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"We warned at the start of ZetaTalk, in 1995, that unpredictable weather extremes, switching about from drought to deluge, would occur and increase on a lineal basis up until the pole shift. Where this occurred steadily, it has only recently become undeniable. ZetaTalk, and only ZetaTalk, warned of these weather changes, at that early date. Our early warnings spoke to the issue of global heating from the core outward, hardly Global Warming, a surface or atmospheric issue, but caused by consternation in the core. Affected by the approach of Planet X, which was by then starting to zoom rapidly toward the inner solar system for its periodic passage, the core was churning, melting the permafrost and glaciers and riling up volcanoes. When the passage did not occur as expected in 2003 because Planet X had stalled in the inner solar system, we explained the increasing weather irregularities in the context of the global wobble that had ensued - weather wobbles where the Earth is suddenly forced under air masses, churning them. This evolved by 2005 into a looping jet stream, loops breaking away and turning like a tornado to affect the air masses underneath. Meanwhile, on Planet Earth, droughts had become more intractable and deluges positively frightening, temperature swings bringing snow in summer in the tropics and searing heat in Artic regions, with the violence of storms increasing in number and ferocity."

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From the ZetaTalk Chat Q&A for February 4, 2012:

 

The wobble seems to have changed, as the temperature in Europe suddenly plunged after being like an early Spring, Alaska has its coldest temps ever while the US and much of Canada is having an extremely mild winter. India went from fatal cold spell to balmy again. Has the Earth changed position vs a vs Planet X to cause this? [and from another] Bitter cold records broken in Alaska - all time coldest record nearly broken, but Murphy's Law intervenes [Jan 30] http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/01/30/bitter-cold-records-broken-in-alaska Jim River, AK closed in on the all time record coldest temperature of -80°F set in 1971, which is not only the Alaska all-time record, but the record for the entire United States. Unfortunately, it seems the battery died in the weather station just at the critical moment. While the continental USA has a mild winter and has set a number of high temperature records in the last week and pundits ponder whether they will be blaming the dreaded "global warming" for those temperatures, Alaska and Canada have been suffering through some of the coldest temperatures on record during the last week.

There has been no change in the wobble pattern, the wobble has merely become more severe. Nancy noted a Figure 8 format when the Earth wobble first became noticeable, in early 2005, after Planet X moved into the inner solar system at the end of 2003. The Figure 8 shifted along to the east a bit on the globe between 2005 and 2009, (the last time Nancy took its measure) as Planet X came closer to the Earth, encountering the magnetic N Pole with a violent push earlier in the day. But the pattern of the Figure 8 remained essentially the same. So what changed recently that the weather patterns became noticeably different in late January, 2012?

The N Pole is pushed away when it comes over the horizon, when the noon Sun is centered over the Pacific. This regularly puts Alaska under colder air, with less sunlight, and thus the historically low temps there this January, 2012 as the wobble has gotten stronger. But by the time the Sun is positioned over India, the N Pole has swung during the Figure 8 so the globe tilts, and this tilt is visible in the weather maps from Asia. The tilt has forced the globe under the hot air closer to the Equator, warming the land along a discernable tilt demarcation line.

The next loop of the Figure 8 swings the globe so that the N Pole moves in the other direction, putting the globe again at a tilt but this time in the other direction. This tilt is discernable in weather maps of Europe, again along a diagonal line. Depending upon air pressure and temperature differences, the weather on either side of this diagonal line may be suddenly warm or suddenly cold. The tilt and diagonal line lingers to affect much of the US and Canada, but the Figure 8 changes at this point to be an up and down motion, pulling the geographic N Pole south so the US is experiencing a warmer than expected winter under a stronger Sun. Then the cycle repeats, with the magnetic N Pole of Earth pushed violently away again as the Sun is positioned over the Pacific.

