Winter Storm Xaver

December 5th, 2013 |
Meteosat-10 6.25 µm water vapor channel images (click to play animation)

Meteosat-10 6.25 µm water vapor channel images (click to play animation)

Winter Storm Xaver (EUMETSAT Image Library) affected much of northern Europe on 05 December 2013, causing widespread power outages, storm surge flooding, and adverse impacts to transportation in several countries. As many as nine deaths have been blamed on the storm. Many areas experienced hurricane-force winds, with the highest wind gust of 142 mph (229 km per hour) reported at Aonach Mor in Scotland. EUMETSAT Meteosat-10 6.25 µm water vapor channel images (above; click image to play animation) showed the rapid intensification of the storm as the center moved  from south of Iceland late in the day on 04 December to southern Sweden late in the day on 05 December.

Meteosat-10 water vapor channel images with overlays of surface wind gusts (in knots) are shown below (click to play animation).

Meteosat-10 6.25 µm water vapor channel images with surface wind gusts (click to play animation)

Meteosat-10 6.25 µm water vapor channel images with surface wind gusts (click to play animation)

Meteosat-10 0.7 µm broadband high resolution visible channel images (below; click image to play animation) offered a closer look at the center of the storm as it moved eastward across the North Sea and over southern Norway during the daytime hours on 05 December.

Meteosat-10 0.7 µm visible images (click to play animation)

Meteosat-10 0.7 µm visible images (click to play animation)