Icy Germany

By: barbamz , 10:10 AM GMT on January 24, 2017




I spent some days at my parent's home southeast of Frankfurt during the current cold spell. This month had already managed it to become one of the coldest Januaries in the southern parts of Germany in the last decades! On the afternoon of Sunday I got some time for a walk around some nearby lakes, former gravel pits which now serve either for leisure activities (swimming, fishing - or currently skating) or as a nature reserve. Those lakes are adjacent to Main river (which is about to freeze, see this video) and the town of Mainhausen/Mainflingen. Here some photos from this walk.


Main river. The very low water level of the German rivers still got worse the last days, at Rhine as well! (Remember my blog three weeks ago).


While ice on Main river was still scattered two days ago ...


... the nearby lakes were already frozen. This is the lake with its little island that serves as nature reserve.


Reflections of the sun on the ice.


The neighbouring lake: First time in many years that skaters are allowed to enjoy it!
Same lake in summer when I've visited it with my parents.









Heading home at sunset.

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52. sandiquiz
10:39 AM GMT on February 23, 2017
I am still awaiting Doris.

The map of wind speed you posted shows how strong it is - but as yet, here at least, we have a "gentle breeze"!

I'll let you know if it gets any worse!! lol
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51. barbamz
9:41 AM GMT on February 23, 2017

Good morning, folks, and good morning, "Doris-Thomas".

D-Day #StormDoris arrives with gales and snow
netweather.tv, Published on 23rd February 2017 07:20
The Atlantic low pressure named Storm Doris has been developing overnight, now moving over the UK. It is bringing heavy rain and snowfall, strengthening winds and high gusts. ...
More see link above with a lot of maps and pics.

Storm Doris winds reach 94mph as it hits UK
BBC, 9 minutes ago

Storm Doris winds reach 94mph as it hits UK
BBC, 9 minutes ago


Click to enlarge. Development of the windstorm in the last 12h.


Current gales up to 153 km/h! Source for updates.

Click the pic.twitter.com link:

At last: here a link to The Guardian's live blog:
Storm Doris 'weather bomb' brings snow, gales and travel disruption - live updates
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50. barbamz
4:51 PM GMT on February 22, 2017


Above the surface map for tomorrow from German weather service, showing strong secondary low "Thomas" hitting the coast of the Netherlands and further on northern Germany as a strong windstorm, probably with gusts of hurricane force. Before it should have crossed Britain where the storm was dubbed as "Doris".

Right now the secondary low is about to develop. Below the current pic of airmasses with a green arrow from me at the location where I think the storm is just getting born.


Click to enlarge. Source for updates.

Addition to comment #218
Storm Doris set to bring winter's worst weather to UK as warnings extended
More snow forecast for Scotland as high wind warning extended to almost all of England, Wales and Northern Ireland
The Guardian, Wednesday 22 February 2017 14.20 GMT
[...] Thursday - Doris Day, as it has been nicknamed - is likely to see widespread damage to buildings, interruption to power supplies and extensive travel problems. The Met Office is warning of injury from flying debris such as tree branches and roof tiles.
Doris, the fourth named storm of the season, is likely to be worst storm of winter so far, according to the BBC's forecaster Chris Fawkes. "It is going to explosively deepen in the next 24 hours ... probably the worst storm of the winter," he said. ...


"Explosive cyclogenesis":
UK braces for Storm Doris
BBC weather video (Chris Fawkes), Feb 22
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49. barbamz
10:30 PM GMT on February 19, 2017
"Last night in Sweden we heard rain ..." ... In the light of recent events, lol:


Daughters Of Eve - Last Night In Sweden

Trump's 'last night in Sweden' comment prompts bemusement, questions from embassy
Updated 12 minutes ago (one of many comments: link)

We are going to get some rain in Germany, too. Quite mild temperatures, and the plants are starting spring activities in my roof garden. Have a nice and peaceful week, everyone.
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48. WeatherWise
5:02 PM GMT on February 16, 2017
Hi Barb, Hope you had a lovely Valentines!



Just checked your cathedral cam and looks like your temp on their weather link is about the same as ours.
We are Fair 44°F / 7°C.
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47. barbamz
9:53 AM GMT on February 15, 2017
Barb *melting away for the rest of the week*: Thank you, Sandi! :-))
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46. sandiquiz
8:16 AM GMT on February 15, 2017
Good Morning - I meant to bring you the latest photo of his Majesty Max as a Valentine present... but the day got away from me.

