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In Europe, late spring feels more like winter in May

May 7, 2019

By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Dennis Ambler

 

This must be what climate breakdown means!

From Al Jazeera:

 

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Hail fell to create what looked like a covering of snow in Bulgaria on the plain south of the Danube. [Antoaneta Vladimirova]

Hail fell to create what looked like a covering of snow in Bulgaria on the plain south of the Danube. Antoaneta Vladimirova

 

Traditionally, Britons expect it to be cold and wet on a Bank Holiday Monday, so May 6, 2019, lived up to expectations, with temperatures in the UK a full 15 degrees Celsius below last year’s record-high figures.

Almost the whole of Europe has seen a brief return to a few days of winter-like weather because an Arctic wind blew south as the month of May came in. Temperatures dropped typically at least 10C from one day to the next. The driving force, a centre of low pressure over Scandinavia, seems to be reluctant to move.

Low-pressure centres often bring storms. Snow has fallen in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Switzerland. A gale blew down the Rhone valley, whipping up the Mediterranean. Hail fell thickly from thunderstorms in Bulgaria.

 

Roads needed to be cleared near Spitzingsee, after a late-spring snowfall in southern Germany. [Michael Dalder/Reuters]

Roads needed to be cleared near Spitzingsee, after a late-spring snowfall in southern Germany. Michael Dalder/Reuters

A cold and, unusually for May, snowy morning in Feniers, central France. [Pascal Lachenaud/AFP]

A cold and, unusually for May, snowy morning in Feniers, central France. Pascal Lachenaud/AFP

Rough conditions offer good practise opportunities as strong winds blow at the Plage du David beach in downtown Marseille as Storm Eleanor hits southern parts of France. [Boris Horvat/AFP]

Rough conditions offer good practise opportunities as strong winds blow at the Plage du David beach in downtown Marseille as Storm Eleanor hits southern parts of France. Boris Horvat/AFP

Unseasonable May snow in a paddock in  Schliersee, southern Germany. The Netherlands, France and Switzerland all saw late-spring snow. [Michael Dalder/Reuters]

Unseasonable May snow in a paddock in Schliersee, southern Germany. The Netherlands, France and Switzerland all saw late-spring snow. Michael Dalder/Reuters

A snowplough clears part of the Gotthard pass that links the north of Switzerland to the south. It is expected to officially reopen at the end of May. [Alexandra Wey/EPA-EFE]

A snowplough clears part of the Gotthard pass that links the north of Switzerland to the south. It is expected to officially reopen at the end of May. Alexandra Wey/EPA-EFE

Fresh snow covers the village of Falcade in the Dolomites, northern Italy. [Antonella Schena/EPA-EFE]

Fresh snow covers the village of Falcade in the Dolomites, northern Italy. Antonella Schena/EPA-EFE

Early May snowfall in the Alps has reached up to 20 centimetres. [Philipp Guelland/EPA-EFE]

Early May snowfall in the Alps has reached up to 20 centimetres. Philipp Guelland/EPA-EFE

A man clears snow from a terrace in Vijlen, the Netherlands. The last time there was snow in early May here was in 1979. [Marcel Van Hoorn/EPA-EFE]

A man clears snow from a terrace in Vijlen, the Netherlands. The last time there was snow in early May here was in 1979. Marcel Van Hoorn/EPA-EF

17 Comments
  1. jack broughton permalink
    May 7, 2019 2:27 pm

    The “Luvvies” will say that this is all consistent with climate change …….. then fly in for a little late skiing!

  2. theguvnor permalink
    May 7, 2019 2:38 pm

    I’m not sure what the local/ regional weather forecasters had down for w/end but I bet it wasn’t this:
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/07/ravers-get-hypothermia-surprise-snow-storm-french-techno-festival/

  3. tom0mason permalink
    May 7, 2019 2:58 pm

    It’s not Global Cooling, it’s a local hole in the Global Warming. 🙂

  4. R2Dtoo permalink
    May 7, 2019 3:05 pm

    Unfortunately, the alarmists have been successful in confusing weather and climate, and the public has trouble separating daily/weekly/monthly weather from long-term change. Few people will realize that last year’s warm spring and this year’s cold spring will offset each other in a 30-year series, resulting in little long-term change. Those “climate scientists” who promote this deception are most at blame. The politicos who use it drive the meme, but probably wouldn’t be successful without the academics and government scientists playing the game. Sad situation.