 

From the ZetaTalk Chat Q&A for April 6, 2013:

 

Would the Zetas be able to let us know what is causing the early break-up of the Arctic Ice, the ice seems to have taken on a swirling pattern at the same time, would this be wobble related? [and from another] http://www.vancouversun.com/news/national/Canada+Arctic+cracks+spec... The ice in Canada’s western Arctic ripped open in a massive “fracturing event” this spring that spread like a wave across 1,000 kilometres of the Beaufort Sea. Huge leads of water – some more than 500 kilometres long and as much as 70 kilometres across – opened up from Alaska to Canada’s Arctic islands as the massive ice sheet cracked as it was pushed around by strong winds and currents. It took just seven days for the fractures to progress across the entire area from west to east. [and from another] http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=80752&src=iot... A high-pressure weather system was parked over the region, producing warmer temperatures and winds that flowed in a southwesterly direction. That fueled the Beaufort Gyre, a wind-driven ocean current that flows clockwise. The gyre was the key force pulling pieces of ice west past Point Barrow, the northern nub of Alaska that protrudes into the Beaufort Sea.


The Figure 8 formed by the N Pole during the daily Earth wobble has shifted somewhat to the East, due to Planet X positioned more to the right of the Earth during its approach. This was anticipated, and well described in ZetaTalk, the Earth crowding to the left in the cup to escape the approach of Planet X, so the angle between these two planets would change slightly. This shift of the Figure 8 to the East is due to the push against the Earth’s magnetic N Pole occurring sooner each day than prior. Thus instead of occurring when the Sun is high over the Pacific, over New Zealand, it is now occurring when the Sun is high over Alaska. All the wobble points have shifted eastward accordingly.

This has brought a lingering Winter to the western US, and a changed sloshing pattern to the Arctic waters. Instead of Pacific waters being pushed through the Bering Straits into the Arctic when the polar push occurs, the wobble is swinging the Arctic to the right, and then later to the left, creating a circular motion in the waters trapped in the Arctic. Since the Earth rotates counterclockwise, the motion also takes this path. This is yet another piece of evidence that the establishment is hard pressed to explain. They are attempting to ascribe this to high pressure and wind, all of which are not new to the Arctic, but this circular early breakup of ice in the Arctic is new.

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Comment by KM on June 4, 2013 at 5:25am

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/story/2013/06/03/sk-torn...

Unusually early Tornado activity in Maple Creek, South Saskatchewan, Canada.

Family encounters tornado near Maple Creek, Sask.

Brodie Windjack shot this video of a tornado from his family's truck as they hustled to get home Sunday.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0CZfJ2Sm...!

Some Saskatchewan cattle ranchers got a scare Sunday when they encountered a tornado while coming home on the highway.

It happened while Perry Windjack and several members of his family were taking their empty cattle liner home after fueling up.

Windjack said they saw an ominous-looking rotating cloud about three kilometres away that appeared to form a tail that dropped toward the ground.

"It looked like it was heading east," he said. "We just wanted to get the heck out of there."

The tail pulled back up quickly and the family continued on their way.

Windjack said he's just glad everybody got home safely.

"Basically an empty cattle liner is just like a big old kite and we wouldn't have had much of a chance, had it developed into something," he said. "I think we could have been in some trouble."

Environment Canada told CBC News it was indeed a tornado the Windjacks saw, adding it touched down for a total of about five minutes.

Windjack's son Brodie videoed the swirling cloud for several minutes.

"It really turned into a funnel cloud and the tip started to drop down," Brodie Windjack said. "So there was a little bit of terror, I guess you could say, with all the tornadoes down in Oklahoma."

The Windjacks' ranch is about 15 kilometres southeast of Maple Creek.

Heavy rain and hail came with the storm and some parts of Maple Creek were briefly flooded.

Brodie Windjack shot this video of a tornado from his family's truck as they hustled to get home Sunday. (Brodie Windjack/YouTube)
Comment by Kojima on June 4, 2013 at 3:35am

Flood waters from Czech dams bear down on Prague [BBC News; 3 June 2013]

Footage shows animals at Prague zoo being moved to higher ground, and submerged emergency vehicles, cars and homes in other parts of Europe

The authorities in the Czech Republic have been forced to open dams in the south of the country, releasing huge volumes of water towards Prague.

The River Vltava, which flows through the capital, is rising and levels are expected to peak on Tuesday morning.

Severe floods caused by days of heavy rain have left at least seven people dead in the Czech Republic, and two others in neighbouring Austria.

