‘Horror winter’ is coming to the Netherlands

January weather predictions are looming with at least 10 degrees below average temperature โ€” accompanied by prolonged periods of strong cold.

The predictions are so extreme that meteorologists apply the term ‘horror winter’ for long-term weather in Europe this year, according to Trouw. As if the idea of winter in Europe (or a Dutch winter) wasn’t cold enough.

Two weather agencies, Germany’s Kachelmannwetter and the Dutch Weer.nl, both see a colder winter in our future. ๐Ÿ”ฎ How bad you say? Think the Big Freeze of 63. โ€œClimate change will not make it a repeat of the extreme winter of 1963. But the run-up is very similar.โ€ Says Reinout van den Born, Weer.nl.

If we don’t like this, we can take it up with the polar vortex, which appears to be the main mover behind these long-term weather predictions. Similar to last February, when the vortex brought cold polar air to the southern regions, Van den Born sees that it’s a scenario to be repeated this year. ๐Ÿง

Dutch weather works in mysterious ways

Not every meteorologist seem to agree with this gloomy projection, however โ€” especially when it comes to the weather in the Netherlands.

Peter Siegmund from Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) is definitely not buying these predictions as he explains that Dutch weather can only be predicted for the short term, two weeks in advance at most. Oh, we hear ye! ๐Ÿ‘€

โ€œOur weather is now determined by storms and depressions. They arise chaotically. You know they come and go, but not where or when.โ€ Says the KNMI’s meteorologist.

Although contradicting, Van den Born says he understands the KNMI’s scepticism citing it to โ€œtheir models which are based on today’s weather and do not take these factors into account.โ€

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  1. They’ve been saying that a “horror winter” will come for the last 25 years. Nothing.

    I agree with the KNMI: Dutch weather is very unpredictable.

    You need a high pressure system that sticks in one place to have the same kind of weather for longer periods. This sometime happens.

  2. Every year I have to face this kind of winter apocalyptical weather report title. I suggest to the guys who write these texts on this prestigious site to check the sources and try to write a better and not clickbait title. Thank you!

    • I feel that it is much colder now then last year of this month so I don’t know I think we should prepare for very cold weather for the sake of it. you never know!


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