Romania back to 1970s winters

Already huge amounts of snow accumulated on the building roofs.

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Romania back to 1970s winters

Marius Bratu

Just let you know that these days in western and central Romania we face a severe snowy weather and climatological event. From Friday evening to Sunday morning has snowed heavy continuously, fortunately without blizzard.

We are back 70’s winters.

For example Timisoara city has got 42 cm official snow depth on the weather station platform but in Aria we have got up to 50 cm even 100 cm (more than 3 ft) as the maps show. The last Timisoara record 33 cm for December was reached in 2012 but our official records started in 1960-1961 measuring mainly average snow depth but not the deepest one. So we have a lack of records snow depth data from 60’s to 90’s.

This winter season started early, on 19th of November in Oltenia and Moldavia regions as you see on the third maps. Turning back to the last event, 50 000 housing and 50 settlements were in the dark for 2-3 days without electricity or heat, lots of flights canceled, railway disrupted due to heavy wet snow which broke plenty of trees, schools were closed for two days and roads buried in snow. Even water supply was a big problem and the merchants sold out all the shovels.

Our challenge now is to mitigate icy roads and the huge amounts of snow accumulated on the building roofs.

The harsh winter has just started. According with the last update,  a north polar vortex is approaching a new low-speed ever recorded since 1979 with unusual strong early Sudden stratospheric warming with huge consequences on tropospheric jet shifts and arctic mass displacement to low latitudes aria for the next 30-40 days.

Schools closed in 39 localities in Arad County

https://stirileprotv.ro/stiri/actualitate/scoli-inchise-luni-si-marti-in-mai-mule-localitati-dupa-codul-portocaliu-de-ninsori.html

More than 45,337 consumers in 57 localities lose power
http://www.tion.ro/peste-20-000-de-abonati-in-continuare-fara-electricitate-in-timis-se-lucreaza-in-continuare-la-remedierea-problemelor/2165382

Schools closed in Timis
http://www.tion.ro/scolile-din-timis-vor-fi-inchise-luni-si-marti-dupa-codul-portocaliu-de-ninsori/2164424

Thanks to Marius Bratu for these links


6 thoughts on “Romania back to 1970s winters”

  1. The previous cooling period (40 years) troughed in the mid-1970s. If similar cold conditions are already experienced now, then the current cooling period will lead to a deeper trough (lowest temperatures), indicating cooling on a longer time-scale than just a few decades.

  2. Quote:
    The harsh winter has just started. According with the last update, a north polar vortex is approaching a new low-speed ever recorded since 1979 with unusual strong early Sudden stratospheric warming with huge consequences on tropospheric jet shifts and arctic mass displacement to low latitudes aria for the next 30-40 days.
    Comment: 1979 was the bottom point of the solar minimum between SC20 and SC21, SC20 very low energy output cycle similar to SC10 (1868 SM), SC15 (1923 SM) and SC16 (1946 SM). The latter cycle SC16 (1946/47 SM) produced the massive Beast from the East which paralysed a coal fired UK and most of Europe for 4 months,
    Equally, the same happened (3 month freeze) during 1962/63 during the decline to solar minimum between SC19 and SC20. That entire SM period between the highest solar output cycle SC19 and 20 was populated with continental cold winters as was the decline between SC20 and SC21.
    The weather history of Europe is littered with cold three month long weather events, all of them during solar minimums between cycles and more so during the whole of named GSM periods as well as the periodic tepid Gleissberg periods 1870 to 1940.
    Low levels of UV and EUV coupled with long lasting Coronial Holes plays a massive role in how our climate is moderated, where excessive rain falls and where drought becomes normal over tens of years. The East African drought during the seventies is a prime example.

    Low levels of UV and EUV coupled with long lasting Coronial Holes plays a massive role in how our climate is moderated, where excesive rain falls and where drought become normal over tens of years.

  3. 30days plus if it hapens is going to make life miserable for many. heaven help the livestock and wild critters too

  4. Hi, I am concerned about water supply over and above alcohol deliveries. Hot baths and showers mean everything to me.
    We need to keep a very beady eye on that old devil called Sudden Stratospheric Warming.
    I find the prospect of burst pipes a very serious inconvenience. Put it this way:- imagine a toilet that couldn’t flush.
    We must go to work now not later, in lagging those pipes as my father and grandfather always did.
    I also have my own survival kit and a checklist of things it must contain.
    Whisky can wait till Spring LOL.

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