Germany has drafted in the army to help reinforce flood defences in the south.

In the Bavarian town of Passau, floodwaters have now reached a level not seen since the 16th Century, making much of the town inaccessible.

Charles Bridge closed

In the Czech Republic, a nationwide state of emergency is in force. Around 3,000 people have been forced to leave their homes across the west of the country.

On Monday morning, the River Vltava was flowing at 2,800 cubic metres per second - 10 times its normal volume - through Prague's historic centre.

As a precaution the city's metro system and central sewage treatment plant were closed, metal flood defences were erected and sandbags built up along the banks of the Vltava.

The Charles Bridge - normally packed with tourists - has been closed and tigers at the city's zoo were even tranquilised and moved out of an enclosure thought to be at risk.

By Monday evening, the people of Prague had thought the worst was behind them, reports the BBC's Rob Cameron in the capital.

But then Prime Minister Petr Necas announced unexpectedly that a system of nine dams called the Vltava Cascade was dangerously full, and the pressure would have to be relieved.

At 20:00 local time (18:00 GMT) the floodgates on several dams were opened.

Our correspondent says the Vltava in Prague is now rising again, the situation exacerbated by several swollen tributaries.

Firemen and soldiers are raising the city's flood defences again to cope with the extra volumes of water on the Vltava, which has already burst its banks in several places.

North of Prague, further downstream, the River Elbe is rising to levels approaching those seen in 2002, the last time Europe experienced similar floods.

Seventeen people were killed in the Czech Republic then and the cost of the damage across the continent was estimated at 20bn euros (£17bn).

Disaster zone

Main roads in many areas of central Europe have been closed and rail services cut. Thousands of homes are without power.

In Austria, the meteorological service said two months of rain had fallen in just two days.

Floods across Central Europe

Austria Two people have died and several are missing in the west of the country

Germany Evacuations have taken place in Saxony while Bavaria is forecast more heavy rain

Czech Republic Seven people have died and Prague is on high alert. Troops have been called in to erect flood defences

A man was found dead near Salzburg after being swept away as he worked to clear a landslip, and another man who had been listed as missing was found dead in the western state of Vorarlberg. Three people remain missing.

More than 300 people were moved from their homes in Salzburg and the neighbouring Tyrol as the army worked with the civil authorities to clear landslides and make roads passable. Parts of the Pinzgau region, which includes Taxenbach, have been declared a disaster zone.

'Extremely dramatic'

In Germany, the army said it had sent 1,760 soldiers to southern and eastern areas to help local authorities reinforce flood defences.

The Bavarian towns of Passau and Rosenheim declared states of emergency, as forecasters warned of continuing heavy rain and a high risk of flooding from several rivers, including the Danube.

Water levels in Passau, which the Danube is joined by the Inn and Ilz rivers, were at their highest since 1501 and might rise further, the DPA news agency said.

Much of the city is inaccessible on foot and the electricity supply has been cut as a precaution. Inmates at a prison in danger of being flooded have also been moved.

"The situation is extremely dramatic," Herbert Zillinger, a spokesman for Passau's crisis centre, told the Associated Press.

Towns and cities in Saxony, Thuringia and Baden-Wuerttemberg have also been inundated by flooding, and the army has been deployed to help with the emergency effort.

In northern Saxony, water levels on the River Mulde were said to be particularly high.

A large area of Eilenburg north-east of Leipzig was evacuated, reports said, with 7,000 people being taken to emergency shelters.

Shipping was halted on parts of the Danube and Rhine rivers in Germany, and the entire length of the Danube in Austria. The rivers are used heavily to transport commodities such as grain and coal.

An emergency taskforce has been set up by the federal government, and Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to visit affected areas on Tuesday.

The European Union has said it stands ready to help the three countries as they tackle the devastating floods.

Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico also warned that there was a risk of flooding as water moved down the Danube, which flows through Bratislava.

"We are getting bad news from Germany and Austria. We have to do all we can to protect... the capital," he said.

The head of Hungary's National Disaster Authority, Gyorgy Bakondi, said 400 people were working on flood defences in the capital, Budapest, where he said the level of the Danube might reach or even exceed the height seen in 2002.

