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Snow to follow record deep freeze

The Local · 6 Feb 2012, 16:18

Published: 06 Feb 2012 14:57 GMT+01:00
Updated: 06 Feb 2012 16:18 GMT+01:00

The Baltic Sea island of Usedom dropped to an icy -29.1 degrees in the early hours of Monday, marking a record low for Germany this year.

But other regions weren't far behind. Ueckermünde in the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania hit -28.7 degrees, the Saxon town Deutschneudorf dropped to -28.2 and Oberstdorf in Bavaria’s Oberallgäu recorded -28.1.

Berlin and the surrounding state of Brandenburg froze through the coldest night in 25 years, with temperatures far below -20.

The warmest part of the country remained the Lower Rhine region, where Duisburg recorded a low of -7.8 degrees.

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The DWD warned the worst of the brutal cold gripping the country was not yet over.

“Tuesday will be even frostier,” said DWD meteorologist Christoph Hartmann.

With daytime highs expected to range between -12 to -7, only the northwest of the country is expected to remain snow-free on Tuesday.

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Wednesday will be “warmer” but still far below zero.

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Your comments about this article

23:58 February 6, 2012 by Runnerguy45
Question, I was having a conversation with someone who said the cold in Germany "doesnt feel as cold" as in the States. It was brought up after watching a soccer match on TV when the temp was 14 f and the plyers did not seem cold.
00:29 February 7, 2012 by zeddriver

The US tends to be a lot windier than Germany. I have seen temps in South Dakota of -33F. Winter time winds are commonly clocked at 40-90KPH which equates to a windchill of -60 to -80 that's cold. And will cause frost bite to bare skin in just 5-10 minutes.
01:08 February 7, 2012 by Runnerguy45
Thanks for the response, I live in the States but wht I was told is 15 degrees F in Germany would feel like 30 f , any truth?
03:03 February 7, 2012 by wood artist

All things being equal, 15 F feels the same everywhere. However, all things are frequently not equal.

Three things can affect what you sense with regard to temperature.

1. Wind. Windchill is a different measure of temperature, and deals with the "perceived" temperature. So, for example, 15 F can effectively be much colder with a strong wind. The wind has the effect of "stealing" more body heat, especially on open skin or poorly-insulated clothing.

2. Rain. Like wind, being wet and being cold makes the cold seem worse, again because the water tends to be more effective at stealing body heat. Also, wet clothing obviously weighs more, and carrying around that "extra weight" has a tiring effect.

3. Humidity. Even without rain or snow or sleet, moist air has a different effect than dry air. Very dry cold air causes the body to give up some moisture, and that changes the way the skin reacts. The result, in simple terms, is just "dry skin" but prolonged exposure gets worse. The temperature might not be much different, but new effects join the "feeling" you have about it.

06:23 February 7, 2012 by Runnerguy45
Does Germany have a dry cold or a humid cold?
09:08 February 7, 2012 by wood artist

Could be either. Usually when you get a strong flow of "arctic air" and a clear sky, it's dry. Cloud cover and previous or pending snowfall make it more likely humid. Any region can get either, it just depends upon the weather gods/goddesses. You can usually sense dry cold because it really seems to suck the moisture from your body...almost a physical sensation.

That scene in the picture for this story looks clear and sunny...most likely dry air.

14:32 February 7, 2012 by derExDeutsche
I guess Fritz Vahrenholt's new book on Climate Change is right. When he worked as a reviewer of data for the IPCC on renewable Energy he said;

' I discovered numerous errors and asked myself if the IPCC reports on Climate Change were similarly sloppy. I couldn't take it anymore, I had to write a book.'

Die Kalte Sonne : Warum Klimakatastophe nicht stattfindet by F. Vahorenholt and Dr. Dr. Sebastian Lüning

already # 4 on the Amazon Germany Bestseller List.

There is an article in today's Focus Magazine.
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