So here he is :)



Have a good "rest" of the week.
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45. barbamz
9:33 PM GMT on February 14, 2017
Current moonrise in the plains of Rhine-Main with Frankfurt City center-right (near my place), seen by a new foto-webcam from Feldberg/Taunus :-)))


Click the pic to enlarge. Temperature readings from this place available, too.
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44. GardenGrrl
10:57 AM GMT on February 14, 2017
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43. barbamz
7:39 AM GMT on February 14, 2017
Happy Valentines :-)
Listen to this male snow leopard's love song in the Eastern Sayan mountains
By The Siberian Times reporter, 13 February 2017

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Now Mainz and its Hinterland - Rheinhessen - got its own recommendation video, lol:
Rheinhessen first!

And Worms on Rhine, a little south of Mainz, did it as well:
Worms Second

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The United Kingdom Welcomes Trump In His Own Words

Ireland Second

Norway Second, Sweden Last

MEXICO SECOND

Turkey Second

Philippines Second
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42. barbamz
11:14 PM GMT on February 12, 2017
Spain is currently getting drenched by low "Pierre" - probably adding more damage to the vegetables which should be harvested for European markets this time of the year - while central Europe is still under the influence of high "Erika" (surface map for tomorrow):


Current airmasses with low Pierre over Spain. (Click to enlarge)

As central Europe was dominated by blocking highs most of this winter it's no surprise that our soils are lacking water:


This is the current map of upper soils in Germany (dark red = exreme lack of moisture). Deeper soils aren't any better: link. Here is the source for updates. No improvement expected fo the upcoming week.
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41. barbamz
9:47 PM GMT on February 12, 2017
Greetings from a weekend visit at our rural retreat to feed the birds, spend some water to some budding bushes (it's still too dry in Germany!) and look forward to the greener parts of the year ...


Busy tits, enjoying fresh food. (Click to enlarge)


Snowdrops, indicating pre-spring has started.


Buds are prepairing for the new season of green.


Say hello to good old Ronneburg - hopefully not the last time this year :-)

And have a nice week, everybody!
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40. barbamz
9:54 AM GMT on February 11, 2017
Ah, first rays of sunshine broke through in northeastern Greenland yesterday (as they did in my flat which won't receive direct sunlight during eight weeks in winter due to neighbouring houses):


(Click to enlarge. Source: foto-webcam.eu). Notice the quite mild temperatures, too.

I'm out for the weekend. Have a good time, everyone!
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38. BaltimoreBrian
2:24 AM GMT on February 10, 2017
*whistles innocently* What?

Hmmmmm ;)

For a little more information about this, read comment #1879 of my blog And pass it on :)
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37. BaltimoreBrian
2:04 AM GMT on February 10, 2017
Increase in the number of extremely strong fronts over Europe?
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36. barbamz
8:37 PM GMT on February 09, 2017
Thanks, Sandi, Shirley and GG for visiting!

Yes, GG, comedy is in overdrive with current politics in US and elsewhere. And at times you really need a good laugh to bare reality. Concerning those worldwide "second"-videos I'm collecting: the good thing is that they won't make fun just of Trump but of their own countries as well, their sins and flaws. So the toll of the jokes is balanced. And moreover, you even learn something about history, traditions and landmarks in some of those videos, so I enjoyed at least most of this sort of world travel :-)
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35. GardenGrrl
2:34 AM GMT on February 09, 2017
Well now that we are all part of the largest, biggest, hugest unscripted Reality TV show EVER, at least comedians every where now have unlimited material until the internet gets unplugged.
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34. WeatherWise
10:42 PM GMT on February 08, 2017
Hi Barb, Nice photo tour of Berlin in your comment. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have warmed up a bit. We were up to 75 F today if not higher. Think it is to cool down a bit for a couple of days and then warm temps again. Have a good evening.
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33. sandiquiz
11:09 AM GMT on February 08, 2017
We have mizzle! A cross between mist and drizzle! It is not cold today, but due to get colder for the weekend, with the promise of snow! The last snow forecast came to nothing...I wonder if they will get this one right!! lol

Have a good mid-week!
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31. barbamz
9:57 AM GMT on February 08, 2017
Thanks, Mike! Great comedy on SNL, I've really enjoyed it.