Comment by lonne rey on June 3, 2013 at 5:18pm

Flooding in the Alps

Heavy rain has caused widespread flooding in Austria and Switzerland. It has combined with melting snow to produce extreme conditions. People have been evacuated from their homes and there are reports of several deaths.
Flooding fears

One of the worst affected areas is in Austria where a worker helping with the clear up operation was swept away near city of Salzburg. Two other people are missing.

A third person has been reported missing in the province of Vorarlberg.

Roads have been closed and we have heard from a PlanetSKI reader that the Austrian ski resort of Salbaach has been cut off as the road is deemed impassable.

Many roads in the Alps have been shut, including the one between Hopfgarten and Westendorf, due to mud slides.

Ski resorts are also now being pounded by heavy rain.

MeteoSwiss says the flood levels in St Gallen only happen once in 100 years.

Reports say four people are missing, feared dead, in Switzerland and Germany.

The army in Germany is on stand-by.

Rivers are at dangerously high levels as heavy rain continues to fall.

For a montage of pictures of the flooding and the efforts people are making to save their homes and possessions then see here.

Although there is danger in the Alps the most threatened areas are lower down as some of Europe's largest rivers are fed from the smaller ones coming down from the Alps.

For the latest information as rivers burst their banks and people are evacuated see this story on the BBC.

Prague, the Czech Republic is on high alert.

Flood barriers have been deployed and volunteers are filling sandbags in the city, the river Vltava reached its peak level in Prague during Monday morning.

The Prime Minister, Petr Necas, has called a special cabinet meeting to co-ordinate the emergency plan.

There are many flood alerts on the Danube and parts of Central Europe are bracing themselves.

Homes have been evacuated across southern Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland.

There have also been flood alerts in SW France and the Pyrenees.

We will bring you further news on the flooding, in the Alps and elsewhere, later on PlanetSKI.

Forecasters say the rain should ease off on Monday.

Once again at altitude this means more snow is falling and adding to the huge amounts still remaining.

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Comment by lonne rey on June 3, 2013 at 12:06pm

Snow in June: Russia’s Siberian town in absolute anomaly (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

A layer of snow on the second day of summer has put the citizens of the Russian city of Kemerovo completely out of humor.

Bloggers were at a loss when commenting the issue.

“Snow in Kemerovo TODAY? That’s hardcore. The weather must’ve forgot it’s June.”

“With a sense of terror has just learnt it’s been snowing in Kemerovo. What’s next?”

“Tornado in the US. Floods in Czech Republic. SNOW in Kemerovo!”

The city in South Siberia is situated on 55°22'17.58" north latitude but even for that region -2 Celsius on June 2 morning is over the top. The region has seasonal inland climate, which means really cold winters and very hot summers.

This spring has been sort of cold in the Kemerovo Region, which witnessed snow in early May and an emergency extension of the heating season. No wonder that people have been waiting for warm summer days just like for manna from heaven, but instead got snowflakes.

But the locals are full of determination to recalculate sowing season schedule and plant kitchen gardens as usual and against all odds, probably because over 70 percent of Russia’s territory is the area of risk farming and people are used to encounter hardships of the kind

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Comment by Kojima on June 3, 2013 at 4:34am

German-speaking Swiss mop up from heavy rain [The Local.ch; 2 June 2013]

Aerial shot of flooding in Wittnau in the canton of Aargau from RTS video. (Screenshot)

Northern, central and eastern Switzerland mopped up on Sunday following torrential rain that triggered flooding in regions from Bern to Graubünden, leading to road closures, flooded basements, landslides and the evacuation of some residents.

Numerous rivers and lakes spilled over their banks over the weekend after as more than 200 litres of rail fell per square metre in eastern Switzerland starting on Friday.

Meteonews said Amden, a municipality in the canton of Saint Gallen, received as much as 250 litres over the weekend, a record for the country.

The rain subsided on Sunday but the level of water bodies remained dangerously high in various locations.

In the capital city of Bern, emergency workers placed barriers along the Aar River to minimize flooding, the ATS news service reported.

In the canton of Lucerne, a landslide in Werthenstein closed a rail line west of the city of Lucerne.

