Strong Winds & Moderate Snowfall Caused Several Disruptions Across Estonia!!! (Credit: Meteo Europe)
DISCUSSION: While the days are getting longer and the sun angle is becoming higher in the sky, parts of Estonia experienced some unusually late snowfall. Estonia is located in Northern Europe, to the Northwest of Moscow, Russia and to the South of the country Finland. The longest day in the summer approaches 19 hours of sunlight! Meanwhile, the shortest day in winter only experiences just 6 hours of sunlight. Being at such high latitude, snowfall is not uncommon in late April, but it is rather unusual as the Northern Hemisphere continues to warm as we begin to tilt closer and closer to the Sun. Spring in Estonia is typically dry and mild, this year it has been quite chilly and snowy. This most recent storm further confirms that statement, when moderate snowfall and strong damaging winds knocked down trees and powerlines across the Northern city of Tallinn. As of yesterday, Meteo Europe reported that over 7,000 households had no electricity following the storm. Several roads were closed across the region as crews worked as quickly as possible to clear them of debris from fallen trees. Road travel was not the only mode of transportation impacted by this event, air and even marine traffic came to a halt as the winds combined with the heavy wet snow to produce whiteout conditions. Temperatures are expected to slowly warmup, especially as we head into the weekend. In regards to precipitation, it appears the region will remain dry right into the weekend as well.
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~ Meteorologist Jake Keiser