And yes, Aussis get some awful weather right now!
Sydney weather: Four-day heatwave to hit after damaging storms
The Daily Telegraph, an hour ago
SYDNEY, get ready to sweat. Hot weather will bring temperatures of more than 40C and humidity levels of almost 100 per cent over the weekend. The entire state is bracing for a weekend heatwave, with the mercury set reach 40C by Saturday, and things are set to get warm from tomorrow as temperatures get to 30C in Blacktown and 34C in Penrith. ...
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30. clearlakemike
10:28 PM GMT on February 07, 2017
Source.

Welcome to hell on Earth in Australia

The strongest heatwave for 2016/17 is about to sweep South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland bringing extremely hot conditions with increased bushfire and heat stress risks. Above image – Maximums via OCF/BSCH for Saturday, February 11th.

Over the next 4 to 5 days, a low pressure trough is forecast to move slowly though South Australia and VIC before drifting North through New South Wales and Queensland. This trough is forecast to combine with a ridiculously hot airmass overhead and dry in very dry and hot conditions ahead of it to produce widespread severe to extreme heatwave conditions.
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29. clearlakemike
9:43 PM GMT on February 07, 2017
You may have seen this already, Barb, but if you haven't...

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28. barbamz
12:43 PM GMT on February 05, 2017
A mighty sub 940mb low with a warm core is about to form in the North Atlantic, heading towards the southeastern coast of Greenland. Met. Institute in Berlin named it as "Niklas". Interesting times ahead for this area! Meanwhile Germany will be dominated once again by high pressure and a lack of precipitation. Boring.





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27. barbamz
7:37 PM GMT on February 04, 2017
European countries introduce themselves to POTUS Trump :-)))

Above, in comment #12, I've recommended a link to a comedy video from the Netherlands who wants to be second after "America first". As this video already went viral, other European countries are now following, telling Trump in his own language why they think themselves as an even better "second". There is a site collecting those videos as they come in: Link.

Below what we've got so far. But careful, this is European late night comedy, and the wording and picturing is sometimes quite tough and "adult" without certain restriction of "good behaviour" as it might be common in the US ("there are children watching ..."). So be warned, especially if you're a Trump fan!

Portugal Second (English Version)

Switzerland Second (official) | DEVILLE LATE-NIGHT

Denmark welcomes Trump in his own words

Lithuania welcomes Trump in his own words - Lithuania second

Luxembourg Second (Official) | Studio Ben

Belgium welcomes Trump in his own words

Starting at 1:50: Germany second | NEO MAGAZIN ROYALE

(Here an article from The Local about the German contribution: Link)
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26. barbamz
7:02 PM GMT on February 04, 2017
Thanks, GG. Sure there are accomodations for impaired people in German trains, too. However, the elderly boss in question isn't that much used to travel by train, so they decided in favor of the plane where the procedure was familiar to him. Usually it wouldn't have been my responsibility anyway, but as there is currently a shortage of staff I had to join the group.
Wasn't much of a sacrifice :-)
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25. GardenGrrl
5:43 PM GMT on February 04, 2017
Guess things are the same the world over for travel....except you all have the train option. Seems they should have wheelchair ramps and berths. Then again, knowing who you are traveling with and their needs one has to pick the best option.
The one interesting thing here in Texas at least, handicap parking spots are almost sacred. People will chase down and quarrel at people who don't have a handicap sticker that park in them...Then again I think for the argumentative, nothing is better than having a socially acceptable reason to berate another person publicly.
Movie theaters are the same. There is a wheel chair section and nobody sits there no matter how crowded without a wheel chair or accompanying someone in a wheelchair. Have never actually seen them used though.
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24. barbamz
11:06 AM GMT on February 04, 2017

Traffic light tower in 1924 (source wiki, see below).

BTW, what I wanted to add to my little gallery from Berlin (but WU won't let me edit that comment once again): Take notice of the copy of the historic traffic light tower in the mid of Potsdamer Platz as it was one of the first in Europe (here is an English article on that matter with a historic photo).

The article in Wikipedia on that Potsdam square is worth looking as well - as it shows the vast destruction by bombs in WWII and afterwards the huge space of "nothing" at this location between the eastern and the western part of the city, divided by the wall.
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23. barbamz
10:51 AM GMT on February 04, 2017
Hi, GG, thanks, and you're right. We were considering going by car, but a drive of at least 5 hours during a wintry week on heavily congested German highways can be quite stressful. Best thing indeed, especially in respect to environment, would have been to go by a speedy train (Intercity Express). But as the elderly senior I had to accompagny is physically impaired we found out that it was too complicated to get him into that train in the first place. So we took advantage of adjacent Frankfurt Airport. Airport personal had been very helpful with wheel chairs and the like, and check-in was very quick in this special case (while still very thorough).

