As 2017 gets underway, we look back at the most remarkable severe weather events in Europe in 2016. The past year was certainly highlighted by some very remarkable events. The following are the events that in our opinion were the most remarkable either in their severity, rarity, their attractiveness for storm chasers or the social media discussions, chatter and impact they generated. Enjoy our list, and if you wish to add severe weather events by your choice, do join us in the discussion on our Facebook page! We would love to hear your opinion.

Let’s start!

[nextpage] 10. Upward lightning over Istanbul, Turkey on December 2, 2016

In No.10 spot is the spectacular upward lightning video, made in Istanbul, Turley on December 2, 2016. Upward lightning usually occurrs when there is a close positive CG (Cloud-to-Ground lightning bolt). You can see in the video a big lightning flash in the left part of the field of view, likely the positive CG lightning bolt, which induces the spectacular upward lightning. Tesla approves.

[/nextpage] [nextpage] 9. August 15, 2016 Maribor, Slovenia severe hailstorm
Sometimes the most unremarkable and marginal severe weather setups generate some of the most severe events or some of the most beautiful thunderstorms we ever see. Such was the August 15, 2016 Maribor, Slovenia severe supercell. Marginal setup with high instability and very moderate shear – resulting in a spectacularly structured supercell and a hailstorm that produced hail up to 9-10 cm in diameter (that’s 4” or baseball size for you guys over across the Pond). This was some of the largest recorded hail in Europe in storm season 2016. OK, we may be a bit partial here, because we chased this storm.

[/nextpage] [nextpage] 8. July 11, 2016 Vilnius, Lithuania storm

[nextpage] 7. July 13, 2016 Csókakő, Hungary classic supercell
Hungary just might be the new Texas, at least as far as storm structure is concerned. This supercell is one of the best we have seen in a while. Check out this video by Krisztian Kiszely. Note the mid-level spiral structure, indicating spectacular storm-relative helicity. Low-level shear and helicity was more marginal, as evidenced by the wall cloud and base structure.

[/nextpage] [nextpage] 6. June 20, 2016 Lugosch, Romania LP supercell
For this storm we had a hard time grasping it is from Europe! What beautiful structure! The footage by German storm chaser Tobias Hämmer of this night time thunderstorms shows spectacular striated, stacked plates updraft and impressve low-level structure! Note: the time lapse contains lots stroboscopic flashing in the video, view at your own discretion.

[/nextpage] [nextpage] 5.July 13, Talchyn, Russia very large hail

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[/nextpage] [nextpage] 3. June 20, 2016 Pančevo, Serbia tornado
Nekej napisat o tornadu … (path, škoda, itd).

The entire severe thunderstorm outbreak encompassed a large area, including north Serbia, southeast Croatia, west Romania and southwest Hungary. A number of supercells formed, including our No.6 selection, the Lugosch, Romania LP supercell. Several formed very distinct hook echoes, … (poglej če je bil še kak tornado) and large to very large hail.

These storms also produced large, damaging hail and severe straight line winds.

The tornadic supercell that produced the Pančevo tornado was the first in a series of supercells over a relatively small area, virtually a small regional outbreak. Romanian national weather service radar indicated several supercells developed hook echoes, whith the Pančevo tornadic supercell producing the most pronounced signature.

[/nextpage] [nextpage] 2. June 21, 2016 Timisoara, Romania severe hailstorm

[/nextpage] [nextpage] 1. November 6, 2016 Cessano (Rome), Italy tornado