Let’s talk about global warming… Or better said GLOBAL COOLING! A brutal cold wave is currently sweeping across Europe, bringing tons of SNOW, powerful WINDS triggering widespread POWER OUTAGES and devastating several countries in Europe and Scandinavia with lows that haven’t been seen since 1980 in Sweden.
Sweden has had the lowest temperature in November since 1980 with a polar wave sweeping Western Europe. Same in Ivalo, Finnish Lapland, where thermometer were at -22ºC as well as in Norway.
Brutally cold in Sweden🇸🇪 last night with temperatures dropping to a staggering -37.3°C (-35.1°F).
Really impressive low temperatures for this stage of the winter in the north of the country. Cold spreading quite widely through Europe as we sppeak. pic.twitter.com/bOxCGeLmAJ
— Scott Duncan (@ScottDuncanWX) November 28, 2021
On the Finnmark plateau between Kautokeino and Karasjok, Sweden, temperatures dropped to -35°C on Sunday. The forecast for next week shows a temperature anomaly for the last days of November at 10°C below the 1961-1990 reference period, reports the Swedish Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology.
Förutom nytt säsongslägsta, kan Nikkaluokta nu ta platsen som innehavare av lägst novembertemperatur sedan 1980 i Sverige. I dag, strax efter kl 9 uppmättes -37,4 grader ❄️❄️❄️
— SMHI Väder (@SMHIvader) November 28, 2021
Sweden’s coldest spot Nikkaluokta, near Gällivare in Norrbotten, where this Sunday’s low was -37.4°C, the lowest in the country in November since 1980.
Bitterly cold across Scandinavia with Buresjön in Sweden falling to -34.7C last night. This is the lowest November temperature recorded here since 2010 & also the lowest in mainland Europe of the winter season so far.
And it doesn’t seem to be letting up any time soon either..❄️ pic.twitter.com/Tw2lBGyzlm
— wxcharts – a MetDesk Company (@wxcharts) November 27, 2021
The national record for November cold is -43°C for the year of 1890.
🥶 -36.9°C in Nikkaluokta (#Sweden 🇸🇪)!
➡️ New monthly record (since at least 1980), breaking the old record of -36.6°C set in Nov. 2010.
Also -34.0°C in Utsjoki Kevo Kevojarvi (#Finland 🇫🇮) and -32.3°C in Kautokeino (#Norway 🇳🇴), lowest temperatures in each country this season. pic.twitter.com/K8Jdf5MV3V
— Thierry Goose (@ThierryGooseBC) November 28, 2021
Meanwhile, the anomalous Jet Stream over Europe during the morning hours of 29/11 led to an extreme temperature difference of 67˚C between northern Sweden and southern Greece where -36˚C and 31˚C where recorded respectively.
The anomalous #JetStream over #Europe during the morning hours of 29/11 led to an #extreme #temperature difference of 67˚C between northern #Sweden and southern #Greece where -36˚C and 31˚C where recorded respectively.@mikarantane similar difference with N. Finland.#wxtwitter pic.twitter.com/D2QztYgLgK
— Georgios Papavasileiou (@PapavasileiouWX) November 29, 2021
The cold climate even reaches the coast of the far north of Norway, where the Arctic waters are kept ice-free due to the warm sea current of the Gulf. It was only -31.0°C at Karasjok – Markannjarga in Norway thursday. This is the fifth year since the weather station was established in 2004 that the temperature fells below -30°C in November. Lowest -35,0°C in 2010.
«Only» -31.0C at Karasjok – Markannjarga in Norway thursday. This is the fifth year since the weather station was established in 2004 that the temperature fells below -30C in november. Lowest -35,0C in 2010. pic.twitter.com/NaneK45TLd
— Torsten Hanssen (@VaerTorsten) November 25, 2021
Further east in the Russian Arctic, about 20 ships have been trapped in thick sea-ice for several weeks Northern Sea Route and freed only recently by two strong ice-breakers.
