Geography Lesson: Did You Know How Far North Europe Really Is?

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Good morning bloggers,

Be honest now:  Did you know that Europe was so far north?  Today, we are traveling via high speed train from Geneva, Switzerland to Paris, France.  And, then Sunday, we are traveling from Paris to Venice, Italy.  I honestly never realized how far north Europe actually was located.

Rome, Italy, near the southern tip of Italy, is at the same latitude as Boston, Massachusetts.  I was in London last weekend, and as you can see London is as far north as it would be rather significantly into Canada. Today, my travel to Paris and then, Sunday’s travel all the way to Venice is almost an easy little route over a small distance across North America as you can see above. Are you surprised?

With summer approaching, the weather pattern is now being influenced by the weakening jet stream and a seasonal change.  Since I am Europe, let’s look at the European model rainfall forecast:

These two maps show a dry next five days, and then chances of thunderstorms in the next five days.

Thank you for sharing in this weather experience. We will be in Paris by the time you wake up!

Gary

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well Gary, I admit I was familiar with how far north in latitude Europe is but never really correlated it with weather. Greece’s climate and weather for example always made me think I was in Cozumel rather than Des Moines, IA. So I’m sure there’s a jet stream type of explanation for this but have have no idea. Please write a post on this sometime. Travel safe.

Andrew H
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Andrew H

Saw this on Facebook ( so you know it’s true, right ? ) but seriously it was dated today in… KAKE.. Wichita. KS dept of health says be careful. Wear long sleeves, etc and spray that DEET ! All of KS at moderate risk for West Nile virus. We don’t need any more rain !

http://www.kake.com/story/40611343/all-of-kansas-under-moderate-risk-for-west-nile-virus

Farmermike
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Farmermike

So what happened to that cooler and wetter beginning of the cycle that Gary talked about sure ain’t here in my neighborhood hate to say it a lot will disagree but I need to drink

j-ox
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j-ox

Nostrovia!

Kathy
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Kathy

I remember when following the blog that everyone talked about it “drying out”, “blowing dust”, “ground beginning to crack” and doubts about this year’s LRC, only to have heavy rains follow shortly thereafter. One of those times was in November, I think, and the other maybe in March or April? I’m not sure. But always, those times were followed by heavy rainstorms, severe weather or snow. It seems that there is a cycle where storms are around, but go to the north or south…just not as widespread and some got it, some didn’t (like this past week). Does anyone know… Read more »

Three7s
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Three7s

Basically, every even cycle has been like that, then the odd numbered cycle comes and brings torrential rains.

Snow Miser
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Snow Miser
Andrew H
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Andrew H

You’re in Chile ?

Snow Miser
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Snow Miser

That’s Argentina, not Chile.

No, but being the Snow Miser that I am I look fondly at weather forecasts down there this time of year. 😀

Jobu
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Jobu

You wont need to travel that far to get snow. 6-8″ in Montana is forecast. WWA issued.
https://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=byz&wwa=winter%20weather%20advisory

Snow Miser
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Snow Miser

Good point. Still, southern hemisphere this time of year is more reliable for snow.

Heat Mizer
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Heat Mizer

I’ll have some of what he’s having

sierravista
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sierravista

Thanks for the update, Gary! I think you both will really enjoy Venice. Hope you have more than one day there. One day in Paris is enough for anyone.

Nate
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Nate

It’s been wet but nothing like they were alluding to within the last several weeks. I mean, we haven’t made national headlines or anything. I have not heard of any major flooding in the area at all

craig
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craig

Drought? LOL.
Just wait till July and August when the dew points reach 80F because of all this moisture.
Lots of rain to come.

Urbanity
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Urbanity

It seemed we had a lull in the LRC in the first cycle after the early October rainfall, can’t quite recall for sure. I remember thinking there was a 3 week stretch of dryer weather in each cycle. Anyhow, it does look like the forecast is for the heavier rain to occur in the south and east of Kansas in the foreseeable future, especially SEC country. It’s crazy how soil can crack here in central Kansas without rain for a week. It’s that clay soil that does so, plays havoc with my yard as it still hasn’t recovered from the… Read more »

Snow Miser
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Snow Miser

Helsinki, Finland, Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo, Norway are at similar latitudes as Anchorage, Alaska.

