The greatest mushroom museum of Europe is located in Greece and, particularly, in Kalampaka of Trikala.

 

The Mushroom Museum has a rich collection. It consists of mushroom sculptures made one by one, maintaining an absolute color, shape and size similarity. Mushrooms are presented in three stages of development, so that the visitor forms a complete picture of their circle of life. Their presentation is based on the ecosystem that each species grows (beech, pine, fir, oak, meadow, etc.)

Wandering around a specially designed area, which simulates the real environment, visitors can gather information and get familiar with every mushroom.

The Museum organizes guided tours for groups, school classes of elementary, middle and high school students and other special groups. Visitors have the opportunity to become fully informed about the exhibits, the dangers that threaten the individual ecosystems and the environment in general. For the smooth operation of the Museum the tours will be scheduled after contacting us.

 

Below you can have a brief look of some parts of the exhibition:

 

 

More info in english on meteoramuseum.gr

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An avalanche was caught on camera barreling toward cars caught in I-70 traffic in Officer’s Gulch between Silverthorne and Copper Mountain.

According to the person who took the video, most of the snow did not make it to the road and no one was injured.

(CNN) – Firefighters have contained a blaze that erupted on moorland in West Yorkshire in northern England, one of the three wildfires that broke out across the United Kingdom as temperatures hit record seasonal highs.

The fire, on Saddleworth Moor, burned throughout Tuesday night across about 1.5 square kilometers (370 acres) near the village of Marsden. Orange fire-line streaks and haze illuminated the dark sky.
“The fire now looks to be out,” the fire service’s official Twitter account tweeted Wednesday morning, adding that “5 pumps and 2 wildfire units are still at the scene and will remain there for much of the day to tackle any further hot spots.”

Other fires broke out in Edinburgh, on the city’s famed Arthur’s Seat hill, and in the southern English county of West Sussex, in woodland immortalized by A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories.
The West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service blamed the “unusual warm weather this week in Sussex.”

Warmest winter day recorded

Temperatures in parts of the UK reached 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) for “the first time in winter on record,” Britain’s national weather service, the Met Office, told CNN.

A countrywide record for the warmest winter day was set Tuesday for the second day in a row, with Kew Gardens in London hitting 21.2 degrees Celsius (70.16 degrees Fahrenheit), the Met Office tweeted.
The average temperature in February is between 6 and 8 degrees Celsius (42.8 and 46.4 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the Met Office.
Source: CNN

Crete broke the rainfall record that was previously held by Grøndalen of Norway.

The European record of monthly rain and snow was broke in the region of Askiftos in Hania of Crete because of severe rainfalls occurring due to the so called weather systems “Hioni” and “Okeanis”.

The record of the highest monthly rainfall height was previously held by Grøndalen in Norway, which was 1190 mm being recorded in 1989.

In total, the weather station of the National Observatory of Athens in the region of Askiftos has recorded 1202 mm between 1st and 26th of February.

 

Extreme rain heights in the rest of west Crete

In total, the weather system “Okeanis”, affected western Crete with significant rainfalls.

The rainfall that was observed on 23rd of February 2019, in regions of western Crete, such as Sempronas of Hania and Askiftos palteau, reached 40.9% and 31% of the mean annual rainfal respectively.

 

Weather is expected to be very different form western to eastern Europe this weekend. Let’s see these weather contrasts that are going to be settled on 22-24/2/2019.

 

While the weather will remain dry and warm over western Europe with African dust reaching even the southern UK and temperatures exceeding 20°C in Iberia and southern France, an extreme cold wave with heavy snowfalls and temperatures less than -10°C at places will affect eastern Europe and Balkans.

In the next map we summarise all the weather extremes that are going to take place in Europe between 22th and 24th of February 2019.

After a fairly variable winter with snow, rain but also dry spells around most of Europe, this last period of winter 2018-2019 may be characterised by a quite stable weather pattern. Let’s analyse the possible scenarios.

Taking into account the data from all the global forecast models, which are available, we can distinguish three different scenarios regarding the weather in late February 2019 (22-28/2/2019):

Scenario A: The anticyclone covers most of west and north Europe moving fairly northwards though affecting with dry weather these regions. As a result, it causes a circulation that allows colder air masses from Russia to “slide” backwards to Italy allowing cyclogenesis there. Then, this cyclonic system will move eastwards affecting central/north Greece and rest of southern Balkans with cold and snow possibly heavy at times. This scenario is possible by 25%. However, there is a 5% possibility that this cyclonic system will move further west being dissipated. In this case snowy conditions may affect mounts of Italy and Alps.

Scenario B1: The anticyclone is established slightly southern comparing to scenario A covering also central Mediterranean sea. In this case, the colder air masses over Russia will be guided towards eastern Mediterranean and Aegean sea affecting eastern/south Greece and Turkey with snow and maybe later Cyprus. This scenario reaches 50% possibilities.