Mud and gravel buries sections of rail ines in the canton of Zurich between Rütli and Jonas (Saint Gallen) and also at Wald in the Töss Valley, ATS said.

Flooding of the Greifen and Pfäffikon lakes, in the canton of Zurich, was also reported, while the Rhine flooded its banks in Basel and elsewhere.

Various other lakes such as Constance, Zurich, Lucerne and Walenstadt were expected to see their levels to rise to a peak level late on Sunday, said MeteoSwiss, the national weather office.

Meanwhile, the heavy precipitation forced the closure of several mountain passes.

The Gotthard Pass closed on Saturday because of avalanche risks, Viasuisse said in a press release.

The San Bernadino pass in the canton of Graubünden closed due to snow, along with the Jaun pass in Fribourg.

Another landslide in the Oberalp pass in Uri closed the road, ATS said.

The rain was caused by a depression coming from Poland which hit eastern Switzerland early Friday.

Western Switzerland was largely spared the heavy rain, although the northern Jura region and the Fribourg pre-Alps were exceptions.

MeteoSwiss said the worst affected areas of the country received between 50 and 100 millimetres of rain from Friday morning until Saturday afternoon.

Snow fell in mountain regions above 1,600 metres, the national weather office said.

The persistent rain followed a wetter than usual May with less sunshine than average in many part of Switzerland.

The full extent of the damage caused by the flooding is not expected to be known for several days as cantons assess the situation.

Meanwhile, the forecast calls for warmer weather through this week, although thunderstorms are expected in many regions on Wednesday and Thursday.

Comment by SongStar101 on June 3, 2013 at 2:05am

http://news.yahoo.com/damaging-storms-moving-east-south-202626913.html

The US gets pounded with weather extremes over just two days...

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Damaging winds knocked down trees and utility wires in parts of northern New England on Sunday, flights were delayed in New York City and there were reports of a tornado in South Carolina as the East Coast braced for the remnants of violent weather that claimed 13 lives in Oklahoma.

Heavy rain, thunderstorms, high winds and hail moved through sections of the Northeast on Sunday afternoon. The National Weather Service issued a rare tornado warning as a line of thunderstorms raced through New Hampshire into western Maine. The National Weather Service said a tornado warning was issued as radar indicated a possible tornado moving from Kingfield, Maine, to Bingham, Maine. The tornado was not immediately confirmed.

In northwestern South Carolina, authorities checked unconfirmed reports of a tornado, said Jessica Ashley, a shift supervisor for Anderson County's 911 center. The fire department responded to a report of roof damage to a home and callers said trees were blown over. No injuries were reported.

The weather service said thunderstorms and winds in excess of 60 mph in Vermont produced 1-inch-diameter hail and knocked down numerous trees and wires. In northern Maine, radar picked up a line of thunderstorms capable of producing quarter-sized hail and winds stronger than 70 mph. Forecasters warned of tornadoes.

The prediction for stormy weather in the New York City region produced delays at major airports. John F. Kennedy International Airport had delays of about two hours on departing flights, while La Guardia Airport was delayed nearly three hours, and Newark Liberty Airport was delayed more than three hours on arriving flights to New Jersey.

In the southern part of the United States, thunderstorms, high winds and hail were expected as part of a slow-moving cold front. Heavy rains could spawn flash flooding in some areas, the weather service said.

Meanwhile, residents in Oklahoma cleaned up after the storms there killed 13 people, including three veteran storm chasers. Tim Samaras; his son, Paul Samaras; and Carl Young were killed Friday. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said the men were involved in tornado research.

Jim Samaras told The Associated Press on Sunday that his brother Tim was motivated by science.

"He looked at tornadoes not for the spotlight of TV but for the scientific aspect," Jim Samaras said. "At the end of the day, he wanted to save lives and he gave the ultimate sacrifice for that."

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin toured damage in El Reno, about 30 miles from Oklahoma City. She said the death toll could rise as emergency workers continue searching flooded areas for missing residents.

The state Medical Examiner's Office spokeswoman Amy Elliott said the death toll had risen to 13 from Friday's EF3 tornado, which charged down a clogged Interstate 40 in the western suburbs. Among the dead were two children — an infant sucked out of the car with its mother and a 4-year-old boy who along with his family had sought shelter in a drainage ditch.