Kansas City is about as far north as the middle of Spain. London is at a similar latitude as Calgary, Alberta.

Another interesting set of European geography facts are the sizes and populations of the countries there. Germany, population over 80 million, is a little smaller than the combined areas of Washington and Oregon, combined populations about 11.7 million.

Snow Miser
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Snow Miser

Sunrise and sunset for Stockholm:
https://www.wunderground.com/weather/se/stockholm/ISTOCKHO926
Sunrise: 3:38 AM, with twilight at 2:15AM
Sunset: 9:57 PM, with twilight at 11:19PM

21 hours of visible light. How people there get any sleep this time of year, I know not.

blue flash
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blue flash

They catch up on their sleep in the winter!

KirksvilleDave
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KirksvilleDave

I lived near St. Petersburg Russia, where they have “white nights” where the sun barely goes below the horizon & the sky is just white. You pull the curtains & get used to it. Had a chance to go to Archangelsk in summer, which is even farther north. Sun doesn’t set at all! People just pull the curtains shut & go to bed. Then again, they have 24 hours of darkness in winter … I think that would be harder to handle than 24 hours of daylight!

Snow Miser
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Snow Miser

That would drive me crazy. One reason I moved away from Seattle is because in June and July, it doesn’t get dark until around 10. Even here at around 9:30 tests my limit. I think I’m particularly sensitive to that sort of thing, trying to get decent sleep in the summer is a challenge. In my current place I sleep in this room in my basement a lot in the summer, which has a small window that I can easily cover up almost entirely, so that helps. Long nights in the winter don’t bother me. I always sleep a lot… Read more »

KirksvilleDave
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KirksvilleDave

It is weird to wake up at 4am there & the sun is shining & it feels like it’s later than it is & go back to sleep. On the other hand, it’s weird when the sun rises at 10:30 am & sets at 3:30 pm. Can’t imagine 24 hours of darkness…

Johnny
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Johnny

Here comes the drought

f00dl3
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f00dl3

Global Warming is making us have all these extremes. Or so they say.

f00dl3
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f00dl3

1″ over 10 days is not much at all this time of year. Really, even 3″ isn’t much over 10 days.

Three7s
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Three7s

Interesting how Gary isn’t even commenting on how this pattern has completely dried up despite predictions of it being a very wet June. Could it still be wet? Sure, but I can almost guarantee you that he didn’t think we’d go a week and not even get an inch of rain. Some areas, even less than that. This is almost exactly the way April turned out, despite rainfall amounts being “average” due to one big rain. Odd/even cycle strikes again.

Urbanity
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Urbanity

Gary is busy with his international demo so it stands too reason he has not spent the time to analyze or discuss the local current weather pattern link to the LRC. Penner said the whole summer will be active, I assume Gary believes the same thing. NAO, and AO still progged to go a little deeper into negative territory after the 10th, would think that would give us our next best chance at meaningful precip.

f00dl3
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f00dl3

Watch us get like a 10″ rainfall the last week of June and Gary will say the LRC said this would happen all along and he’s the most accurate.

Frankie
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Frankie

Lol…

Matt...A Different One
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Matt...A Different One

This is from the June 2nd blog

“RAINFALL FORECAST: 2″ to 4″ of rain is likely the next 5-7 days with some locations seeing 4″ to 7″ of rain. The locations of the heaviest rain are not set. June averages 5.23″ of rain, about the same as May. We are on our way to another wet month.”

They were just a weeeee bit off considering we only got MAYBE 1/4″ of rain in Olathe.

Adam
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Adam

Central Missouri received more though so it was just a wee bit off of he was targeting kc.

Blue Flash
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Blue Flash

One inch over 10 days this time of year barely settles the dust, unless it all falls at once.