    As an aside, the Canadian prairies have been locked into very cold air most of the spring season. Over the last week our temps have been running >10C below average, and many mornings have hovered near record lows for their dates. Heavy frosts at -6 to -8C every day last week. The cold extends south to cover the entire US mid-west region.

    • keith permalink
      May 7, 2019 7:31 pm

      Don’t worry your Met office will no doubt loose these days, just as they have in Australia.
      That will put your temperatures back to normal.

  5. Broadlands permalink
    May 7, 2019 3:17 pm

    In the contiguous US, the coldest May and coldest Spring were both in 1917, also the coldest year. The coldest December was in 1983 not far from the coldest January…1979. It is interesting to note that four years after the coldest year, 1921 became the warmest year…although NOAA has tried to move it down with their “improved” adjustments.

  6. May 7, 2019 3:24 pm

    Reblogged this on Roald J. Larsen.

  7. spetzer86 permalink
    May 7, 2019 3:28 pm

    Wide ranging cold/snow events is how you know that Global Warming is really happening.

  8. May 7, 2019 3:51 pm

    In central Ontario,Canada we have had a cold steady winter which bullt a deep snow pack in the north forests. When the snow melted and the spring rains came there was flooding in the south.Most of the problem was caused by government staff that did not lower the dams soon enough to lower the upper lakes and leave room for the run off water. Our prime minister blamed the flooding on climate change. And there is a subdivision built in Montreal on a lake bottom that flooded because the dike burst. My question is how this climate change force can get so much influence on our world leaders in the free world and yet China and India can keep burning dirty coal and know one says anything.It is assumed climate change is real and yet when you research history warming isn’t proven.Climate and weather have always changed.How did the green industry ever get this far selling there products. Nothing against green energy but it has to be competitively priced and reliable. We are just talking to ourselves as someone has said here. Can this story not get out into the main press

  9. Harry Passfield permalink
    May 7, 2019 4:24 pm

    Of the MILLION items on the extinction list, perhaps snow was one – for those who are true believers. I must ask the children if they can remember what it looks like. /s

  10. Curious George permalink
    May 7, 2019 4:52 pm

    The cold spell is coming a week early in 2019. Usually it comes May 12-14.

  11. bobn permalink
    May 7, 2019 5:06 pm

    England has had a widespread sub-zero C night frost in the first 5 days of May in 2015, 2016, 2017 and now 2019. I’d love some global warming, but i think its as proven as Santa Claus.

  12. matthew dalby permalink
    May 8, 2019 12:29 am

    Not suprisingly this has yet to be reported on the BBC (along with the cold in W Australia and parts of the U.S.). Selective reporting of above average temperatures, but not below average temperatures no doubt helps to create the impression amongst a lot of people that global warming is happening at an unprecedented rate. Since this is only selective reporting to create a false impression and not false reports there is no point complaining to the BBC, so they know they can get away with it.

  13. dearieme permalink
    May 8, 2019 1:32 am

    In May 1979 I encountered snow on Shap. In the September of that year, ditto in the Highlands. That was my briefest snow-to-snow period in Britain. People who did more climbing than me may well be able to boast of briefer ones.

  14. Paul Brooks permalink
    May 8, 2019 8:58 am

    Paul – was the May Bank Holiday actually the coldest on record? The BBC evening weather presenter said that it was but absolutely no other mention on the BBC website (unsurprisingly) or elsewhere. Was it not a record or are the BBC exercising biased deceit by omission again?

  15. Svend Ferdinandsen permalink
    May 8, 2019 10:05 pm

    To me it looks like a severe climate change, but not the way is is supposed to go.

  16. Mark Welford permalink
    May 9, 2019 7:46 am

    Ah so that’s why the Labour Party declared a climate emergency! We are being told to turn down our central heating or we’ll get more weather like this.

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