Articles tagged "europe"

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Catastrophic floods claim lives of more than 150 people, leave more than 1 000 missing, Europe

More than 150 people across Europe have been killed and more than 600 injured after record-breaking rains caused catastrophic flooding on July 14 and 15, 2021. German authorities said more than 1 000 people are still unaccounted for. The worst affected were Germany...

July 17, 2021

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Extreme rainfall causes catastrophic flooding in western Germany

At least 18 people have died and many more are still missing after exceptionally heavy rain caused massive flooding in western Germany on July 14 and 15, 2021. Numerous rivers across the region are still above flood stage or at exceptionally high levels and several...

July 15, 2021

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Dense clouds of Saharan dust spreading over Europe and Atlantic Ocean

Earth-observing satellites are picking up two dense clouds of Saharan dust -- one moving NE over the Mediterranean Sea into Europe and the other W over the Atlantic Ocean. The European cloud has already reached southern Spain, Corsica, and most of Italy and is...

July 13, 2021

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Huge swathes of farmland destroyed by hailstorms, Europe

Very heavy rain, strong winds, and intense hailstorms affecting parts of central Europe during the second half of June 2021 left more than 66 000 ha (163 090 acres) of crops damaged or destroyed. The figure doubled within just a few days and it still might rise as...

July 02, 2021

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Severe storms bring giant hail, floods and damaging winds to Germany, Switzerland and France

Severe storms, including hail, heavy rain, and gale-force winds hit parts of Germany Switzerland, and France on Monday and Tuesday, June 28 and 29, 2021, triggering widespread flooding and damage. In Germany, several road tunnels were flooded and rail services were...

June 30, 2021

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Very thick Saharan dust cloud moving over the Mediterranean into Italy and SE Europe

A very thick Saharan dust cloud is moving over the Mediterranean Sea into Italy and Southeast Europe over the past couple of days. Coupled with exceptionally high temperatures affecting the region, this dust is contributing to lower visibility, respiratory issues,...

June 23, 2021

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Significant heatwave developing over Europe after unusually cold spring

Forecast models suggest the first significant heat wave of the season is developing over Europe after an unusually cold spring affecting much of the continent. The heat is forecast to persist through the end of June, reaching 35 °C (95 °F) and more in some...

June 14, 2021

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Finland basks in unusual heat while cold prevails in parts of eastern Europe

Finland is facing unseasonal heat for early June, in contrast to the cold weather conditions experienced by countries farther south. On Thursday, June 3, 2021, a Finnish weather station within the Arctic Circle registered a sweltering 29.3 °C (84.7°F), while...

June 04, 2021

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Czech Republic sees extreme snow as another Arctic front descends on Europe

Wide swaths of the Czech Republic, including Labska Bouda, have been buried in extreme snowfall this late in the season. The unseasonal winter weather conditions were brought by a cold Arctic air mass descending on Europe and keeping much of the continent under...

May 19, 2021

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Record cold invades parts of Europe following unusually warm weather in March

Parts of Europe are dealing with a significant cold snap since Wednesday, April 7, 2021, with many countries registering record lows. This comes after unusually warm weather, in many parts record-breaking, at end of March. A deep cyclonic vortex from North Atlantic...

April 09, 2021

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March temperature records tumble across Europe ahead of new widespread cold blast

Temperatures in much of northwest Europe have hit record levels as unusually warm weather gripped the region on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, starting with the UK, which registered its warmest March day in 53 years when the mercury soared above 24 °C (75.2 °F)....

April 02, 2021

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Major snowstorm hits Netherlands, Germany and UK

Dutch authorities declared a rare 'code red' emergency for the entire country on Sunday, February 7, 2021, as a severe snowstorm, named Darcy by their meteorologists, hit parts of western Europe. This was the first major snowstorm to hit the Netherlands...

February 08, 2021

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Saharan dust plume with high values moving over Europe

A large Saharan dust plume is moving NE over parts of Europe -- from Spain and France today, February 6, 2021, into Italy, Germany, and the rest of northern and eastern Europe and the Balkans in the coming days. Sand-laden rains, a fairly rare phenomenon in winter,...

