Thunderstorms in Baden-Württemberg are the result of climate change

Violent weather conditions

According to meteorologist Uwe Schickedanz, the concentrated thunderstorms in Baden-Württemberg in recent days are a result of climate change.

“The more warmth I have, the more violent thunderstorms I have. The warming of the climate also creates more heat, ”says DWD meteorologist Uwe Schickedanz.

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The storms fit into the picture that climate researchers draw, with summer alternation between drought and heavy rain events, said the head of the German Weather Service (DWD) in Stuttgart to the “Südkurier” (Wednesday).

Thunderstorms like those of the past few days are still a relatively rare occurrence in terms of violence. “But I too have the impression that they have become more frequent with this intensity. But they are not yet so common that we could statistically say that it has become more. ”

It is different, for example, with the depth of snow in the Black Forest, which has decreased in recent decades.

The more warmth I have, the more violent thunderstorms I have.

Uwe Schickedanz, meteorologist

“Thunderstorms live from the heat below and the cold above because the temperature differences are very large,” explained Schickedanz. The risk of extremely violent thunderstorms therefore increases with rising temperatures, as long as it is also damp.

“The more warmth I have, the more violent thunderstorms I have. The warming of the climate also creates more heat, ”said Schickedanz. The past three very dry years had been few thunderstorms despite climate change.

Heavy thunderstorms hit Baden-Württemberg

In the past few days, storms had repeatedly passed over Baden-Württemberg and caused great damage. On Tuesday night, too, trees fell, streets were flooded and cellars were full.

According to the Interior Ministry, around 4,000 emergency services were deployed across the country, and around 1,100 emergency calls were received by the police in the country. The greater Stuttgart area and the districts of Reutlingen and Calw were particularly affected by the storm.

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