In Missouri, areas west of St. Louis received significant damage from an EF3 tornado Friday that packed estimated winds of 150 mph. In St. Charles County, at least 71 homes were heavily damaged and 100 had slight to moderate damage, county spokeswoman Colene McEntee said.

Northeast of St. Louis, the town of Roxana, Ill., also saw damage from an EF3 tornado. Weather service meteorologist Jayson Gosselin said it wasn't clear whether the damage in Missouri and Illinois came from the same twister or separate ones.

Five tornadoes struck the Oklahoma City metro area on Friday, the weather service said. Fallin said Sunday that 115 people were injured.

The storms formed out on the prairie west of Oklahoma City, giving residents plenty of advance notice. When told to seek shelter, many ventured out and snarled traffic across the metro area — perhaps remembering when a tornado hit Moore on May 20 and killed 24 people.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph said roadways quickly became congested with the convergence of rush-hour traffic and fleeing residents.

"They had no place to go, and that's always a bad thing. They were essentially targets just waiting for a tornado to touch down," Randolph said. "I'm not sure why people do that sort of stuff, but it is very dangerous."

Comment by lonne rey on June 2, 2013 at 10:50am

Italy shivers through 'cursed spring' of relentless rain

June normally heralds the arrival of summer heat, but 2013's capricious weather is fuelling new meteorological obsession

They said summer was going to arrive this week," remarked Haq, "and instead came winter." Within minutes, torrential rain was lashing the cobblestones as thunder rumbled in the distance. "It's all the wrong way round," said a bewildered Haq, from Bangladesh. "It's incredible. I've been here for 10 years now and I've never seen anything like it. It's too strange."

Italian springs are often strange, but this one will perhaps be remembered as particularly capricious. As with much of northern Europe, the country has shivered its way through a good deal of the year. In the north-west, according to the Italian meteorological society, residents have had the coldest May since 1991. In much of the north-east, the spring has been the wettest for at least 150 years. A mountain stage of the Giro d'Italia bike race was called off due to snow and ice. Beach resorts in Tuscany have been flooded. Many farmers have suffered huge damage to their crops.

Now, as June arrives, it should technically be summer. But it certainly doesn't feel like it. "Last year, by this point, we were going to the sea. At the beginning of June we went down to the Fori Imperiali and sunbathed," said Mario Ramelli, a street-corner florist in central Rome. This spring's brutto tempo has been a topic of conversation with many of his customers – that is, those who stop to buy a pot of pansies

In countries such as Britain where changeable weather is a given, the coming meteorological events have always been a favoured topic of conversation. But among Italians, this so-called cursed spring appears to have created what one magazine has called the latest national obsession.

"As well as a country of saints, poets and sailors, we are now a people of meteorologists," declared Panorama magazine, part of Silvio Berlusconi's media empire. "The more it rains," it noted, gloomily, "the more we become like the Americans, addicted to the weather forecast, glued to the Weather Channel, talking only of this."

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Comment by lonne rey on June 1, 2013 at 1:26pm

Rain, Rain, Go Away: Germany Drowns in Endless Downpour

Heavy rain hit Germany this week and left large parts of the country flooded,...After barely surviving the darkest winter in decades, Germans are now suffering through one of the soggiest springs in memory. Flooding has led to major damage and one death, and only one corner of Germany can expect any relief soon.

For weeks, rain has been pounding Germany, whose serotonin-sapped residents are straining to hold on to the last vestiges of hope after already having suffered through the darkest winter in over four decades. But, save for a few soon-forgotten days of sunshine, most of Germany's vitamin-D-deprived residents have had to live through endless days of gray drizzle and downpour this spring. Though summer is officially just around the corner, refrains of "Can you believe this (insert expletive) weather?" have given way to silent, knowing looks and forlorn sighs.

Indeed, April showers have only been followed by more showers in May, when 178 percent more rain fell than the year before, according to estimates of Germany's National Meteorological Service (DWD). What's worse, the DWD says that -- except for in a lucky few parts of northwestern Germany -- Mother Nature has no plans to turn off the spigots anytime soon.

