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Winter appeared overnight in many parts of Germany on Saturday with unseasonal heavy snow fall and subzero temperatures hitting central and southern areas.

Meteorologists say this is the first time for decades that snow has fallen on low lying areas in October. More flurries are expected over the weekend.

As much as 17cm of snow fell overnight in Thuringen forest in central Germany – a suspected record for this time of year.

Heavy snow also fell on Bavaria, Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse and Saarland, with further flurries expected on Saturday in Leipzig, Dresden and Munich, according to the DWD.

“This happens maybe once every 30 or 40 years,” meteorologist Christoph Hartmann of the German weather service (DWD) told Die Welt newspaper on Saturday, referring to the unusual snowfall in October.

The severe drop in temperature – by 20 degrees within a week – also occurs “very, very seldom,” he added.

With winter’s first onslaught, fallen trees blocked train lines between Leipzig and Munich, causing delays and diversions to the ICE high speed rail network.

A further 10-15 cm of snow is expected overnight in the Alps and in the Ore Mountains in Saxony, where DWD said temperatures could fall as low as minus ten.

http://www.thelocal.de/national/20121027-45813.html

Thanks to Garyae for this link

 

13 Responses to Surprise October snow hits central Germany – Suspected record

  1. Theo says:

    Hello Maunder Minimum!!!

    • C. Peter Davis says:

      The Maunder Minimum was named after the man who found the evidence of said minimum. This mini or full-blown Ice Age will be named by someone far into the future.

      • ES says:

        C. Peter Davis@ October 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm
        “The Maunder Minimum was named after the man who found the evidence of said minimum. This mini or full-blown Ice Age will be named by someone far into the future”.

        It will be called the Felix minimum!

      • Theo says:

        We had the Spörer,Maunder, Dalton and what I mean by this if you compare to previous cycles, this one would compare to the Maunder minimum which appears to come around every approx 250 years, yes this we could call maunder minimum!!

        • F. Guimaraes says:

          I agree, I believe this minimum is deeper than the Dalton one.
          The Livingston-Penn effect point in this direction too.

  2. Rhys Jaggar says:

    The odds are it will melt again quite quickly.

    If it doesn’t, then you have a real story on your hands….

    • C. Peter Davis says:

      You had to say this nonsense twice? With so much snow falling so early throughout the northern hemisphere, this IS a real story!

  3. Rhys Jaggar says:

    The odds are it will melt again quite quickly.

    If it doesn’t, then you have a real story on your hands….

  4. Laurel says:

    ah right..so it happens maybe every 30/40 years?
    so that would suggest its cyclical and that warming..isnt
    or things like this would be
    a thing of the past:-) ;-)
    funny Piers said…this was coming.

  5. phlogiston says:

    Maybe this is why Germany are building 23 new coal fired power stations?

  6. Argiris Diamantis says:

    Only twice before since records began, has there been snow in October in all the nine provinces of the neighbouring country Austria. Climate models of Hohen Warte predict an extreme forst in December and a real Siberian winter in January and February. http://www.wienerzeitung.at/nachrichten/english_news/497662_Rare-October-snow-catches-drivers-by-surprise.html

  7. F. Guimaraes says:

    ” … once every 30 or 40 years … ”
    is a good mark! :-)
    “40 years” put us back into the colder climate of the early 70′s, which is of course where we’re heading to.
    Now add the fact that the solar radiation is much lower now than then, and you have the natural conclusion that we’re entering a period of even colder climate than then.


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