February 06, 2021

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Europe braces for significant continent-wide cold outbreak

After the Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) event at the beginning of January 2021 and the Polar Vortex collapse, weather patterns across the northern hemisphere became very dynamic and progressive. This has set the stage for a potentially quite significant cold...

February 03, 2021

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Extremely dangerous winter weather setup across the southern Alpine flank

An extreme, potentially catastrophic amount of rain and especially snow could develop across the southern Alpine flank over the coming weekend, leading to potentially catastrophic avalanches. Potentially a very dynamic weather pattern change is shaping up for...

December 04, 2020

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Very bright, slow-moving fireball recorded over central Europe

A very bright, slow-moving fireball was recorded over central Europe at 03:46 UTC on November 19, 2020. The event lasted some 18 seconds before the object disintegrated. The American Meteor Society (AMS) has so far received 34 reports from witnesses in Germany,...

November 20, 2020

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Severe weather hits SE Europe, leaving at least 5 people dead

Severe weather affecting southeastern Europe over the past couple of days resulted in a significant drop in temperatures, strong winds, hail and high elevation snow, very heavy rain, floods, landslides, and dozens of waterspouts, of which some turned into damaging...

September 28, 2020

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Mainland Portugal hit by its first (sub)tropical cyclone on record

Subtropical Storm "Alpha" -- the 22nd named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and the earliest 22nd Atlantic named storm on record -- made landfall near central Portugal at 18:30 UTC on September 18, just 2 hours after its formation. Alpha is the...

September 21, 2020

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Severe storms with giant hail and tornadoes hit northern Italy, leaving at least 4 people dead

Powerful storms brought lightning, giant hail, and tornadoes to northern Italy over the weekend, causing significant material damage and leaving at least 4 people dead. Severe weather continued into Monday, August 31, but the threat is now shifting into southeastern...

August 31, 2020

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Locust plague spreads to Europe as Sardinia sees worst attack in 70 years, Italy

After ravaging countries in Africa, the Middle East, and India, swarms of locust have now made their way to Europe as the Italian region of Sardinia recently saw its worst attack in 70 years. Around 30 000 ha (74 000 acres) of crops have been affected in Nuoro City...

July 22, 2020

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Satellites show signs of drought in European groundwater

The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow On (GRACE-FO) satellites showed indications of drought in European groundwater in a map taken on June 22, 2020. According to the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), meteorological drought conditions began in...

July 09, 2020

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New radiation spike detected over northern Europe

A mysterious spike in radioactivity levels has been detected over northern Europe this month. The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) said Friday, June 26, 2020, that it may be from a source in western Russia, indicating damage to a...

June 29, 2020

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Massive volcanic eruption in Japan as the cause of severe famine in Europe in 1108

The eruption in Japan's Asamayama volcano in the year 1108 may have led to an extreme weather event that triggered severe famine in Europe, new research revealed. The study is based in part on the research team's analysis of ice cores extracted from glaciers...

June 28, 2020

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Massive hailstorm hits northeastern Spain, expected to drastically affect European stone fruit season

A massive hailstorm hit the stone fruit growing areas in northeastern Spain on Tuesday evening, June 16. 2020, causing extensive damage right before the harvest. According to growers, this is a big disaster that will drastically affect not only the Spanish but also...

June 17, 2020

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Giant jellyfish red sprites captured over the Czech Republic

Giant red sprites resembling jellyfish were captured over the skies in the Czech Republic on June 13, 2020. According to SpaceWeather.com, sprite season is underway in Europe and more atmospheric bullseyes are in the offing. Czech photographer Daniel...

June 15, 2020

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Active volcanism found under the heart of northwest Europe

Researchers have found new hints of active volcanism near some of the most populated areas of Europe. The study obtained GPS monitoring data from antennae across western Europe to monitor subtle movements in the Earth's surface believed to be caused by an...

