A highly relatable personal account of Tuesday’s events in Germany as the storm system passed over Northern Europe.
It continued to blow hard here today with some nasty squalls in between. It’s an odd sight to find branches and leaves on the ground in early May. The spectra of light greens not deep reds and yellows told me that it was Spring not Autumn.
To the author I would say yes it is ‘climate change’ but it has nothing to do with mankind. What we are experiencing in Northern Europe is something not often experienced but is just a sign our planet and its weather are once again changing as it always has done and always will. At 33 you have been lucky to have lived in a fairly benign warm climate period that is showing signs of reverting once again.
Brian Fagan has some wonderful books which open the eyes to what our ancestors faced
A modern day European transported to the heights of the [Little Ice Age] would not find the climate very different even if winters were sometimes colder than today and summers very warm on occasion too. There was never a monolithic deep freeze rather a climatic see saw that swung constantly back and forwards in volatile and sometimes disastrous shifts. There were arctic winters, blazing summers, serious droughts, torrential rain years, often bountiful harvests and long periods of mild winters and warm summers. Cycles of excessive cold and unusual rainfall could last a decade a few years or just a single season. The pendulum of climate change rarely paused for more than a generation.”
Tornadoes in the 11th and 19th Centuries. – http://www.torro.org.uk/site/whirlwind_info.php
The 16th Century was also stormy –
However we don’t have to go back centuries for examples of unusual weather
We had real heavy storm in Northern Germany today. I thought the storm was heavy in our federal state Schleswig-Holstein but then I saw the news about the neighboring federal state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, there was total destruction in some towns. We had more luck in Schleswig-Holstein, but it was very unusual and scary anyway. They said in the news that it was a tropical thunderstorm.
I was sitting in my living room and watched out of the windows and wrote my mother a small message like “Do you see the clouds? Looks like the end of world”. She replied “Yea, pretty scary dark”. About two minutes later rain started, to be honest, it was like a rain explosion because from one second to the other a full-blown shower started.
It was not a usual shower. I don’t know how to explain this, from one second to the other I couldn’t watch…
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