We’ve got the COLDEST MARCH SINCE 1883 in Germany! says reader

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It’s official: this March in northeastern Germany is the coldest in 130 years, and could be the coldest since records began. 

Not just one day, mind you. We’re talking about the entire month.

In Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg and Berlin, the DWD average temperatures measured up to almost minus two degrees, very close to the previous March-cold record of 1883.

The last four days of the month will determine whether there is a record. It would then be the coldest March since records began in 1881.

The cold will continue over Easter, said meteorologist Simon Trippler the German Weather Service (DWD) in Offenbach.

http://www.welt.de/vermischtes/article114817185/Kaeltester-Maerz-seit-1883-und-es-bleibt-frostig.html

Thanks to Casper for this link

12 thoughts on “We’ve got the COLDEST MARCH SINCE 1883 in Germany! says reader”

  1. Robert, during the Little Ice Age, was Europe affected by the cold weather before North America? Looking at what is going on in Europe this winter, that could be an important question. Thanks.

    1. I don’t know the answer to that. Several years ago I had extended talks almost nightly with an old research geologist by the name of Jack Sauers. Jack told me that ice ages begin first in the European area, then extend to the northeastern part of North America, and finally to the more western parts of North America. Unfortunately, Jack has passed away and I don’t know where he got that information. If someone else knows the answer I’d love to hear it.

      1. And I’ll bet that the Southern Hemisphere has its own schedule for ice ages, somewhat disconnected from that of the north. The atmospheric insulation of each hemisphere from the other by the equator and the much greater proportion of ocean in the south would make the two hemispheres considerably different in this regard.

        I think the thing that would complete the disconnect would be the shutting down of ocean currents, which serve to distribute oceanic heat from the tropics into the temperate and arctic zones. The unknown in this is volcanic activity, particularly submarine. Assuming that they are proportionately distributed under the oceans, the Southern Hemisphere should have more of them, resulting in greater oceanic evaporation, and therefore more rain/snow/ice on the much smaller land areas. So I suspect that the south won’t escape for long….

    2. It would appear that way if the info I found is correct. Basically the North Atlantic Oscillation where Low pressure remains over Iceland and High pressure remains over North Africa and Spain. The Westerlies flow between this right into Europe and this situation is called a Positive NOA Index. When this situation reverses and the Low pressure lies to the South off North Africa and the high pressure lies over Iceland it is called a negative NAO Index. This Negative NAO Index pushes the Westerlies to the South and Arctic air flows down across Europe. Indications are that during the LIA that the NOA was mostly in a negative mode, meaning the cold air would have swept across Europe and eventually the NE US

      http://www.eh-resources.org/timeline/timeline_lia.html

  2. Hmm. Too bad they didn’t start keeping records earlier in the 19th. century. It might just be the coldest since the “Little Ice Age.”

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