2018.01.03 – ESC European Windstorm Update: Severe Storm BURGLIND slams central Europe (English Version)

Severe Storm BURGLIND, with a central pressure of 966 hPa, is striking central Europe today – and striking hard. Peak gusts of 174km/h have already been registered on the peak of the Zugspitze mountain in southern Germany, and full hurricane-forced gusts are expected also in the lowland throughout much of Germany, the Benelux and France. Storm gusts are expected to affect a much broader area. The storm is predicted to move off towards the east within the next 24 hours, however the next storm may not be far away; a low-pressure system by the name of Christina is already approaching over the northern Atlantic, and is expected to bring stormy conditions at least to the UK.

Current peak gusts of storm BURGLIND:
174km/h – Zugspitze, Germany
161km/h – Great Dun Fell, UK
161km/h – Säntis, Switzerland
152km/h – La Dole, Switzerland
150km/h – Jungfraujoch, Switzerland
144km/h – Napf, Switzerland
144km/h – Pilatus, Switzerland
140km/h – Vlissingen, Netherlands

Below you will find the ESC European Windstorm Overview, as well as the windstorm warnings and watches.

 

 

2017.12.26 – ESC European Windstorm Update: Storm expected to strike Spain, France, move into Mediterranean

There are currently two storm systems in Europe.

Storm DIETHELM III is currently located on the southwestern coast of Norway, and continues to be quite a strong storm, with a central pressure of only 967hPa, and peak gusts of 133km/h having been registered in Germany. However, the storm is expected to dissolve within the coming 24 hours.

A much more interesting system is that named EDILBERT, which is currently approaching the French coast. It is difficult to estimate current wind speeds; peak gusts of 106km/h have been reported from the French Atlantic coast, however the main wind field is yet to make landfall. The storm currently has a central pressure of 980hPa. The low-pressure system itself is expected to move through the English Chanel, however the main storm field is expected to stay much further south, with severe storm gusts to be expected along the French coast and in parts of Spain. There is still uncertainty as to where the storm will move thereafter, however it looks like parts of Italy, and the Adriatic coast of the Balkans should brace for some uncomfortable conditions.

Storm warnings and watches have been issued accordingly.

Find the European Windstorm Overview, as well as Storm Warnings and Watches below:

 

2017.12.23 – ESC European Windstorm Update: Storm DIETHELM moving through northern Europe

A strong storm system by the name of “DIETHELM” is currently located off the Norwegian coast in the Norwegian sea. The main wind field of the storm is located to its south, and is expected to bring stormy and potentially dangerous conditions to much of northern Europe & the Baltic sea in the coming hours, as the storm moves eastwards over these areas.
The peak gust registered today until time of writing was 130km/h, registered on a Norwegian oil platform.

A severe storm warning – meaning that gusts over 120km/h are likely to take place within the coming 24 hours – was issued for the Northern UK, the North sea islands, southern Norway, southern Sweden, as well as Denmark and the coasts of Germany, Poland, Kaliningrad and Lithuania.
A storm warning, issued for gusts exceeding 70km/h, was put in place for most of the bordering regions, and also northern Ireland, the Baltic Islands & Baltic States, much of Scandinavia, Poland, and parts of Belarus, the Ukraine and Germany.
A storm watch was issued for the remaining areas of Ireland and the UK, as storm gusts are possible there between now and 48 hours from now.

Below, you will find the ESC European Windstorm Overview, Warnings & Watches.

 

 

2017.12.18 – ESC European Windstorm Update: Storm warning for Iceland, watches for UK & Norway

A strong storm system is currently located off the coast of Greenland, packing gusts well above 125km/h and a central pressure of only 960hPa. The storm is expected to move northeastwards over the coming two days.

A storm warning has been issued for Iceland as well as the islands of the northern North Sea; in these areas, storm gusts are to be expected due to this storm within the next 24 hours.

A storm watch has been issued for the far north and far northwest of the UK as storm gusts are possible there today and tomorrow, however the forecasts are far from certain.  For a similar reason, a storm watch has been issued for parts of the Norwegian coast, where storm gusts will be possible tomorrow.

Below, you will find the ESC European Windstorm Overview, as well as the warnings and watches.

 

2017.12.08 – ESC European Windstorm Update: Severe Storm “WALTER” in Norway, Denmark

Severe storm “WALTER”, which brought peak gusts of over 200km/h to the northern UK yesterday, is now located off the Norwegian coast with a central pressure of 961hPa. Reports of hurricane-forced gusts around 150km/h are coming in from oil rigs in the north sea; the Norwegian Gulifax Platform has reported a peak gust of 156km/h.
The storm will largely stay out to sea, however there may still be some severe storm gusts at the Norwegian coast, and storm gusts are also to be expected throughout much of mainland Denmark. A storm / severe storm warning has been issued where appropriate.

A storm watch was issued for the southern and western parts of Ireland, as towards the end of the forecast period – roughly 48 hours from now – wind speeds are expected to pick up as a new storm system approaches from the Northern Atlantic.

