Record-breaking cold hits Europe, causing widespread damage to agriculture

Record-breaking cold hits Europe, causing widespread damage to agriculture

Unseasonably cold weather hit parts of Europe over the past weekend, following warmer-than-normal temperatures in previous weeks that caused rapid greening of flora. Damage to agriculture is widespread but it seems it’s not as bad as it was last year when a similar cold episode happened. The worst affected countries were France, Germany, Spain and Austria.

Medistorm “Helios” makes landfall near Albenga, Italy

Medistorm “Helios” makes landfall near Albenga, Italy

Medistorm "Helios" — also known as Windstorm Blas — has made landfall near Albenga, Italy just before 12:00 UTC on November 15, 2021, and dissipated, the Mediterranean Cyclone Center (MCC) said in their advisory issued at 12:00 UTC on November 15. Over…

Extreme rainfall causes catastrophic flooding in western Germany

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…

Destructive storms bring giant hail, tornado and flooding to parts of France

Destructive storms bring giant hail, tornado and flooding to parts of France

Severe storms pummeled parts of France over the weekend into Monday, June 21, 2021, bringing flooding rain, giant hailstones, and a tornado that resulted in damages and one person missing. Around 44 000 lightning strikes were recorded. In Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil,…

Exceptional, widespread frost to cut wine output by nearly a third, France

Exceptional, widespread frost to cut wine output by nearly a third, France

Exceptional frost damage to vineyards in France this month could reduce wine production by nearly a third, farm office FranceAgriMer reported Thursday, April 22, 2021, citing estimates from fruit growers and winemakers. Much of the harvest has been lost to the…