And concerning Berlin: as long as the opening of the new international airport in Berlin is delayed for yet at least another year (making German engineering a laughing-stock for the world!), you'll still have to use that relatively tiny Tegel Airport where walking distances are very short (Wikipedia: "Tegel Airport is notable for its hexagonal main terminal building around an open square, which makes walking distances as short as 30 m (98 ft) from the aircraft to the terminal exit."), and the drive to the center of the city won't take long.
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22. GardenGrrl
2:45 AM GMT on February 04, 2017
Hi Barb, thanks for bringing us along to Berlin. Am rather surprised you all took a plane instead of a train. Here, the whole airport security thing is so cumbersome, for short hops it is sometimes easier to just drive.
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21. barbamz
9:45 PM GMT on February 03, 2017
Here come some pics from my short travel to Berlin. I had to accompagny a senior to a conference, so there was no time for sightseeing (I did this earlier in the last decades - but Berlin is still changing so much). Moreover, grey days in early Februar with some melting dirty snow on the ground won't provide the best conditions to look at any northern city. Anyway, here are some impressions from the flight, the drive from the airport to the center of the vast city (inhabitants 3,5 millions) and a short morning stroll before we went back. Click the pics to enlarge them.


This is still near Frankfurt, showing Main river. In the background on the upper right side the place where I took the icy pics in the blog entry ten days ago. In the foreground Germany is buring some coal in order to enhance climate change ;-)


Flights there and back were interesting from a meteorological point of view due to a number of different air layers. Fortunately the current western European storms didn't reach out to central and eastern Germany, so the flights were calm.


Approaching Tegel Airport in the north of Berlin. Berlin has got a lot of rivers (Havel and Spree), channels and lakes in its environment. This is Lake Tegel, fed by Havel river and still covered with quite a lot of ice.


Still Lake Tegel.


Glimpse of Angela's official residence, the "Bundeskanzleramt" (finished in 2001), also known as the "washing machine" due to obvious reasons, lol. (Berliners are known for their disrespectful dubbing of honorable buildings :-)
No chance to spot chancelor Merkel as she was out on a visit of "Sultan" Erdogan and then to Malta to meet her European colleagues.


On the opposite side our parliament, the "Reichstag".


Hunch of Brandenburg Tor as we drove by its rear side.


The important and thriving square "Potsdamer Platz".


You need the vertical to catch the highrises at Potsdamer Platz. In front a group of English speaking tourists is gathering.


I'd love to take you inside the stunning mall of Potsdamer Platz, but unfortunately there was no time during this overly short visit.


A bus is waiting for tourists with more time. The pagoda from 2015 is a contribution from the Korean community in Berlin as a reminder that their homeland is still divided while splitted Germany (and Berlin) got reunificated in 1990 (Berlin's wall once was near that place).


Where to get something to eat? Maybe at this "Wurst Bar", lol? No, it's still closed. (Mind, even in the modern center of Berlin you'll see a lot of very down-to-earth accomodations).


Or maybe a cheap "business lunch"? --- But wait, what's that building in the background?


These are the sad ruins of once renowned station "Anhalter Bahnhof", destroyed in WWII.


In the vicinity another reminder of the ugly past: the huge Anhalter Bunker, built to protect railway passengers and residents from the bombs of WWII. Today it's the place of Berlin Story Museum which I haven't visited yet.


Glad we didn't have to take shelter in this ugly bunker! Opposite of it there was much nicer place for a night, this Swiss hotel in the building of a former residence of Siemens company!


The restaurant in the courtyard.


And a posh bar which might be a nice place to finish the evening ...


... after visiting Berlin's concert hall, the Philharmonie? It was built until 1963. I never had the chance to listen to a concert in there, though.


At last, after all this grey weather, some minutes of bright sunshine above the clouds on the way back to Frankfurt. There was even a sundog in the clouds beneath!
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20. barbamz
8:20 PM GMT on February 03, 2017
Thanks, Brian, really beautiful. The original treasure was found in the tomb of Childerich in Belgium. Our archeological museum in Mainz managed it to make copies of the treasure which was stolen in the 19th century from Paris, according to drawings of the lost jewels.

