rest of the week, with subfreezing temperatures and high frost danger by Thursday, April 20.

On Tuesday, April 18, snow is falling as far south as mountainous Croatia where temperatures dropped to near 0 °C (32 °F), prompting authorities to warn drivers to use extreme caution.

Strong winds are expected across the Alps, eastern Austria, and WNW Hungary tomorrow, April 19 as a result of tightening pressure gradient between deep low over Hungary and strengthening high pressure over Germany. Wind gustsAccording to U.S. weather observing practice, gusts are reported when the peak wind speed reaches at least 16 knots and the variation in wind speed between the peaks and lulls is at least 9 knots. The duration of a gust is usually less than 20 seconds. could locally reach 100 – 120 km/h (62 – 74 mph), Severe WeatherWeather refers to the state of the atmosphere with regard to temperature, cloudiness, rainfall, wind, and other meteorological conditions. (UKCIP) Europe warns. The next 3 days will be very cold and well below average for this period.

GFS model calls for two more cold waves before April ends. The first will affect central Europe and Balkan Peninsula again while the second is expected to primarily affect the United Kingdom, France, Portugal and Spain. Below average temperatures are expected in northern Africa, too.

Featured image: GFS temperature anomaly model for April 21, 2017. Credit: TropicalTidbits

Powered by WPeMatico

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of
avatar
wpDiscuz
Translate »
Support