Satellite-derived observations highlight much thicker and more widespread sea ice cover in the Siberian #Arctic compared to last year. This is consistent with recent reports of challenging shipping conditions along the Northern Sea Route. Graphic from https://t.co/uzWknWmNnX. pic.twitter.com/brka4By0mG
— Zack Labe (@ZLabe) November 24, 2021
The current freeze comes in sharp contrast to last fall, when meteorologists reported the warmest months of October and early November, averaging 6.7°C higher than normal across the Arctic. Meanwhile, snow fell over all Europe this week.
Snow is expected in effectively all European countries in the coming days… pic.twitter.com/6FYaGfLOqE
— Scott Duncan (@ScottDuncanWX) November 27, 2021
Extreme cold and snow in the UK after Arwen
In the UK, the Met Office warns that Monday’s dawn could be the coldest in a decade in November.
Blizzard conditions, violent wind gusts of around 100 mph & power outages.
Storm Arwen is a force to be reckoned with, a high-impact storm.
It will feel sub-zero effectively nationwide, even during the day. Nasty wind-chill. pic.twitter.com/nYzeH0I3qf
— Scott Duncan (@ScottDuncanWX) November 27, 2021
The cold also punished the United Kingdom. At least three people have died in the last few hours due to the Storm Arwen that came with blizzards and high winds, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without electricity.
#StormArwen was the first named storm of the season, with strong damaging winds and a mixture of rain, sleet and snow across many areas of the country.
The storm caused powercuts, transport disruption, trees fell, there were large coastal waves and blizzards affected some hills pic.twitter.com/GmBkZoPoGN
— Met Office (@metoffice) November 27, 2021
The British weather agency put much of the country on red alert on Friday night due to the wind. Weather services advise people to travel only in case of need. Snow-covered Brun Valley Forest Park in Burnley, North West England this Sunday as the region still recovers from the effects of Storm Arwen.
— U.K Snow Updates (@UKsnow_updates) November 26, 2021
“Storm Arwen” brought in gusts of 160 km/h on Friday night, before weakening and heading towards continental Europe.
Waterfalls blowing upwards in Caithness, Scotland 🏴 as Storm Arwen rips through the country.
— Scott Duncan (@ScottDuncanWX) November 26, 2021
Heavy snow forced the cancellation of Sunday’s Premier League football match between Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur in North West England, and the heavy gale wreaked havoc on road and rail transport across the UK.
Those who were trapped in Tan Hill Inn overnight will have some digging out to do this morning. Photos sent in by Tom Rigby. #YorkshireDales @SimonLeeWx @metoffice @liamdutton @Petagna @BBCLookNorth @Hudsonweather @JonMitchellITV @PaulKingstonITV @UKWX_ @UKsnow_updates @SnowbieWx pic.twitter.com/p5FumnRGNZ
— NorthYorksWeather (@northyorkswx) November 27, 2021
The extreme wind with hurricane force felled many trees. In Scotland, several train lines were interrupted between Edinburgh, Glasgow and other cities due to strong winds. Several roads were closed.
The sea grew huge on the coast with giant waves crashing against the rocks and coastal cliffs. About 120 trucks were “stuck by snow” on a highway in northern England, police announced.
Northern Powergrid electricity company estimates that strong winds have left some 55,000 customers in the North of England, especially in Northumberland county, without power.
Energy prices soar to record
Extreme freeze over northern Scandinavia causes energy prices to soar to a record high. The main reason is high consumption combined with ice formation on rivers with hydropower plants in northern Sweden. The northern regions of Norway and Sweden are closely linked together in the same electricity grid.
Low production in Sweden pushes prices up, also in northernmost Noway. On Sunday, a kWh came with a price-tag of 1,92 kroner/kWh (€0,19/kWh) on the spot market, the highest cost for electricity inside the Arctic Circle since 2010. Current prices are up to 10 times higher compared to the average daily over the three first weeks of November.
On Monday afternoon, spot prices that retailers use to purchase electricity from the wholesale market will climb even further to 3 kroner/kWh. Such a price level has never been seen before in northern Norway. [TBO, MetSul]
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