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Snowstorm buries Harz Mountains

The Local · 23 Nov 2010, 09:05

Published: 23 Nov 2010 09:05 GMT+01:00

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The 1,142-metre peak in the state of Saxony-Anhalt saw its snow base almost double overnight, going from 28 centimetres at noon on Monday to 50 centimetres by Tuesday morning. Meanwhile high winds have created massive drifts, said René Sosna from the Brocken weather observation tower.

The tracks of the Harz Railway, the main line to the Brocken, have also been covered in drifts. Workers began to clear the way around 8 am when the sun rose.

Some trees fell overnight from the weight of the snow, but they were safely removed, police said. Authorities in the nearby cities of Goslar, Braunlage, Clausthal-Zellerfeld and Braunschweig said they hadn’t had any major traffic incidents after issuing a storm warning.

The DWD reported that increasingly wet and cold air is moving into the country, with clouds and rain expected in most regions, and snow above 200 metres altitude. High temperatures will range between 2 and 6 degrees Celsius, but will likely drop below freezing in the coming days.

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09:58 November 23, 2010 by P Gosselin
Just a short time ago,the same climatologists claimed the opposite...lack of snow in the Alps, rare snow in the lowlands, warm and mild winters.

Can't these guys make up their minds? Funny how their new predictions come out just before the cold arrives.
10:35 November 23, 2010 by Simon_Kellett
> Just a short time ago,the same climatologists claimed the opposite...lack of snow in the Alps, rare snow in the lowlands, warm and mild winters.

I think you need to read up on the difference between weather and climate.

And, AFAIK, the DWD are not climatologists: they are weather forecasters.
10:57 November 23, 2010 by mixxim
Who said it was the British that talk about weather?
11:10 November 23, 2010 by frankiep
I love the new comeback about how 'deniers' need to understand "the difference between weather and climate" as if they are to totally unrelated things. Are we to honestly believe that weather and climate are so completely inversely related that increasingly colder weather only serves to reinforce the 'fact' (and I use that term very loosely) that the world is becoming dangerously warmer? I don't know, maybe in the George Orwell School of Logic this makes sense, but I and many, many others are not buying it.
13:34 November 23, 2010 by adipk
I think this snowfall is also caused by "immigrants" .

Enjoy winter
14:52 November 23, 2010 by Doogle
Weather is climate - since climate is just a sequence of weather events over a given time period.

Civilizations have always looked for causes of climate changes. Back in 16th & 17th century Europe, thousands were executed for what was called "weather cooking," where religious and political institutions blamed witches - mostly women - for poor growing periods or storms.

Today we are still technically in an ice age more specifically an interglacial period where the ice-caps are receding due to warmer temps - this has been going on since the last ice age ended some 10,000yrs ago. Only in the last 10,000yrs of relative climate stability have we as a species advanced - and in last 5000yrs have mastered agriculture and built cities. Prior to this our forefathers just survived extremes of weather. Does anyone really believe we can keep passing laws and sell carbon credits to make earth an "Ideal Climate?" Interestingly, scientists from Nasa say that Mars has warmed by about 0.5C since the 1970s. This is similar to the warming experienced on Earth over approximately the same period.

Since there is no known life on Mars it suggests rapid changes in planetary climates could be natural phenomena. Go figure.
16:46 November 23, 2010 by jamano
Can't you people understand that rapid weather changes are not natural when they happen year after year after year. Every year new records - storms, winds, rains, temperatures to the exptere. Seasons like spring and winter are getting shorter while summers and winters are longer with drastic changes from - to + in days. Tornadoes and cyclones appear when no one has seen them before, etc. etc.

Al Gore documentary was great, go see it.
18:53 November 23, 2010 by Doogle
This would be the Al Gore movie "An Inconvenient Truth" which in 2007 a British High Court judge criticised for being alarmist, exaggerated and littered with scientific errors. Not so great.

Google - 35 Inconvenient Truths.
22:20 November 23, 2010 by Lancer565
Snowing in the Harz in Winter! My goodness me, well if that isn't a sign of the global warming hoax then I don't know what is.
21:28 November 24, 2010 by tianju
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22:01 November 24, 2010 by wxman
I've been a meteorologist since 1976 and a climatologist since 1984. I could not have said it any better, more scientifically accurate or more succinctly than Doogle.
00:41 November 26, 2010 by ErickDDiaz
Hey! Try using a reflective mirror remember that sorry?
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