Already in the last article, we were informed about the severe blizzard in Bratislava, Slovakia (and Brno, Czechia, Zakopane, Poland…: https://mkweather.com/bratislavas-metropolitan-area-with-up-to-30-cm-snowfall-the-worst-blizzard-since-2013/) and now we will look at the country hit by an extreme snowstorm the most – Austria.
While in Alpine basins and valleys around 1000 MASL, an unbelievable 1 meter of snow has fallen, in lowlands it was up of to 40 cm snow, which is extreme snowfall not only for early December.
According to available data, it was the strong blizzard in the country since the legendary winter 2012!
E.g Saint Michael Im Lungau, 1094 reports 91 cm of snow, Koetschach / Mauthen, 709 MASL, 64 cm of snow, Alberschwende, 721 MASL, 63 cm of snow, Dellach Im Drautal, 627 MASL, 61 cm of snow, Reutte / Tirol, 870 MASL, 49 cm of snow…
From lowlands, the highest snowfall is reported from Carinthia (Spittal an der Drau, Villach-Land) – 40 cm and from Burgenland – 30 cm.
In central Vienna, 15 cm, in a larger metropolitan area of Vienna, up to 30 cm snow was reported.
Snow calamity was associated with widespread power outages, cars ended buried under the snow on roads and highways, trees were falling under heavy snowfall and many accidents were reported, including metropolitan cities.
Extreme snowfall is reported from neighboring Bavaria, Germany, and Slovenia, too (the next Mkweather articles).
Legendary winter 2012 brought in Central Europe extreme frosts around -35°C below 500 MASL and there are fears, that in the 2021-2022 season, extreme frosts will repeat, thanks to very cold Arctic /link below/.
Only before a short time have appeared the strongest early frosts in the Siberian coldest region in all-time history (-61,1°C – updated value) /https://mkweather.com/historical-times-for-siberia-610c-has-never-been-measured-so-early//.
In Canadian Arctic, frosts up to -46,0°C have appeared, so far – in many regions, it´s the strongest earliest frosts since 2004 /https://mkweather.com/eureka-431c-the-lowest-temperatures-in-canadian-arctic-in-early-winter-since-2004/; https://mkweather.com/canada-460c-daily-records-in-yukon-were-broken//.
In Europe, the strongest early frosts since 1945 have surprised Sweden (-43,8°C) /https://mkweather.com/the-strongest-early-frosts-in-the-baltic-region-in-62-years-since-1959-tartu-estonia-276c-zoseni-latvia-264c//, the strongest early frosts since 1959 Estonia (-27,6°C) /https://mkweather.com/the-strongest-early-frosts-in-the-baltic-region-in-62-years-since-1959-tartu-estonia-276c-zoseni-latvia-264c// and in valleys in continental Europe was measured -22,0°C so far /https://mkweather.com/220c-in-pontets-france//.
Snowfall even appeared in Ain Sefra, Sahara desert, Algeria /https://mkweather.com/collapse-of-atmospheric-circulation-snowing-in-ain-sefra-sahara-algeria//.
All after anomalously cold Arctic, with the 2nd highest Arctic Sea Ice Extent in the last 15 years /https://mkweather.com/arctic-sea-ice-extent-is-the-2nd-highest-in-15-years/; https://mkweather.com/20-vessels-stuck-and-ice-locked-in-northern-sea-route-the-arctic//.
Therefore, stay safe and warm and will be prepared for the next manifestations of severe winter.