Sandi, my mother's Christian name is Doris, lol, and yes, she has to use a walking stick as her bones and ankles are very bad, the poor one. --- BTW, Doris is the name of a sea nymph in ancient Greek mythology :-)
Hope storm "Doris" didn't bother you too much! As I was away in Berlin I'm not quite up to date with European weather.
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19. sandiquiz
1:46 PM GMT on February 02, 2017
Doris is coming!!

With a name like that it sounds like an old granny, shambling down the street with her brolly in one hand and her walking stick in the other!

Beware - she could bring 80 mph winds!!
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18. BaltimoreBrian
12:55 AM GMT on February 02, 2017
Replicas of the lost (melted down) 5th century AD treasure of Childeric at Mainz

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17. barbamz
10:00 PM GMT on February 01, 2017

Surface map for tomorrow.

Violent storms set to lash Brittany and Normandy
The Local (France), 1 February 2017
National weather agency Météo France has issued a warning bulletin as violent storms are set to batter Brittany and Normandy in north western France towards the end of the week. ...

I'll be on a little job travel to Berlin the next days, unfortunately with no time to take pictures of the city. So long, stay well, everybody!
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16. barbamz
4:04 PM GMT on January 31, 2017
'The world's doors were closed': Jared Kushner's grandma on refugee life
Grandmother of Trump's son-in-law gave interview criticising America's refusal to accept Jews fleeing Holocaust
The Guardian, Peter Beaumont in Jerusalem, Tuesday 31 January 2017 11.48 GMT
Rae Kushner was one of the only members of her family to survive the second world war. She talks about the difficulties she faced as a Nazi-era Jewish refugee and criticises the US - beset by an anti-immigrant sentiment at the time - for its reluctance to take people in. ...

When I was a student of German Literature many years ago there was a term which was dedicated to studies of novels of emigrants during Nazi time. I was very embarrassed back then to learn who difficult or even impossible it has been for many to escape due to visa restrictions, closed borders and the like, sigh. Still, gratefulness to those who helped nevertheless!
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15. barbamz
6:38 PM GMT on January 30, 2017


For the muslim victims in Quebec/Canada.
May they rest in peace.
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14. barbamz
4:44 PM GMT on January 30, 2017
Aloa, Mike! Thank you! Frost has finally lost its grip on Germany last night :-)

I hope everything is as well as possible under the current circumstances. The news isn't encouraging though. I hope the article below about Turkey and US is wrong :-(

If you want to see America's future, look at Turkey
The Guardian, Liz Cookman, Jan 30
From attitudes towards women to the media, they%u2019re worryingly similar: Turkey%u2019s spiral into authoritarianism is a warning about what could happen if Trump has his way ...

Green party demands travel ban for Trump to Germany
DPA/The Local, news@thelocal.de, 30 January 2017
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13. clearlakemike
10:23 PM GMT on January 29, 2017


Aloha Barb from Kailua Village

Beautiful photos from icy Germany!!
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12. barbamz
10:31 AM GMT on January 28, 2017
After another very cold night in Germany temps should get milder now. I won't object! And I hope nature will get some more rain the weeks to come as the stubborn high breaks down.

Germany's winter is over, for now, says expert
The Local (Germany) 27 January 2017

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Something to grin:

The Local: Germany's train service just trolled Trump super hard

The Guardian: The web's funniest responses to Trump's grim first week

This video with the response from the Netherlands is especially funny (starting at 0:40):

The Netherlands welcomes Trump in his own words
The whole world was watching for the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States: Donald J. Trump. Because we realize it's better for us to get along, we decided to introduce our tiny country to him. In a way that will probably appeal to him the most.
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11. barbamz
10:25 AM GMT on January 28, 2017
Huh, Brian, I don't even have to cross the Rhine to meet those French hamsters as I already live on the "French" side ... I just have read the article in "The Guardian" before visiting my own blog and I pondered to post it on "Cat 6", but then I decided otherwise in order not to spoil breakfast for our WU-mates.

But first of all: poor hamsters! We really have to change the way we do agriculture ASAP. This may be one of the benefits of the current anti-globalization-movement if it comes along with deindustrialization of growing food.