Below, you will find the ESC European Windstorm Overview, as well as the Windstorm Warnings & Watches.

 

2017.11.21 – ESC European Windstorm Update: Strong Windstorm headed for UK; Watches issued

Though the situation is overall calm in most of Europe, a low-pressure system lingering over the northern Atlantic is expected to bring some stormy and potentially hazardous conditions to the UK and the northern coasts of western Europe soon.

The low pressure system currently has a central pressure of 987hPa, and peak gusts are currently at only around 80km/h. However, over the course of the coming night a well-defined storm field is expected to form, which will then move northeastwards along the English Channel on Wednesday. In much of the UK, peak gusts of over 100km/h, sometimes over 120km/h, are to be expected. Southeastern Ireland as well as parts of the French coast may also be impacted by hurricane-forced gusts. Severe storm watches have been issued accordingly on the maps below.
Storm gusts are also expected along the coasts of France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and in Denmark as well as the southwestern coast of Norway. A storm watch has been issued for these areas.
As generally stormy conditions persist in much of the Northern Atlantic, storm gusts are also expected to continue in Iceland, with a storm warning having been issued.

Below you will find the ESC European Windstorm Overview, as well as the windstorm warnings and watches.

2017.11.01 – ESC European Windstorm Update: Relative Calm in much of Europe

Today’s situation in Europe is fairly calm. A storm named INGOLF is currently located to the northeast of Iceland, with peak gusts of around 100km/h and a central pressure of 984 hPa.

A storm warning has been issued for the islands of the North Sea, as storm gusts are expected here within the next 24 hours. Individual storm gusts may also take place on the Baltic islands as well as the far north of the UK and the coast of Norway. Storm watches have been issued for these regions. A storm watch has also been issued for Iceland, as storm gusts are possible from time to time within the next 48 hours.

Below are the European Windstorm Overview & Warnings and Watches maps.

 

2017.10.29 – ESC European Windstorm Update: Storms GRISCHA & HERWART

A duo of storms – named GRISCHA and HERWART – will be moving across Europe today, bringing seriously stormy conditions to much of the continent.

Germany is currently being pounded by the storm, and in the past few hours, peak gusts have reached over 120km/h in the lowland, with nearly 180km/h reported on some mountains. The storm is causing serious delays in the German rail system.
Wind speeds are currently also picking up in Austria and the Czech Republic, which are next in line for a direct hit by the storm.

A severe storm warning has been issued for large parts of Central Europe all the way from the Dutch coast over Germany, Austria, Czechia, Slovakia, and into Hungary and Slovenia. Peak gusts of over 120km/h even in low lying areas are to be expected here. A storm warning for gusts exceeding 70km/h covers a much wider area all the way from the Netherlands, western Germany to Bosnia, Romania, the Ukraine and Lithuania. Further, storm gusts are to be expected along most coasts of the Baltic. A storm watch has been issued for far eastern Europe, as storm gusts are expected to move into this area tomorrow.

More information on the warnings, watches and overview maps for European windstorms below:

2017.10.28 – ESC European Windstorm Update: Warnings & Watches issued as storm HERWART expected to strike Europe

Forecaster: LH

This weekend is expected to be a rather turbulent one throughout large parts of Europe. On Saturday, storm conditions persist between low pressure in the north and a high pressure system located near the British Isles, a constellation which will ultimately also allow tomorrow’s storm HERWART to form. In the near term, storm gusts and even some hurricane-forced gusts are to be expected in southwestern Norway and on the islands of the North Sea. Severe storm warnings have been issued accordingly.

As strom HERWART starts to form and move southeastwards over Scandinavia – towards mainland Europe – wind speeds will pick up. Within the time period for warnings – 24 hours (storm fields predicted between 24 and 48 hours from now are marked as “watches”) – storm gusts of over 120km/h are to be expected in Denmark as well as the German North Sea coast and the northern coast of the Netherlands. Storm gusts are to be expected throughout much of Germany, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Austria.

As storm HERWART will continue to move southeastwards, some of these regions may also experience severe storm gusts over 120km/h. A severe storm watch is in effect, but covered by the warning on the warnings & watches map.
The storm is then expected to move through eastern Europe later on Sunday at a rapid pace, with much of eastern Europe experiencing severe storm gusts or at least storm gusts. Watches have been issued accordingly; see the map below.

2017.10.24 – ESC European Windstorm Update: Overview / Warnings / Watches – A (relatively) calm day

Today’s situation regarding windstorms in and around Europe is fairly relaxed. Though storm FLORENZ continues to stir up wind and quite a bit of waves in the northern Atlantic, its peak gusts of over 130km/h can be found to the north of Iceland and the storm is not expected to affect mainland Europe today.

A storm watch has been issued for the islands of the North Sea as well as the far north of the UK, as towards the end of the 48-hour forecast period, storm gusts may affect these areas. The same goes for the coasts and islands of the Baltic sea that have been put under a storm watch.

Below you will find the European Windstorm Overview as well as the Windstorm Warnings and Watches: