• Germany's news in English

Goose carnage as fog engulfs Germany

The Local · 16 Nov 2012, 10:45

Published: 16 Nov 2012 10:45 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

The birds apparently lost their way amidst the impenetrable mist. Confused and disorientated, they landed in droves on the roads and motorways around Berlin, according to reports in Die Welt.

Large numbers of them were subsequently run over and killed, and motorists are still being advised to drive especially cautiously on Friday.

In Saxony-Anhalt, around 80 vehicles were involved in a large motorway pile-up on the road between Querfurt and Eisleben, where poor visibility and slippery roads meant that drivers skidded out of control on the treacherous ice.

Many collided, others hit the crash barriers. One man was killed, and around 40 injured.

Click here for The Local's weather forecast

The fog and mist hit the country on Thursday morning, and has been thickening since then - meaning that drivers should remain vigilant.

By Friday the fog is expected to be overwhelming in large parts of the country, and the temperature will remain at a nippy 0 to 5 degrees.

Only the Alpine areas are likely to see some sun, as a southern wind could blow away some of the dense cloud coverage over the course of the day. These fortunate regions could see temperatures climb as high as 14 degrees.

And the fog is likely to descend again on Friday night, and is not set to clear on Saturday. The day will be misty and dull, and with thick clouds hanging over the country, the sun will have little chance of penetrating.

Northern areas could see a little dissipation, but the respite will be brief, as these areas should be engulfed by nightfall too. With temperatures still hovering around zero, it's also going to remain chilly.

Story continues below…

Light drizzle could set in by Sunday morning, especially in the north-west and west. In less densely foggy areas, temperatures will drop back down to minus five degrees. Elsewhere it is likely to remain dull and grey, with minimal sun.

By Sunday night the weather may have softened a little, with the hard temperatures and extreme fog giving way to a brighter spells in parts of the south and east - though elsewhere will remain murky and bleak.

The Local/pmw

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

15:12 November 16, 2012 by Leo Strauss
Gans und gar tragisch :(
Today's headlines
Dad who auctioned baby on eBay restricted from seeing child
Photo: DPA.

A German court ruled on Thursday that a man who put his one-month-old baby up for sale on the online auction platform eBay should only be allowed contact with the child under supervision.

Portugal's ruling party calls German minister 'pyromaniac'
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Photo: DPA.

The head of Portugal's ruling Socialists called German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble a "pyromaniac" on Thursday after he criticized Lisbon for reversing course on austerity.

These are Germany's top ten universities
The new library of Freiburg University. Photo: Jörgens.mi / Wikimedia Commons

These are the best universities in all of Germany - at least according to one ranking.

Introducing Swabians - 'the Scots of Germany'
Photo: DPA

These Southern Germans have quite a reputation in the rest of the country.

Woman sues dentist over job rejection for headscarf
Photo: DPA

A dentist in Stuttgart is being taken to court by a woman whom he rejected for a job as his assistant on the basis that she wears a Muslim headscarf.

Isis suspect charged with scouting Berlin attack sites
Photo: DPA

German federal prosecutors said Thursday they had brought charges against a 19-year-old Syrian man accused of having scouted targets in Berlin for a potential attack by the Isis terror group.

Berlin Holocaust memorial could not be built now: creator
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, in Berlin. Photo: DPA.

The architect of the Berlin Holocaust memorial has said that, if he tried to build the monument again today, it would not be possible due to rising xenophobia and anti-Semitism in Germany and the United States.

'Liberal' Germany stopping Europe's 'slide into barbarism'
Ian Kershaw. Photo: DPA

Europe is not slipping into the same dark tunnel of hate and nationalism that it did in the 1930s - mainly thanks to Germany - one of the continent's leading historians has said.

Eurowings strike to hit 40,000 passengers
Travelers impacted by the strike on Thursday wait at Cologne Bonn airport. Photo: DPA.

The day-long strike by a Eurowings cabin crew union is expected to impact some 40,000 passengers on Thursday as hundreds of flights have been cancelled.

Deutsche Bank reports surprise quarter billion profit
Photo: DPA

Troubled German lender Deutsche Bank reported Thursday a surprise €256-million profit in the third quarter, compared with a loss of more than six billion in the same period last year.

10 German clichés that foreigners get very wrong
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
10 ways German completely messes up your English
Germany's 10 most weird and wonderful landmarks
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd