Hurricane Elpida swept across Greece on Monday (01/24/2022) and covered Athena with heavy snowfall. snow rarely occurs in the Greek capital, but now the natural phenomenon has occurred for the second year in a row.
Athens has experienced six snow events since the year 2000. snowfall it falls an average of 1.3 centimeters (0.5 in) each year, but Hurricane Elpida brought about 8 centimeters (3.1 in) of snow.
intensity snowfall It was one of the largest since February 2021, when 10 centimeters (3.9 in) fell from the sky. Rare snowfalls also occur on the islands of Mykonos and Santorini.
Parts of Athens were hit by a power outage and the grid operator said crews were working to restore power CNN on Tuesday (01/25/2022).
Excellent evacuation efforts
Rescue teams, including soldiers, worked through the night to help thousands of people trapped in cars on a highway in the Greek capital after a snowstorm hit the country on Monday (24/01/2022).
As temperatures dropped overnight, soldiers distributed food, water and blankets to drivers. Some of them were detained for more than 10 hours. TV footage showed snow-covered roads and vehicles.
As of Tuesday morning (January 25, 2022), more than 3,500 people had been evacuated. Some got out of their cars on foot; About 1,200 cars were stuck on Attiki Odos, the capital’s main ring road, government spokesman Giannis Oikonomou said.
“We had a very difficult night and extraordinary human evacuation efforts are underway in Attiki Odos,” Oikonomou told Greek TV.
Cars drive on a highway north of Athens on Monday, January 24, 2022, during snowfall.
“We are still in a very difficult period as the weather forecast indicates that we will face further difficulties in a few moments,” he said.
The authorities have declared Tuesday (January 25, 2022) a public holiday. Public offices and private businesses have been closed, with the exception of supermarkets, pharmacies and petrol stations in the Athens area and on some islands.
Fifteen passengers were injured when a train carrying about 200 passengers tried to be towed after stopping in heavy snowfall in central Greece.
The unpredictable winter weather follows a summer of high temperatures and bushfires in Greece that scientists have linked to the climate crisis.
Monday’s storm also triggered the rare “snownado,” a tornado-like funnel that moves across a snow-covered landscape after the tornado made landfall, swirling the snow around the tornado’s base.
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Snow blanketed the capital from the hills of the Acropolis to the coast in the south, halting Covid-19 vaccinations, forcing schools to close and disrupting flights.
The Greek airline Aegean Airlines canceled all but five flights on Monday (January 24th, 2022). The airline expects a disruption to its flight schedule on Tuesday and possibly on Wednesday (26/01/2022).
Flights were also suspended at Istanbul Airport in Turkey for a second day and private vehicles were banned from the city’s streets on Tuesday (01/25/2022).
Heavy snowfall has also disrupted traffic and trapped people in the country’s largest city and beyond.
Snowfall in Istanbul started last weekend and has increased in the city of 16 million in recent days.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said 55,000 tons of salt had been used on the streets. He asked the Turks to clear the snow in front of houses and shops to help the emergency services.
“We hope that if we take action tonight, we won’t have any more problems. May God protect everyone,” he said while visiting the salt facility.
Across the country, about 4,600 people are trapped on roads and elsewhere, and thousands have been placed in makeshift shelters, the Disasters and Emergencies Agency said.
Scientists have yet to analyze the relationship between this particular storm and climate change. But global warming has pushed up the average temperature in Germany Mediterranean Sea- According to the EU’s Copernicus environmental monitoring programme, the temperature has risen by more than 1 degree Celsius since the early 1990s.
Sea surface temperatures in the eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea are about 2 degrees Celsius above average ahead of snowfall, and the increased heat will provide additional energy for storms and make the air more humid, increasing snowfall.
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