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.
08 December 2020
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.
Lightning injures dozens at German rock festival, as flooding sweeps Europe (Deutsche Welle)
Europe floods: Storms and heavy rain batter continent (BBC News)
Rare Twin Tornadoes Caught on Film in Germany (Wall Street Journal)
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