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Frozen Turkey, snow havoc in southeast Europe

Posted: January 25, 2022 by oldbrew in Natural VariationNewsweather

‘Climate crisis’ latest: too much snow and severe cold at night in parts of the Mediterranean region.
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Europe’s busiest airport shut down in Istanbul on Monday while schools and vaccination centres closed in Athens as a rare snowstorm blanketed swathes of the eastern Mediterranean, causing blackouts and traffic havoc, reports Phys.org.

The closure of Istanbul Airport — where the roof of one of the cargo terminals collapsed under heavy snow, causing no injuries — grounded flights stretching from the Middle East and Africa to Europe and Asia.

Travel officials told AFP it marked the glass-and-steel structure’s first shutdown since it replaced Istanbul’s old Ataturk Airport as the new hub for Turkish Airlines in 2019.

The winter’s first snow created a fun atmosphere across the squares of Istanbul’s ancient mosques, where children built snowmen and tourists posed for selfies.

But it proved a major headache for the 16 million residents of Turkey’s largest city, where cars ploughed into each other skidding down steep, sleet-covered streets and highways turned into parking lots.

The Istanbul governor’s office warned drivers they would not be able to enter the city from Thrace—a region stretching across the European part of Turkey to its western border with Bulgaria and Greece.

Shopping malls closed early, food delivery services shut down and the city’s iconic “simit” bagel stalls stood empty because suppliers could not get through the snow.

The storm blocked roads across central and southeastern Turkey before crossing into neighbouring Syria, where it piled more misery on the war-scarred country’s northern refugee camps.

Istanbul Airport serviced more than 37 million passengers last year, becoming one of the world’s most important air hubs.
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‘Everything is frozen’

Most of Turkey’s main institutions stayed open.

But in Greece, where overnight temperatures plummeted to -14 degrees Celsius (6.8 degrees Fahrenheit), the storm suspended a session of parliament and forced schools and vaccination centres to close in Athens.

Hundreds of motorists were trapped in cars around the capital—many of them venting their anger on TV stations—despite attempts by police to seal off motorway entry points to the north of the city.

“My wife has had nothing to eat since morning. We had a small bottle of water between us,” one driver who identified himself only as Christos told private Star TV.

“Everything is frozen stiff.”

The army, firefighters and police began work to free the stranded motorists in the early evening.

Greece’s climate crisis and civil protection minister Christos Stylianides apologised for the chaos and blamed the company managing the motorway for not keeping it open.

Full article here.