Meet the German movement to transform agriculture
An estimated 18,000 people recently took to the streets in Berlin to show support for small-scale farmers and wholesome food. Why are food politics so big in Germany?
DW, 27.01.2017
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10. BaltimoreBrian
3:01 AM GMT on January 28, 2017
Don't cross the Rhine this year Barbara!

Because if you do...

They're coming to get you Barbara
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9. barbamz
1:53 PM GMT on January 27, 2017
Frankfurt prepares for Brexit bankers: 'Maybe our city will change them'
'Boring' Frankfurt is set to attract financial businesses from London with its accessibility, low property costs and family-friendly facilities. "Maybe these play hard, work hard people will start to enjoy the slower pace," hopes one resident
The Guardian, Kate Connolly in Frankfurt, Friday 27 January 2017 07.15 GMT


Photograph: Matt Mawson/Getty Images

I really should do a photo blog of nearby Frankfurt this year (as the task of doing Wiesbaden was checked off the list last year) ...
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8. barbamz
5:37 PM GMT on January 26, 2017
This is going to get interesting later this year ...
Can 'man of the people' Martin Schulz oust Angela Merkel?
Former president of European parliament offers hope to Germany’s ailing SPD, but has his work cut out against current chancellor
The Guardian, Kate Connolly in Berlin, Thursday 26 January 2017 17.03 GMT
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7. BaltimoreBrian
4:41 AM GMT on January 26, 2017
European Environment Agency: Climate Change Poses Increasingly Severe Risks
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6. barbamz
10:16 PM GMT on January 25, 2017
Thanks for your nice comments, GG, Sandi, Shirley and Brian! Hope Shirley will get rid of those annoying mockingbirds soon!

Some news from our current icy blocking high over Central/Western Europe (mind, we got this weather pattern for the second time this winter). Hope it will break down soon, especially as it is now creating just fog and smog in our plains ...

On track for the coldest January in 30 years as arctic ice melt slows jet stream
25/01/2017 By Le News
So far in January temperatures in Switzerland have been below zero for ten days and there is ice floating on Lake Constance. According to SRF Meteo, January hasn't been this cold for 30 years. ...
The recent cold spell could be part of climate change. As higher global temperatures melt ice in the arctic, the temperature differential between cold arctic air and warmer southern air is declining. This impacts on the jet stream, an air current flowing in an easterly direction across Europe. Experts at SRF Meteo think this change might have weakened the jet stream, slowing the movement of the current cold weather system. ...


Detailed synoptic discussion with a lot of maps:
Synoptic guidance - When will the block break down?
Netweather, Published on 24th January 2017 18:29


Current jet stream pattern. From the article above.


Current airmasses.


Ice on Danube River in Bavaria two days ago.
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5. BaltimoreBrian
12:43 AM GMT on January 25, 2017
Someone's lost delight: a silver-gilt deer happily calls to a follower c. 300 AD on a Roman disc brooch found in Tangendorf, Germany

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4. WeatherWise
10:29 PM GMT on January 24, 2017
Beautiful Blog, Barb. Love your photos and can just imagine your moments of joy as you reminisce near your parents' home. Thanks for sharing. Takes quite a bit of cold weather for a few days to get ponds, rivers, creeks, etc. frozne over like that. Gives me an idea of and explanation to times long ago that I heard my mother speak of. She would talk about a time the river was frozen over and her papa taking them across the river with horse and sleigh. I bet that was just the condition - water level low so was easier to freeze over. I always wondered about that as it never froze over in my lifetime. Of course, that could be another sign of global warming, too. Just thoughts rolling through my mind.

I have a bad pair of mockingbirds in my yard that are refusing to let any birds go to the feeder. If they go, the two of them fly-bomb them. So quite frustrating for me. I took all feeders down today, emptied food, washed feeders, and put fresh food in each. I was hoping that would encourgage the birds to come on anyway despiite the terrible mockingbirds. Hard to turn down fresh food. The minute I hung them and got back in the house they came but so did the mockingbirds chasing them away. What to do.
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3. sandiquiz
5:40 PM GMT on January 24, 2017
Wow - I love those sun burst photos... and that sunset as you drove home is outstanding!!

I saw you comment in my blog - MK is a very technical city - many companies have their head quarters here and by train the centre of London is only 35 minutes away so lots of commuters live here... hence it has grown so quickly.
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2. GardenGrrl
10:56 AM GMT on January 24, 2017
Good Morning. Those are some pretty pictures. Hope your drought breaks gently and the river and lakes fill.
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