A stormy time for Europe

A stormy time for Europe

27 May 2016 15:00 UTC–8 June 15:00 UTC

A stormy time for Europe
A stormy time for Europe

The end of May and the beginning of June saw a particularly stormy period over Europe, with numerous reports of severe thunderstorms, flash flooding, hail and tornadoes.

Last Updated

08 December 2020

Published on

27 May 2016

by Ian Mills (EUMETSAT)

It was reported that at least 18 people died in Europe as heavy rain caused flooding across the continent. Lightning strikes caused damage in several countries and a number of tornadoes were spotted.

In Paris the River Seine rose to a peak height of 6.10 m, leading to the closure of metro stations and the Louvre and Orsay museums. In Germany, severe storms over Hamburg ripped off roofs, left cellars flooded and uprooted at least 50 big trees and twin tornadoes were seen in in Schleswig-Holstein (Credit: YouTube/Lemduwak, Credit: Jörg Liesegang)

A few days later torrential rainfall in Birmingham and in a London suburb left people trapped in their cars.

The animation is the Meteosat-10 Natural Colour RGB 27 May 00:00 UTC–30 May 00:00 UTC showing the thunderstorms that struck central Europe over that weekend.

 

The gallery below shows a daily snapshot at 15:00 UTC each day of the Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB from 27 May to 8 June 2016.

The light yellow colour shows the active cold cumulonimbus tops which are indicative of the location of rapidly developing thunderstorms.

27–31 May

On 27 May most of the storms were over the east of the area, with an arc of isolated storms stretching from France to Hungary. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 27 May 15:00 UTC.
Figure 1: On 27 May most of the storms were over the east of the area, with an arc of isolated storms stretching from France to Hungary. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 27 May 15:00 UTC.
On 28 May there was much more storm activity with the arc of large storms reaching from Spain, through Western Europe and on towards Poland. There were also storms to the east and over the Mediterranean. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 28 May 15:00 UTC
Figure 2: On 28 May there was much more storm activity with the arc of large storms reaching from Spain, through Western Europe and on towards Poland. There were also storms to the east and over the Mediterranean. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 28 May 15:00 UTC
The 29th saw some storms mainly over Germany and Poland. Although only a few, these were large, severe storms. Big storms continued in the east. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 29 May 15:00 UTC
Figure 3: The 29th saw some storms mainly over Germany and Poland. Although only a few, these were large, severe storms. Big storms continued in the east. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 29 May 15:00 UTC
On 30 May a trough caused an arc of storms over central Europe, stretching from the Netherlands to Bulgaria. Storms continued in the east. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 30 May 15:00 UTC
Figure 4: On 30 May a trough caused an arc of storms over central Europe, stretching from the Netherlands to Bulgaria. Storms continued in the east. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 30 May 15:00 UTC
On the 31st the trough swung towards the northeast with a circulation over Poland. Turkey experienced some severe storms. Convection developed near the coasts of Algeria and Tunisia. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 31 May 15:00 UTC
Figure 5: On the 31st the trough swung towards the northeast with a circulation over Poland. Turkey experienced some severe storms. Convection developed near the coasts of Algeria and Tunisia. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 31 May 15:00 UTC

1–8 June

On the Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB imagery from 15:00 UTC on 1 June you can see there were some storms over central and Eastern Europe, but they were less severe than on previous days. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 01 June 15:00 UTC
Figure 6: On the Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB imagery from 15:00 UTC on 1 June you can see there were some storms over central and Eastern Europe, but they were less severe than on previous days. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 01 June 15:00 UTC
On 2 June image from 15:00 UTC there was very little storm activity. However, this was just a pause before further stormy weather arrived to again batter parts of Europe. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 02 June 15:00 UTC
Figure 7: On 2 June image from 15:00 UTC there was very little storm activity. However, this was just a pause before further stormy weather arrived to again batter parts of Europe. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 02 June 15:00 UTC
On 3 June there were small storms over Scandinavia and some associated with a trough over Russia. A big storm developed over northern Turkey and isolated storms occurred in Spain and northern Algeria. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 03 June 15:00 UTC
Figure 8: On 3 June there were small storms over Scandinavia and some associated with a trough over Russia. A big storm developed over northern Turkey and isolated storms occurred in Spain and northern Algeria. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 03 June 15:00 UTC
The 4th once again showed increasing thundery activity. Storms broke out over Spain in the west, spreading all through Europe as far as eastern Turkey. In the north a trough set off storms in an arc from Russia round to Denmark. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 04 June 15:00 UTC
Figure 9: The 4th once again showed increasing thundery activity. Storms broke out over Spain in the west, spreading all through Europe as far as eastern Turkey. In the north a trough set off storms in an arc from Russia round to Denmark. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 04 June 15:00 UTC
The image from 5 June shows a large area of big storms over central Europe. A front to the west of the UK moved east with the potential to give thundery activity as it moved over the warm land. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 05 June 15:00 UTC
Figure 10: The image from 5 June shows a large area of big storms over central Europe. A front to the west of the UK moved east with the potential to give thundery activity as it moved over the warm land. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 05 June 15:00 UTC
On 6 June there were still a large number of storms over central and Eastern Europe. As expected the front in the west moved over Ireland, Spain and France, and storms broke out along its length. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 06 June 15:00 UTC
Figure 11: On 6 June there were still a large number of storms over central and Eastern Europe. As expected the front in the west moved over Ireland, Spain and France, and storms broke out along its length. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 06 June 15:00 UTC
The 7th saw the front lying across the UK down to Italy and on to Greece and Albania. There were some large severe storms over central Europe and even the UK saw storms developing. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 07 June 15:00 UTC
Figure 12: The 7th saw the front lying across the UK down to Italy and on to Greece and Albania. There were some large severe storms over central Europe and even the UK saw storms developing. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 07 June 15:00 UTC
The final image of the sequence is for 8 June. The front was still active over Germany, down to Italy, with some large severe storms developing. A few isolated storms developed in eastern Morocco. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 08 June 15:00 UTC
Figure 13: The final image of the sequence is for 8 June. The front was still active over Germany, down to Italy, with some large severe storms developing. A few isolated storms developed in eastern Morocco. Meteosat-10 Day Microphysics RGB, 08 June 15:00 UTC

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