The DWD issued extreme weather warnings on Friday for the southern states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg as well as regions of Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt and Hesse, saying that up to 70 liters (18.5 gallons) of rain could fall per square meter (10.7 square feet). The rains could also spread to parts of Hesse and Lower Saxony.

Already for days, areas in the northern state of Lower Saxony have been fighting floods caused by overflowing rivers. A cyclist drowned in the capital city of Hanover on Thursday when she fell while riding on a closed, flooded highway and was washed away by the current. Police reports said that water levels were only slightly receding on Friday.

Similar flooding has been seen in many other German locations, where waters are filling basements, trapping inhabitants, closing small and major roads, and felling trees. "The weakened earth can no longer hold tree roots," said one police spokesman, adding that the rains have caused several landslides that blocked streets.

Common Pattern, Atypical Duration

The culprit behind the current round of misery is a low dubbed "Dominik." On Friday, the depression was east of the Alps and drawing air from the north. The DWD says that a low over Central Europe has been strengthening the weather effects for weeks. As a result, clouds are being pulled over Germany from north to south, where they climb up the Alps, cool off and then dump heavy rain. Although the pattern is not atypical, the DWD says, it usually doesn't last for weeks.

Between early Saturday and early Sunday, meteorologists are expecting to see up to 100 more liters of rain per square meter in the Alps. In certain spots of heavy congestion, this could even rise to 150 liters per square meter -- or more than typically falls in an entire month.

In fact, the DWD says that, from Germany's northern coastlines to the Alps, the earth is wetter than it has been in 50 years. This broad swath of muddy soil is causing major problems for the agricultural industry, the DWD reports, making it impossible to drive on 40 percent of fields, use machinery or spray against pests, diseases, molds or weeds.

Vegetable growers are getting the worst of it. In some fields of Lower Saxony, the water almost completely hides the raised rows of dirt in which the country's beloved asparagus is grown. The waters could also severely damage the upcoming harvest of early potatoes. "Even if they haven't already rotted in the ground, now you can't harvest them," said a DWD spokesman.

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Comment by Stra on May 31, 2013 at 5:33pm

Record high temperatures in Scandinavia

 

While southern Europe faced with unusually low temperatures, Scandinavia warms almost to 30 degrees Celsius.

 

 

Stockholm - While Europe is facing south for the season, unusually low temperatures are in Lapland in northern Europe yesterday recorded a record high temperature by as much as 29 degrees Celsius, says Slovenian Press Agency.

Nyrud at the station, which lies 250 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, the Norwegian Meteorological Institute on Thursday afternoon recorded exactly 29.1 degrees Celsius.

Mercury has risen quite high in Sweden. In place Oeverkalixu, which lies about 800 kilometers north of Stockholm, the intent is 28.7 degrees Celsius. At the same time announced that the northernmost Swedish places like high temperatures have today.

In the Finnish town of Inari, which is nearly a thousand kilometers away from the capital Helsinki, is also intent historical record, namely 28.9 degrees Celsius, in writing STA.

 

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Comment by lonne rey on May 30, 2013 at 12:24pm

French ski station to re-open slopes, in June!

French ski station to re-open slopes, in June!

A combination of an icy winter and a chilly spring has meant that for the first time ever in the month of June, skiers will have the option of heading to the pistes in the French Pyrénées, French TV TF1 reported on Wednesday.

After recent cold weather, bosses at the ski station Porte Puymorens in the Pyrénées-Orientales region of the mountain range that divides France from Spain have taken the exceptional step to re-open the slopes this weekend after they had closed them at the end of the season in April.

Eric Charre, director of EPIC, the company that runs the station, told AFP that they wanted to “take advantage of all the snow that has not melted”.

The Pyrénées witnessed heavy snow falls throughout the winter that led to regular avalanche alerts being put in place.

At one point in the ski season, stations had to close because there was too much snow.

Spring in France, which forecasters say has been the coldest in 25 years in some parts of the country, has meant the snow, which would normally have melted away by this time of year, is still in abundance.

Charre said that slopes running between 1600m and 2500m in altitude “have as much snow as in winter”.

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