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  1. watersider says:January 25, 2022 at 5:00 pmwhen will we see the end of snow?
  2. Frozen Turkey, snow havoc in southeast Europe – Climate- Science.press says:January 25, 2022 at 5:26 pm[…] Frozen Turkey, snow havoc in southeast Europe […]
  3. oldbrew says:January 25, 2022 at 6:51 pmJANUARY 24, 2022
    Severe weather brings snow to Athens, Greek islandsThe snow was coming down thick and fast in central Athens, settling on the marble columns of the ancient Acropolis. Authorities sent out emergency alerts to cell phones in the wider Athens area on Monday morning warning of severe snowfall over the next few hours and calling on people to avoid any unnecessary movement. Snow chains were mandatory for cars in parts of the northern fringes of the capital, and trucks were banned from circulation.
    . . .
    In neighboring Albania to the north, all elementary and high schools closed for three days this week because of cold weather. Authorities advised people to avoid driving as freezing temperatures hit across the country.
    Temperatures reached -17 C (about 1 F) in eastern Albania, isolating some areas and causing problems to the electricity and water supply. Many rural roads have been blocked.https://phys.org/news/2022-01-severe-weather-athens-greek-islands.html
  4. oldbrew says:January 25, 2022 at 7:04 pmSnowpocalypse hits the Acropolis: Snowstorm leaves thousands of motorists stuck in their cars for 24 HOURS in Greece – while stranded tourists protest at Istanbul airport as Turkey is also hit
    25 January 2022Snap blizzard buries much of Greece and Turkey in thick layers of snow, spelling traffic chaos for second day
    Turkey’s Istanbul airport suspended operations until 12pm GMT as heavy machinery cleared the runways
    More than 31ins of snow fell in some areas, as some of ancient Acropolis in Greece was pictured submerged
    Thousands of motorists were left stranded in sub-freezing conditions overnight in both Turkey and Greece
    Rescue crews and soldiers drafted in to provide essential supplies to motorists who refused to leave cars
    Drivers ordered to remove their vehicles in Istanbul, as further flurry of snow expected throughout Tuesdayhttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10438699/Greek-motorists-stranded-Istanbul-airport-closes-blizzard-hits-east-Mediterranean-countries.html
  5. Curious George says:January 25, 2022 at 7:40 pmThey were prepared for global warming, not for a snowstorm.
  6. chickenhawk says:January 25, 2022 at 11:13 pmchildren just won’t know it is
  7. ivan says:January 26, 2022 at 8:35 amWhile this shows the total insanity of the climate, so called, scientists for relying on computer models to do their ‘research’, there is a bright side for the UK in it. With the snow closing the Greek border there are going to be less boat people arriving so less of a drain on the British tax paying public.
  8. oldbrew says:January 26, 2022 at 9:00 amThe massive high pressure system sitting over Western Europe including the UK has diverted some of its usual winter weather elsewhere.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=rogtallbloke&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1486041095360364551&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Ftallbloke.wordpress.com%2F2022%2F01%2F25%2Ffrozen-turkey-snow-havoc-in-southeast-europe%2F&sessionId=b48dd842f73c4dc2663bfa06851801e1cc2f8ba1&siteScreenName=rogtallbloke&theme=light&widgetsVersion=75b3351%3A1642573356397&width=550pxMajor snowstorm hits Greece and Turkey causing travel chaosAthens is set to compensate drivers stuck overnight in their cars due to the extreme weather
    25 January 2022Greek drivers who were trapped in their cars as a result of heavy snow are to be offered €2,000 each in compensation as extreme weather caused chaos in Greece and Turkey.Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Greek prime minister, contacted the highways authority and ordered the money to be made available as a massive cold front swept across the region.https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/01/25/major-snowstorm-hits-greece-turkey-causing-travel-chaos/
  9. craigm350 says:January 26, 2022 at 2:21 pmReblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Rather impressive. Just hoping it will come our way and end the endless grey muck…https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=rogtallbloke&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-1&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1486270086218403840&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Ftallbloke.wordpress.com%2F2022%2F01%2F25%2Ffrozen-turkey-snow-havoc-in-southeast-europe%2F&sessionId=b48dd842f73c4dc2663bfa06851801e1cc2f8ba1&siteScreenName=rogtallbloke&theme=light&widgetsVersion=75b3351%3A1642573356397&width=550pxhttps://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=rogtallbloke&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-2&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1485728103213289475&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Ftallbloke.wordpress.com%2F2022%2F01%2F25%2Ffrozen-turkey-snow-havoc-in-southeast-europe%2F&sessionId=b48dd842f73c4dc2663bfa06851801e1cc2f8ba1&siteScreenName=rogtallbloke&theme=light&widgetsVersion=75b3351%3A1642573356397&width=550pxhttps://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=rogtallbloke&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-3&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1485902359033229314&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Ftallbloke.wordpress.com%2F2022%2F01%2F25%2Ffrozen-turkey-snow-havoc-in-southeast-europe%2F&sessionId=b48dd842f73c4dc2663bfa06851801e1cc2f8ba1&siteScreenName=rogtallbloke&theme=light&widgetsVersion=75b3351%3A1642573356397&width=550px
  10. oldbrew says:January 26, 2022 at 3:48 pmEven the Guardian (slogan: ‘climate heating’) conceded the snowstorm was unusual, or at least copied an AFP report saying that…Snowstorm blankets eastern Mediterranean closing airports, schools and vaccination centres
    Tue 25 Jan 2022A cold snap with sub-zero temperatures and gale-force winds last hit Athens in February 2021, killing four people on the islands of Evia and Crete and leaving tens of thousands of households without electricity for days.Kostas Lagouvardos, research director at the National Observatory of Athens, told ANT1 TV that the capital had not seen back-to-back winters like this since 1968. [bold added]https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/25/snowstorm-blankets-eastern-mediterranean-closing-airports-schools-and-vaccination-centres

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