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posted by on Wednesday January 11 2017, @10:59PM   Printer-friendly
from the bone-chilling dept.

The BBC reports:

At least 10 people died of cold in Poland. Night temperatures in Russia plunged to minus 30C.

Normally milder Greece has witnessed temperatures of minus 15C in the north where an Afghan migrant died of cold last week and roads were closed.

In Athens, the temperature failed to rise above 0C and several of the islands were covered in snow.

BBC Weather report about why the cold is so intense.

CBC reports:

The extreme winter weather that has gripped Europe in the past days has caused more than a dozen deaths, left villages cut off, caused power and water outages, frozen rivers and lakes, grounded flights and led to road accidents. Serbia's authorities on Sunday banned river traffic on its stretch of the Danube — one of Europe's main rivers — because of ice and strong wind.

[...] In Italy, eight deaths were blamed on the cold, including a man who died in the basement of an unused building in Milan, and another one on a street flanking Florence's Arno River. [Pope] Francis asked God to "warm our hearts so we'll help" the homeless.

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by looorg on Thursday January 12 2017, @04:18AM

    by looorg (578) on Thursday January 12 2017, @04:18AM (#452839)

    Zero to -30 C is not extreme weather - it's called Winter! This used to be normal winter weather - I would say the last few winters have been the abnormal once with their mild and weak weather. Sure it might come as a surprise down in Greece that there is snow falling and a bit colder then what they are used to but I wouldn't call it extreme, certainly not for Europe. From the articles it seems also somewhat clear that the people that are dying are homeless people - outside, exposed to the elements and not properly dressed. That some economical migrants (aka "refugees") froze to death either as they try and make it to the "good part of Europe", which proves that they are not refugees, is hardly surprising either for the exact same reasons - exposure and not properly dressed. Just look at the pictures - the Russians are out making ice-sculptures with chainsaws and dressed like you should be. The people crying about extreme weather are by comparison just weak and unprepared.

    It's a bit after 5am in central euroland now, it's -8 where I'm at. There is snow outside. Normally this would be quite nice, but it's a personal preference as I hate everything above 15C and think that is to hot. What is making it somewhat less nice is the high wind speeds making it feel a lot colder then it actually is. They said on the news it would get colder during the weekend.

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 12 2017, @05:40AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 12 2017, @05:40AM (#452849)

    Fairbanks Alaska.
    So far it's been a fairly normal winter if not for a bit on the warmer side.
    We've seen some -30F temps so far, even been out and worked in it a little bit. No big deal.
    A normal winter we would have seen -40 by now and for several weeks.
    Forecast is for 40 below by Monday but that changes daily and may only get 20 - 30 below.
    We'll see. So far climate change and warming has been nice above the 63rd parallel. Can't remember the last time I've seen -40 and I'll be just fine if it never gets that cold here again.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 12 2017, @08:33PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 12 2017, @08:33PM (#453049)

      Pussy. When I went to school it was -40 indoors. In Summer. On a nice day. And we liked it.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 12 2017, @08:47PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 12 2017, @08:47PM (#453060)

        Not both ways?

  • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Thursday January 12 2017, @07:09PM

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Thursday January 12 2017, @07:09PM (#453018) Journal

    7 January was reported to be the coldest Orthodox Christmas in Moscow for 120 years,
    I think if you break a coldness record that's been standing for 120 years you can legitimately call it extreme.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 12 2017, @08:36PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 12 2017, @08:36PM (#453050)

      Nonsense! If there has ever been a time on Earth when it has been colder than that, then it is within normal range and you are an alarmist for suggesting otherwise. Temperatures go up, temperatures go down. You can't explain it. Nobody can explain it.