Poland – I need not have changed the tire for the summer

The cold spell across Europe is bring late season cold and snow as Piers Corbyn predicted;

Via Google Translate (with video);

Snowfall, strong wind and frost – so places in the country looked tonight. The difficult situation is still among others, in the province of Silesia – 70 thousand. customers were left without power.
Province. Silesian Tuesday it is struggling with heavy snowfall. In some parts of the region it has dropped even more than 20 cm. During the last day units of the State Fire Service intervened over 260 times.

In Czestochowa, on one of the settlements broken tree crushed several cars.

Cars in the snow

In turn, the cars on the road just got stuck in the snow. According to the governor crisis management center all roads and highways in the province. Silesia were passable on Wednesday morning, but at night some of them traffic was difficult or even blocked due to fallen trees or on the road barricaded by trucks that could not enter the hills.

Unnecessarily changed the tire for the summer – said one of the drivers from the area of ​​Czestochowa.

Winter is not forgiven

Those who have not yet changed the tires, can successfully put it off until at least next week. According to forecasts in the coming days we still have to reckon with snow and sleet. On Wednesday, among others, will fall in the south of the country, poor rainfall possible also in the center.

From morning white among others in Katowice, but as noted by TVN Meteo presenter Anna Dec, is “symbolic of rain”, taking into account what forecasters predict on Wednesday.

The Lower and Upper Silesia, but also in the Opole chance of snow up to 10 centimeters, it is really a lot – Anna Dec notes and adds that, in combination with strong winds may cause blowing snow.

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Gardeners Beware – Late Season Cold Wave Hits Europe

Easter Sunday got off to an unusually cold start across Sweden – with three weather records broken as some towns experienced their chilliest April night in decades.

Southern Sweden saw unseasonably cold temperatures, with up to 10cm of snow in northern Skåne, Blekinge, Kronoberg, Halland and Kalmar.

In Örebro, the mercury dropped to -14C, making it the coldest April night since 1944, according to P4 Örebro.

In Karlstad, Sweden’s meteorological institute SMHI said temperatures reached -9C, meaning it was the coldest night of April since 1985.

In Floda, Södermanland, things were even colder, reaching -17C. That was the coldest night measured since the local weather monitoring station was set up in 1995.
“It’s over 20 years old now, so we can say it’s remarkable that it was so cold,” Alexandra Ohlsson, a meteorologist at SMHI, told Swedish newswire TT.

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Spain: First snow now flooding rains to come

It seems Spain its having quite an unusual and prolonged winter 

And now the same system that brought snow on Thursday is to bring floods this weekend;

Residents from Barcelona, Spain, to Nice, France, will face the risk of flooding rain into the start of the weekend.

The same storm that allowed unusual snow to fall in Madrid on Thursday will tap into enough moisture from the Mediterranean Sea to unleash heavy rain in northeastern Spain, the southern coast of France and neighboring coastal northwestern Italy.

A band of rain, heavy at times, will swing across northeastern Spain into Friday evening before targeting southeastern France and the northwestern coast of Italy once again on Saturday.

A total of 25-50 mm (1-2 inches) from northeastern Spain into the western Alps is likely with locally over 75 mm (3 inches),” AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said.

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“March is not a month of torrential rains in the Mediterranean, so if flooding finally occurs at this time, it would be an unusual episode,” Gabriel Salvà, a meteorologist at Barcelona’s International Airport, told AccuWeather.

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http://spanishnewstoday.com/galicia-freezes-in-early-spring-snow_87221-a.html

Bayern joke with Real Madrid as capital hit by snow: We’re going to feel at home.

It is rare for snow to fall in Spain’s capital of Madrid, but football clubs were willing to see the humorous side with the international break currently underway.

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Winter Cold Exposes Soft Underbelly of EU Energy Union Goal

h/t GWPF

9 February 2017

  • Power hoarding in southeast belies integration ambition
  • Bulgaria faces EU review of month-long power export halt

Surface temperatures 9 Feb 17. Image earth.nullschool.net

As freezing weather triggered energy shortages across southeast Europe at the start of the year, Bulgaria’s refusal to export power was typical in a region where everyone had to fend for themselves.

Nations from Greece to Hungary hoarded power last month in response to the coldest winter in a decade, exposing the weakness of the region’s power markets, which should enjoy unrestricted flows. Temperatures in the Balkans and surrounding countries are expected to drop below freezing again next week.

The reaction highlights the European Union’s struggle to break down national barriers for power and gas, integrate markets and bolster energy security as it tries to ease dependence on Russian fuel. While many southeast European countries are in the EU, they have been slow to modernize plants and cables in a region where assets per person for production and infrastructure are about a third of that in advanced Europe, according to the International Monetary Fund.

“What I see in the Balkans is clear evidence that everybody first secures its own consumption and only then, if they’re in a position to do so, they’ll help the others,’’ said Andras Totth, the deputy chief executive officer of strategy at Hungarian state-controlled utility MVM.

January’s cold snap crippled supplies in a region dominated by coal-fired generation and hydropower, cutting electricity to tens of thousands of homes and sending energy prices to record levels. Greece cut power exports for two days, while Romania restricted flows as rivers froze and one of its nuclear reactors was forced to halt after a blizzard damaged the high-voltage line connecting it to the grid.

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