Saturday, March 1, 2008

Orkan Sturm Emma

Unterhalb in deutscher Sprache. Right now the storm 'Emma' is passing through Germany and Austria. Here you can see the action from above.

The following photos are 'shots' I made in my close neighbourhood with my digicam just 2 hours ago. A 'victim' is this tree, (german: 'Eibe', I guess in English called Yew Tree (?), estimated to have been 800-1000 years old. This tree was considered as a natural monument, a natural memorial and a subject to preservation of ancient monuments. Now its gone.

The house was kind of 'lucky' as the falling tree missed the house exactly and fell right beneath. A lot of houses didn't have this 'luck' today and just from the reports that I heard through personal friends and relatives the damage in a lot of areas is just huge.

This tree was something like a personal friend to me. I often stood beside him (I pass by daily with my dog who appreciated this tree too :-) and thought of all the times he/she's been through.

Just imagine: the young tree (approx. at 1200 a.d.) crusaders on their way to Jerusalem ... and and and ... late middleages, Columbus, Luther ...

Yep, that's it, my mourning about this tree. Of course my sympathy and pity is with all the victims of this storm. Already there have been casualities and the overall damage is huge.
This tree was the closest victim to me, a personal neighbour, you might say.


Der Sturm Emma (ein sogenanntes 'Sturmtief', ein Tiefdruckgebiet) hat uns heute hier im Salzkammergut am späten Vormittag erwischt. Es gab einige ungeheure Windböen.
(Bis jetzt, die Sache scheint ja noch nicht 'gegessen' zu sein).

In meiner unmittelbaren Nachbarschaft hat es diesen alten Baum (eine Eibe, ein Naturdenkmal, ca. 800-1000 Jahre alt) erwischt. Das Haus daneben hatte gewissermassen 'Glück' denn der Baum fiel genau neben das Haus. Ein Glück, das viele andere Häuser heute nicht hatten, wie ich vorhin von meinem Sohn gehört habe. Es gibt auch bereits Todesfälle. Mein Beileid den Opfern und ihren Angehörigen.

Von Orkanen spricht manfrau so ab Windstärke 12, was so in etwa rund 120 Stundenkilometern (km/h) entspricht. Nach den verlautbarten Sturmwarnungen soll Emma bis zu 140 km/h Windgeschwindigkeit haben können.

Noch ist ein Ende nicht abzusehen. Der Sturm Emma soll bis morgen abend (Sonntag, 2. März) dauern.

Sturmserien gehören in den letzten Jahrzehnten schon zur 'Jahresordnung' Europas. Beispielsweise im Jahr 1990 tobten die Orkane 'Daria', 'Vivian und 'Wiebke' oder fast 10 Jahre später im Jahr 1999 die drei Orkane 'Anatol', 'Lothar' und Martin. Die letzten Stürme sind uns noch gut in Erinnerung und die Schäden an den Wäldern sind noch nicht aufgearbeitet.

Diese Sturm-Serien führen zu vielerlei 'Reflexionen'.

Die Naturgefahren-Mathematik beschäftigt die Versicherungen. Sturm-Szenarien werden erstellt und Zusammenhänge wie zum Beispiel Windgeschwindigkeit - Schadensintensität ermittelt.

Mit den Sturm-Serien wird derzeit auch immer wieder ein weiteres Thema aktualisiert, nämlich das des Klima Wandels. Sehen Sie dazu die Klima Fakten.

Kann manfrau etwas gegen solche Katastrophen tun?
Nun, durch die Vorhersagen können Risiken minimiert werden.

Ein herzliches Dankeschön an alle Einsatzkräfte!


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Laila Hussein said...

Oh this is so frightening! I am traveling to Germany next month, I hope there will be no storms!

Michelle said...

The scenery is beautiful - I thought it was just a lovely view, until I saw the tree. What an amazing loss, I am sorry for you and your dog.

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