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Sweden braces for more wild winter weather

Sweden braces for more wild winter weather

Published: 16 Dec 2009 13:56 GMT+01:00
Updated: 16 Dec 2009 13:56 GMT+01:00

Swedish meteorology agency SMHI issued a warning on Wednesday that the expected heavy snowfall will likely cause major traffic headaches along Sweden’s east coast, in Skåne in the south, and the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea.

According to SMHI, Gotland is likely to be hit with the worst of the storm, which is expected to dump 10 to 20 centimeteres of snow on the island, along with wind gusts of between 75 to 83 kilometres/hour.

“There may be a lot of problems, especially for the traffic situation. The gusts can lead to drifting and there is going to be a lot of snow in some areas,” SMHI meteorologist Anna Österman told the TT news agency.

SMHI is also warning people that the snow, in combination with high winds, may also cause problems for residents in Östergötland and Kalmar counties in Sweden’s southeast, as well as in Blekinge and Skåne counties in the south.

The agency has also issued a warning for gale force winds in the Skagerack and Kattegatt straits off of Sweden’s southwest coast.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

16:39 December 16, 2009 by Random Guy
I think all the snow is from Global warming.

that or all the Gay priests fault:

http://www.thelocal.se/23756/20091209/
17:52 December 16, 2009 by bettan1
Hmmmmmmm, wonder if it's warmer down in "Carbonhagen" ?
17:59 December 16, 2009 by Renfeh Hguh
This just goes to show that Sweden's unilateral approach to climate change has worked creating it's own micro-climate that bucks the global warming trend ;)
20:09 December 16, 2009 by rybo1
During the past 4-5 years, if anyone recalls, we've had no winter. I was delighted to see the stuff waffling down and do a bit of shovelling. However, a Stockholm winter pales in comparison to a New England winter, that I grew up with. Stockholm is much nicer.
20:25 December 16, 2009 by Greg in Canada
Take up skiing. Tthen you'll love the white stuff.
02:08 December 17, 2009 by lingonberrie
Goody.

This will separate the Swedes who have ice-water mixed in their blood with those other Swedes who lack the same.

Past Winters in New England? Just a few days ago, a snow event crossed the United States and exited in Maine that set records of fallen snow and heights of drifts and of which left many universities closed, major Interstate Roadways closed and hundreds stranded, and at least 17 people dead.

I saw snow in NW Pennsylvania that would rival even that, and snow in the far North of Maine and into Quebec that would match and rival those just 12years ago. I have crossed country skied in Maine on snow, on groomed trails, that came up to a moose's neck.

Every age has snow and winter storm stories to relate, and some of those include crocuses blooming in January with the dire threat of winter's demise, but somehow winter comes back, as just now.
02:15 December 17, 2009 by wotist
Rybo1, I recallect things a bit differently from you apparently. The winter of 2005-2006 was the most wintery Swedish winter in decades with spring arriving very late in 2006. Even the people down in Skåne were astounded by all the white stuff that kept clinging to the ground. Where I'm at here in Östergötland snow covered the ground for most of December, all of January, February, March and good bit of April with the last traces of snow not being gone until sometime in May. I was doing quite a bit of cross country skiing that winter.
05:24 December 17, 2009 by spacesquid
It must be the hole in the ozone layer letting all the warm air out....
07:47 December 17, 2009 by Glempa
I hope some of these comments about global warming are jokes and not serious. There will always be, and always has been, variation in winter temperatures from year to year- It is a fact that the last decade has been the warmest decade since records began. This does not mean we will not have winter again!
08:38 December 17, 2009 by the pigeon hunter
ah i get so tired of "jokes about global warming are not funny". come on. most of earth's history was spent in a world entirely without ice. just because human recorded history doesnt recall a warmer climate doesnt meant that it didnt happen.

sure it's scary but for the love of god let it go! yes, it's becoming warmer... or maybe it isnt?

it's not like we can influence it much anyway because as we discover year after year, there is a lot more to earth than the dynamics we are already aware of.
08:52 December 17, 2009 by karex
So simplistic of many to associate snow=proof of no global warming. My advice: learn a bit about something before commenting. Especially the part that says that a rise in worldwide temperatures (as little as 1-2 degrees) sooner or later will trigger an early ICE AGE. The dynamics are extremely complex. Everything is related. You can't mess with one part and not affect all the rest.

Just look at the mess we create when we introduce a new species in a place it previously did not exist - it disrupts the entire food chain.
09:39 December 17, 2009 by Pont-y-garreg
Snow and cold in winter in Sweden! Shock! Is this news?

What next: Exclusive! - rain forecast in the rainforest. Sun in the Sahara?

And who translates this stuff? "barrel down"? Get a good thesaurus.
10:35 December 17, 2009 by Luckystrike
Off-Topic,

It is proven that global warming is a natural occurrence, yes, BUT, never in history before, roughly in the past 60 years, have we thrown so much crap into the atmosphere, cut down so much forest areas, over-farmed lands...Over populated the world...the list goes on and on...only in the past 60 years in the millions of years history of the earth.

My point is, global warming to a certain extent is natural, but what we're done in the past 60 years up until today has seriously screwed with that natural pattern. People will learn the hard way sooner or later, maybe even before you old folks of the local pass on.
11:21 December 17, 2009 by Suntiger
@spacesquid

Nah. My sis moved to New Zeeland a couple of years ago and they are under the ozone "hole" (actually the layer is just thinner). The effect is that the sun is markedly more harmful and you have to wear sunscreen or get burned quickly, even when already tanned.

They also have a higher percentage of skin cancer compared to when the layer was thicker.

(The hole moves though, sometimes it's over Australia, sometimes over Antarctica and sometimes over New Zeeland.)

As for the snow, it doesn't mean there's no global warming. As I've understood it the warming means that the weather gets more extreme.

Refer to the heavy downpours in august which has been regular in the last five to seven years or so which were not as intense in the 80's and 90's.

Likewise, the very warm weather with hardly any snow for all winter in 2008, compared with the cold and very long winter in 2006.

The changes are larger and more intense, as a result of the weather changes (whether natural or artificial).

What it means? Well, it costs society a lot of money since the effects of the weather gets more intense as well.

Means higher taxes, or you having to buy your own stuff (like a new roof for the house or car window for example).

Whether by taxes or increased private costs, we'll have to pay for it either way.
13:37 December 17, 2009 by Random Guy
........... forget the global warming thing.... i still think it is the gays fault.
07:17 December 18, 2009 by spacesquid
At the time that Greenland was discovered, the Earth was a bit warmer and southern Greenland actually had green meadows and could sustain villages of Norse settlers and their cattle, sheep, goats, horses, etc. The name was actually an accurate description of the land at the time.
14:17 December 18, 2009 by samwise
It felt colder when I was a child, but I spent much much much more time outdoors, the conditions of heating and insulation were poor back then.

perception is not reliable when it comes to the global tempreture. Measuring it in itself is a very difficult thing, our planet is huge and humans only occupy a slice of it. I don't have a lot of faith with the data presented currently, let alone twisted/adjusted data.

I don't see how many people can be so sure about things that are this complex, it makes me skeptical intuitively.
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