Jan 18, 2007

Hurricane Blasts...Northern Europe?

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(Amsterdam) Northern Europe was pounded by an unusually strong cyclonic storm Thursday that killed at least three people, forced changes in the schedule of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and adversely affceted transportaion in the air, on land and at sea.

Gale-force winds and heavy rains hit the Netherlands on Thursday, forcing travel warnings, school closings, and flight cancellations in what is expected to be the worst storm in decades. The powerful storm - dubbed "Kyrill" or "Cyril" depending on the language of the news source - is expected to bring winds of up to 112 mph in high and exposed areas of Germany today.

In Vienna authorities warned that the storm was forecast to hit the Austrian capital by Friday night, with winds of up to 90 mph, which is strong enough to uproot trees.

Winds over 80 mph swept through much of England, Wales and Northern Ireland Wednesday night, while Scotland recorded the its major snowfall of 2007 in the Highlands.

Recent weather patterns around the globe have certainly been atypical in the past few years, and Storm Kyrill will serve to fan the flames of debate about the meaning of changes in the Earth's temperature and weather.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm not going to say it, but the letters "g----- w------." come to mind. And that's not George Walker.

--JD

microdot said...

These winter storms are becoming more and more frequent in Europe. I was stranded in Toulouse for 3 days after the big storm in 1999. I flew over it from Frankfort and was going to take the train up from Toulouse. When I got to the train station, panic was breaking loose! There were no trains for three days a week. I took a bus to Montauban, where my wife picked me up. She was home alone when the storm hit. We were a week without power and we were lucky...it took out the veranda windows in our old house and part of the roof on our little barn. There is still visible damage in the forests 6 years later.
We lucked out with this storm, we are on the southern edge of its path and it just got darker and darker all day and then the wind picked up.
Now it's 6:30 pm and pitch black and pouring rain and lots of wind, but that's about all we will see here.
It is still unusually warm.
There is definitely a change in the weather patterns and now there is a real shift in the Gulfstream according to the latest reports I have read! It's still not too late to be brave and start to change!

Hooda Thunkit said...

I've already beat this dead horse to dust so I'll make it brief:

In man's arrogance he takes credit/blame for what he can only minimally affect.