June 12, 2020

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Destructive frost hits SE Europe, one of the coldest April mornings in a decade

The northern Balkans experienced one of their coldest April mornings in a decade on Thursday, April 2, 2020, as destructive frost hit many parts of SE Europe during the time of blossoming trees. Many vineyards and fruit plantations across southeastern Europe...

April 04, 2020

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Cold outbreak intensifies while spreading across east-central Europe

As wintry conditions continue to linger across the Balkan Peninsula, the cold outbreak is expected to intensify while spreading across east-central Europe on March 31, 2020. Long-range models suggest that this might be one of the last cold snaps of such strength for...

March 31, 2020

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Arctic cold arrives, bringing early spring snow and extremely low temperatures to much of Europe

A major Arctic cold outbreak has arrived in Europe over the weekend, dumping snow to much of the continent following unusually warm winter. Meteoalarm has issued heavy snow, strong wind, and extremely cold temperature warnings for many countries. The cold is...

March 24, 2020

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Europe braces for intense Arctic cold outbreak after unusually warm winter

A significant Arctic cold outbreak is forecast to spread across much of Europe in the days ahead, ending unusually warm winter season. The cold is expected to last through the end of March, with another blast expected at the beginning of April. Prolonged, dangerous...

March 19, 2020

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C3S: Europe records warmest winter since 1855 when records began

The 2019/20 winter season in Europe was the continent's warmest winter since records began in 1855, according to the Copernicus Climate Service's bulletin released on March 5, 2020. Last month was also the second warmest February, not only for Europe but...

March 07, 2020

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Massive North Atlantic cyclone challenging all-time intensity records, Iceland issues red weather alerts

A powerful North Atlantic cyclone forced the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) to issue a red weather alert for southern Iceland, in effect through the first half on February 14, 2020. Violent and dangerous wind gusts may exceed 200 km/h (124 mph) in some areas. Residents...

February 14, 2020

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Storm Elsa hits southern Europe, leaving widespread destruction and at least 8 people dead

Storm Elsa is affecting parts of southern Europe, including Spain, Portugal and France, since December 18, 2019, with very heavy rain and strong winds, damaging buildings, cutting power supply and shutting down roads. A second storm, named Fabian, is expected to...

December 21, 2019

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Intense Genoa cyclone brings rain and heavy snow across north-central Mediterranean

An intense, deep cyclone traveling across the north-central Mediterranean has started bringing rain and snow locally on December 13, 2019. According to Severe Weather Europe, the pattern supporting the weather evolution has a large trough over western Europe....

December 13, 2019

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Old World megadroughts and pluvials

Researchers have developed the "Old World Drought Atlas" (OWDA), an atlas that used tree rings to map the climate history of Europe during the Common Era. The OWDA matches historical accounts of severe drought and wetness with a spatial completeness not...

September 20, 2019

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PhiSat - First Earth observation satellite with artificial intelligence soon to launch

The first Earth observation satellite with artificial intelligence is set to launch a few months from now, according to the European Space Agency (ESA) on September 12, 2019. The idea was proposed by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Spain and won the...

September 14, 2019

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At least 7 deaths as severe heatwave hits Europe

Numerous July and all-time high-temperature records were broken across Europe on July 25, 2019, as second heatwave of the year peaked over the continent, claiming lives of at least 7 people. The heat is now coming to an end and forecast models call for significantly...

July 26, 2019

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Record low temperature set in the Netherlands, July noticeably colder across Europe

The temperature at the former Twente airbase in the eastern Netherlands dropped to -1.6 °C (29.1 °F) overnight July 4, 2019, setting a new low-temperature record for the month of July and greeting residents with fresh summer frost. The previous record for...

July 04, 2019

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Record-breaking June heatwave affecting most of Europe

A severe heatwave for the time of year is currently affecting western, central and northeastern Europe, with the most affected countries Spain, France, northern Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. On June 27, new June temperature records were...

June 27, 2019

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How rare is giant hail in Europe

2019 storm season brought unusually strong thunderstorms, out-of-season windstorms and very large/violent/destructive hailstorms to much of Europe. Very rare giant hail was reported on several occasions, inflicting heavy damage. On June 11, multiple severe storms...

June 19, 2019