Scenario B2: The anticyclone covers most of Europe (hence dry conditions) leading finally the Russian cold air masses further to the east. In this case, heavy snow will affect Turkey and mounts of Cyprus. The possibilities for this scenario do not exceed 20%.

 

It should be highlighted that the intensity of the cold conditions in the Mediterranean sea in any of the scenarios above will depend on the time point that the anticyclone will start to move southwards (towards SE Mediterranean).

We should also highlight the possibilities that wintry conditions may insist in eastern Europe during early March.

 

You can stay informed about the weather following our facebook group and youtube channel.

You can monitor the current temperature observations in southern Balkans through our live maps HERE.

Please send us your snow video to our email (s.keppas@northmeteo.gr) via WETRANSFER and we will publish it on youtube or on the website.

 

 

A particularly rare phenomenon occurred on Hawaii islands and specifically on the second largest island Maui, where snow covered regions higher than 1800 meters. This is the lowest elevation that snow covered Hawaii ever.

 

Snow is not an unusual phenomenon on the greatest island of Hawaii, where volcanic tops, such as Mauna Kea and Loa, reach 4205 and 416 meters correspondingly.

Snow has been observed on Maui in 1952.

 

Figure 1. Paper demonstrating Hawaii snow climatic data.

 

Snow (according to the document in figure 1) occurred in 1952 over 2286 meters, while on 12/2/2019 reached much lower regions (around 1890 meters) breaking the record that the entire complex of Hawaiian islands holds. The previous general lowest elevation of snow-covered ground was 1980 meters.

 

 

Many regions mostly in south got white in the morning (1/2/2019) as we inform you HERE yesterday. Beautiful pictures are coming from facebook, instagram and youtube.

 

Let’s start with a timelapse from Princetown in west Devon:

 

Now, let’s move to Bristol:

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Next stop is Brighton:

 

Cardiff is once again white for second consecutive year:

 

London dressed in white as well. Pictures illustrate south London:

 

And these from central areas of the city:

 

Same situation for Oxford (1st picture) and Reading:

 

We also found nice pictures on UKWeatherEnthousiasts:

In Kent

 

In Taunton:

 

UK SNOW MAP

Snowfalls have already visited (31/1/2019) southern regions of the UK. However, snow is expected to fall mostly in southern and eastern regions during the next hours. Let’s have a comprehensive look.

In early morning, snowfalls are expected mainly in central Ireland, Wales, Midlands and south-southeast regions, which may be heavy at times in south Wales and southern UK. However, during the morning (towards to noon) the stream will turn into east, which means that snowfalls will get lighter and gradually stop in these places, while east coast and northern Scotland will be affected by snow showers (heavy at times). Such situation will be preserved until the end of the day.

WINDS: North-easterlies will be strong (until 50-70km/h) in the southwest regions and northwest Scotland.

TEMPERATURES: Around -6°C to -8°C early in the morning in Scottish Highlands, around -1°C to 2°C in the South. Temperatures will raise to 0-2°C in Scotland and 3-5°C in south-southeast.

 

Please send us your snow video to our email (s.keppas@northmeteo.gr) via WETRANSFER and we will publish it on youtube or on the website.

You can monitor the current temperature observations in the UK through our live maps HERE.

You can stay informed about the weather following our facebook group and youtube channel.

UK SNOW MAP

At least 12 people have died due to the breaking of polar vortex, a phenomenon that affects the northern parts of the US.

 

The authorities have instructed that schools will remain closed and places for homeless people will be available for use. Hundreds of train services and flights have been canceled.

 

 

In the mid-western states, the temperature has dropped below -45°C. Snowfall are expanding over eastern regions.

Although forecasters inform that the temperature will increase in the weekend, this does not seem to be a relief, as strong winds will be preserved and the temperature will remain around -34°C.

 

Today, the temperature dropped to -29°C in Minnesota and Michigan and to -34°C in north Dakota.

Now, the cold intrusion is moving towards eastern regions, such as Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania. In Boston, the temperature dropped to -21°C.

According to media and authorities, 12 deaths have been caused by this cold outbreak since last Saturday in mid-west US. Some of them are dead due to car accidents, while others by the extreme weather.

Videos on youtube show people to drop boiled water in the air, which instantly freezes, while train officers get fire on train rails in order to avoid any contraction.

In the meanwhile, more than 30 temperature records have been observed in the mid-west US (-40°C in International Falls of Minnesota, -30°C in Chicago).

Extreme cold conditions caused hundreds of car accidents and a pile up of 20 cars in Grand Rapid of Michigan. Moreover, 2500 flights are canceled and more than 3500 are delayed this morning. Post offices stopped their services to many American states today.

In the broad region of Great Lakes, these extreme conditions have caused unusual natural phenomena (e.g. a part of the Niagara falls has literally been frozen).

Source: www.lifo.gr