If, as the IPCC has conclusively proven and there is no more scientific debate on the idea that human activity causes global warming, er, climate change, what did we do to cause this ferocious cold spell in Europe????
Here’s the latest info from our friend, Steve Pierce, president of OR-AMS:
Just thought I would pass along an e-mail I received this morning from Italian resident Francesco S.R. Pausata. If verified, this would be an amazing amount of snowfall for that region of Italy. The European death toll is now reported by at 600, as the record setting cold spell continues for nearly 20 days now. Thanks to Francesco for the e-mail. See below.
President, Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)
Oregon AMS web site: http://www.ametsoc.org/chapters/oregon/
From: Francesco S.R. Pausata
Sent: Monday, February 13, 2012 7:34 AM
Subject: 373 cm (12.25 ft) of snow in Urbino (1500 ft asl) in 2 weeks
I’d like to inform you about the exceptional cold spell that have hit Italy in the last couple of weeks…
Everything started at the end of January when a cut-off low west of the Genoa gulf that caused the first snow falls in Piemonte and higher Lombardia (7 inches in Ispra (700 ft) near Lake Maggiore where I live, up to 60 cm/20 inches above 1600 ft asl)
After that a Wejkoff bridge (massive Atlantic block where the Azores anticyclone “marries” the Siberian one and everyone lives happily ever after!) formed and an extremely cold air mass directly from Siberia come down to Central Europe and Italy. This lead to massive snow falls from Bologna to northern Puglia (and nice snow fall hit Rome too with 8 inches of snow in the city center). In the meantime temperature up to -20 C/-25 (-4/13 F) were registered in the plains of Lombardia (Milan region) and Piemonte (Turin region): Ispra (where I live at 700 ft) -20 C in the coldest area (-15 C in the rest of the village). In Trieste, the Bora wind blew up to 182 Km/h (113 miles/hr) (some of the effect of it ..in some pics they also played round with them – http://forum.meteotriveneto.it/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=24992&start=80)… This was just the first round. The second round just few days after with again snow almost every where but the higher Lombardia (where I live) and Friuli (Udine where I come from!) of course! :)) It snowed in Rome again from 10 cm (4 inches) of the city center to 40-50 cm of the northern suburbs.
Anyway at the end Urbino, the city of the Renaissance (central Italy, 43 N, 1500 ft asl) was covered by 373 cm (147 inches) of snow in 12 days!!! maximum height: 202 cm (80 inches). In Ispra we went down only to -16 C (3 F) this time (in the coldest place, -12 C elsewhere)… (total snow fall in Ispra … only 7 inches …still 4 on the ground; Udine instead got up to 0.75 inch in the luckiest suburb!!! I can’t believe it!) Anyway eventually Ispra got an average temperature for the first 12 days of -5 C (23 F) with 8 days ( wit max temp < 32 F). About 7 C departure from the average. Ah btw the Venice Laguna froze up … (some pictures on this link – http://forum.meteotriveneto.it/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=24991&start=70 )