Lightning gallery: Adriatic sea, 16-19 September 2016 – continued

Lightning gallery (16-19 September 2016, Adriatic sea) continued!

Big positive lightning bolt over the Adriatic sea as seen from Frigole, Puglia, S Italy on September 18! Photo: Gabriele Bevilacqua Photography via Meteopuglia

Spectacular lightning over Brač Island, Croatia as seen from Split on September 18! Photo: Jelena Bakotin via Crometeo

Lightning strike over Marjan, Croatia on September 18! Photo: Željana Vinčić via Crometeo

Lightning over Split, Croatia on September 18! Photo: Ante Barbir via Crometeo

Crawlers over Rijeka, Croatia on September 18! Photo: Damir Kvajo via Crometeo

More lightning over Split on September 18! Photo: World through my eyes – by Karlo Repac Photography

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Weather Outlook for Europe: September 19 – 29, 2016

Weather outlook for Europe for the next 10 days: gradual pattern change. Late summer returns in southwestern Europe. Unsettled and cool in other areas.

The strong omega block over the northern half of Europe will persist until about September 25, with cyclones centered over north Atlantic and NW Europe, with a ridge extending across W-CNTRL Europe high into Scandinavia. The large cutoff low over CNTRL Mediterranean – Balkans gradually weakens and a ridge slowly establishes over the Iberian peninsula and France.

9-day GFS outlook panel. Map: Wetterzentrale.de.

Central Europe (Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, BeNeLux): weather remains cool and unsettled. Daytime highs up to 18-21 °C persist over N Germany over the next three days with night lows going all the way down to 0 °C in the extreme south. A front passes on Thursday & Friday (Sept 22-23). Only marginal instability is expected, in the 100-400 J/kg MLCAPE range, so expect some lightning and thunder, but mostly rain showers. Another front passes on Sunday-Monday (Sept 25-26). Afterwards a cutoff low establishes over Denmark/N Germany, bringing more rain and unstable weather with temperatures in the 5 – 19 °C range.

Mediterranean: the western part of the Mediterranean (Balearic Islands, Corsica, Sardinia) sees the weather stabilizing, with daytime highs gradually climbing from 20-22 °C on September 19 towards 27-28 °C by September 26. Clear skies with occasional high clouds there.

Eastern Mediterranean and southeastern Europe (Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Albania, FYR Macedonia, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria): the large area of low pressure with multiple embeded lows slowly expands and weakens during the period. Widespread showers and thunderstorms in the region over the next 3-4 days, daytime highs around 25 °C close to the coast of the Mediterranean (including the Adtiatic, Ionian and Aegean sea). A strong cold front advances over the Alps into the Balkans on September 24-25. Limited instability available ahead of the front, limited thunderstorm potential. The front advances towards the SE Balkans and gradually weakens. The exact pattern is currently still fairly uncertain, we will be posting updates as it evolves.

Eastern Europe (Poland, Belarus, Baltic States, Ukraine, W Russia, Moldova): cooler weather will persist over the entire region as a cutoff low establishes there. Rain showers and thunderstorms will occur over most of the region, particularly towards the end of the period. Daytime highs in the 15-20 °C range over the entire region.

Scandinavia: the strong ridge over Scandinavia brings stable and relatively warm weather with daytime highs in the 14-17 °C range over the entire region during the first several days. The weather destabilizes gradually after September 24, with daytime highs dropping towards 6-8 °C and widespread and fairly intense rainfall.

ECMFW model guidance for Wednesday, September 28. Map: MNW.

Western Europe (Portugal, Spain, France): a strong ridge gradually establishes over the Iberian peninsula and extends into France. Warm late summer weather for the entire region, daytime highs increase from 28 °C to 33 °C in SE Spain and 20 °C to 27 °C in central France. Enjoy the late summer!

British Isles and Ireland: mostly cool and unsettled weather, cloudy with some rain showers, in particular during the second half of the period (Sept 23-28). Daytime highs up to 20 °C in the southern half of the Isles, but only up to 15 °C further north in Scotland and Ireland.

We will be monitoring the weather patterns and individual systems on a daily basis. Stay tuned for updates!

Cold front and cutoff low brings first significant snowfall of the season in the Alps

The cold front passage brought first significant snowfall to higher elevations in the Alps in France and Italy with snow reported down to 1500 m at some locations. We have gathered views and photos of the event – enjoy!

