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Ice and snow cause traffic chaos

DDP/DPA/The Local · 19 Dec 2009, 17:01

Published: 19 Dec 2009 17:01 GMT+01:00

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Two people were killed in the far-northern state of Schleswig-Holstein. And police in North Rhine-Westphalia counted more than 1000 weather-related accidents since the beginning of the snow falls on Friday afternoon.

The plummeting temperature caused the breakdown of the power plant for chemical firm BASF in Ludwigshafen in Rhineland-Palatinate.

The temperature at the Funtensee lake in Bavaria dropped to -33.6 degrees. Northern Germany’s highest peak, the Brocken in the Harz mountain range, had its coldest December night in 31 years: -21.7 degrees.

However the German Weather Service (DWD) is forecasting an end soon to the bitter cold, with warmer air replacing low pressure system Vincent by the end of Sunday. Temperatures were set to creep back above zero by Monday and climb to about 5 degrees on Wednesday.

Police said a 24-year-old female driver died in a collision near Neumünster in Schleswig-Holstein after she skidded on snow around a curve into the path of oncoming traffic. Similarly a 52-year-old man in the same state went onto the wrong side of the road and was killed in a collision. His wife suffered life-threatening injuries.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, 20 people were seriously injured and another 85 suffered milder injuries in accidents. The cost of accidents was estimated at about €2.5 million.

In an ice-covered carpark in the Mendig region of the Rhineland-Palatinate, a 39-year-old woman slid into parked car, shunting it into a truck and causing serious head injuries to the truck’s passenger.

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Police in Bavaria counted more than 200 accidents overnight on Friday, causing several injuries, though none life-threatening.

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Your comments about this article

18:22 December 19, 2009 by Henckel
So much for global warming. Christopher Lord Monckton says were are actually in a global cooling trend, and have been since 1998.
19:04 December 19, 2009 by kangaruhmunich
' 8:22 December 19, 2009 by Henckel

So much for global warming. Christopher Lord Monckton says were are actually in a global cooling trend, and have been since 1998.'

a cooling trend uh? is that why the polar ice caps and glaciers are melting at an unprecedented rate? global warming and climate change are not interchangeable terms. the effect of human induced climate change does not exclusively result in warmer temperatures. weather patterns are projected to become more extreme and unpredictable which can also result in very cold weather. however, the overall temperature trend remains a warming one.
22:59 December 19, 2009 by piper1
kangaruhmunich .... You have been brainwashed.

What you are seeing is a natural fluctuation in weather patterns.

Even though the temperatures are cooling ( warming in your opinion ) .. this is nothing to get exited about.

The earth has been around for more years than the average person can get their head around.. and a 10 year sample of temperature fluctuations is hardly a reference to tax the crap out of all us surfs.

Wake up.
00:02 December 20, 2009 by surj
pipes1,You are right,people have been brainwashed about climate change. In my opinion the third world countries are only trying to get money from the first world countries by deception. www.jihad-watch.org
02:55 December 20, 2009 by deep_schismic
Every time I come across a neanderthal who says 'so much for global warming' when it's cold out, I want to bitch slap them to oblivion.
09:11 December 20, 2009 by piper1
Oh dear.. "slap them to oblivion" ?

You would resort to violence just so that you could get the Governments of the world to continue this "Global Warming " farce?
12:21 December 20, 2009 by kangaruhmunich
Scientific evidence about climate change does not diverge from the concept that weather patterns fluctuate naturally. It is the impact from human activities on those natural weather patterns that is the problem.

Global warming is only one consequence of climate change.... and by the way, decades of reliable data on changes to weather/climatic patterns exist than just '10 year of temperature fluctuations'.

The OVERWHELMING INFORMED scientific and public opinion disagrees with you.

piper1 and other climate change sceptics are entitled to your views. There is no point trying to convince those who choose to fiddle whilst rome burns.
21:28 December 21, 2009 by Henckel
@kangaruhmunich: The polar ice caps are not melting at a record rate. You have been misinformed. The polar bears will survive just fine. And even if there is some polar melting, it will never be enough to flood most coastal areas of the world. It's all a big confidence game, and you's been "had" by the con men.
23:13 December 21, 2009 by piper1
Tuvalu in the Pacific is only 2 metres above sea level.. has been for ever.

When and if this tiny island nation submerges, I will be convinced.

( If Global Warming was such a terrible catastophe, the Copenhagen summit would have produced something.. I say there are more skeptics than beleivers )
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