Fresh snow on Monviso, Alps, N Italy on the morning of September 17. Photo: Rifugio Quintino Sella al Monviso.


More photos of fresh snow on Monviso, Alps, N Italy on the morning of September 17. Photo: Rifugio Quintino Sella al Monviso.

Fresh snow at rifugio Contrin sulla Marmolada, Dolomites (2016 m) on September 17. Photo: Serenissima Meteo.

Fresh snow at Rfugio Lagazuoi, Dolomiti, Italy (2752 m asl) on the morning of September 17. Photo: La meteo

Winter scene in Saint-Véran, Hautes-Alpes (05), France at 2000 m altitude September 17 evening. Photo: Météo Express

Other news today:

Cutoff low brings thunderstorms, heavy rainfall and numerous waterspouts to Italy, Slovenia and Croatia

A large and complex cutoff cyclone formed over the northern & central Mediterranean after frontal passage on September 16. The system has been causing locally intense rainfall across Italy, western Slovenia and particularly northwestern Croatia (Istra peninsula and Kvarner). Flooding has been reported from many locations. Also, numerous waterspouts have been reported from the coasts of the Adriatic, Ligurian and Tyyrhenian seas over the past two days. Photographers also captured many impressive photos of lightning! Check out the gallery below!

Flooding in Poreč, Istra (NW Croatia) in the afternoon of September 17 after an intense thunderstorm.

Waterspout just off the coast of the Gulf of Trieste, N Adriatic near Barcola, Trieste (NW Italy) on the morning of September 17.


Additional views of the Barcola waterspout. Photo: Il Piccolo.

Two waterspouts over the N Adriatic sea near Savudrija, Istra (NW Croatia) as seen from Bernardin, Slovenia on the morning of September 18. At least 4 waterspouts were reported here.

Nearby view from Savudrija, Istra. Photo: Giulia Braico.

Waterspout near Savudrija, Istra, NW Croatia this morning. Video: Istramet.

Waterspout near Sveta Nedilja, Hvar Island, Croatia in the afternoon of September 18. Video: Mali Marin via Crometeo.

Three waterspouts were reported near Cape Kamenjak, Istra, NW Croatia on the morning of September 17. Photo: Elvis Malagic.

CG lightning & a waterspout off Lošinj Island, Croatia on September 17 by Sandro Puncet Photos.

Twin waterspouts near Capriglia, Tuscany on September 17, 19:25 local. Photo: Marco Trivellato.

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Spectacular lightning over the Adriatic, Ligurian and Tyyrhenian seas – September 16-18, 2016

A large and complex cutoff cyclone formed over the northern & central Mediterranean after frontal passage on September 16. The system has been causing locally intense rainfall across Italy, western Slovenia and particularly northwestern Croatia (Istra peninsula and Kvarner). Flooding has been reported from many locations. Also, numerous waterspouts have been reported from the coasts of the Adriatic, Ligurian and Tyyrhenian seas over the past two days. Photographers also captured many impressive photos of lightning! Check out the gallery below!

Lightning barrage composite over Zadar, Croatia on September 18! Photo: Ivan Toman via Crometeo

Lightning over Zadar, W Croatia on September 17/18. Photo: Aleksandar Gospić Photography

Lightning barrage over the Adriatic sea near Zadar, W Croatia last September 17/18. Photo: Boris Kačan Photography

Lightning over Cres, NW Croatia on September 17/18. Photo: Sandro Puncet Photos

Lightning over Pula, Istra, NW Croatia on night of September 17/18, captured by Željko Vidinović / Crometeo.

More great lightning over Zadar, W Croatia on the night of September 17/18, captured by Ivan Toman / Crometeo.

Lightning over Lošinj, NW Croatia on September 16/17. Photo: Sandro Puncet Photos.

Spectacular very close CG lightning on Kamen, near Split, Croatia on September 18. Photo: Marijan Juričević via Crometeo.

Nearby CG lightning strike – note the upward streamers next to the bolt! Ligurian sea near Genoa, Italy on September 15, photo by Suarez Photo.

Sprites above the MCS over the N Adriatic on the night of September 17/18, captured by Martin Popek.

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