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1. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 10y

Hi,

Apart from travelling, I am also interested in extreme weather. Of statistically but also hoping to experience some of my own. Unfortunately I live in Holland for that matter, and we really have no extremes.
Lowest temperature I experienced was around -17 or -18 C in Holland. Highest around 40-42 degrees C in Spain and Greece.

Anyone experienced siberian winter, death valley summer, hurricanes, or whatever kind of weather extreme?

Thanks, Michael

2. Posted by numero1 (Respected Member 295 posts) 10y

Hi Michael.

I share a passion for weather and extreme weather also.

All I can say is that I've seen lightning bolts strike the ground only metres in front of me on 2 occassions in my life. Once when I was a schoolkid in Sydney, the other in Cienfuegos, Cuba, sitting on an old metal chair out of all things on the front porch of an old Cuban ladies house, marvelling at a hurricane-season storm. Can I survive a 3rd strike so close? I don't know, but I don't wanna be 3rd time unlucky!

I missed Katrina in New Orleans, but at the time I was in Havana Cuba, and I can tell you there were massive 8-10 foot waves bursting over the Malecon and onto the road. This was due to Katrina hitting New Orleans not too far to the North of us at the time. It was a spectacualr sight!

I love summer time storms in Sydney, and had a hailstorm in 1999 here which ripped off the roof of our home and smashed my car quite nicely. I was living with my parents at the time and the hail punched a hole in the roof and the upstairs of my parents house resembled a golf course!

More recently, last year in Colombia in Cartagena I was almost up all night watching lightning strike my hotel as a vicious storm set in with some of the brightest lightining and loudest thunder I've ever heard in my life which made me jump out of bed in fright!

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 10y

Quoting numero1

Hi Michael.

I share a passion for weather and extreme weather also.

All I can say is that I've seen lightning bolts strike the ground only metres in front of me on 2 occassions in my life. Once when I was a schoolkid in Sydney, the other in Cienfuegos, Cuba, sitting on an old metal chair out of all things on the front porch of an old Cuban ladies house, marvelling at a hurricane-season storm. Can I survive a 3rd strike so close? I don't know, but I don't wanna be 3rd time unlucky!

I missed Katrina in New Orleans, but at the time I was in Havana Cuba, and I can tell you there were massive 8-10 foot waves bursting over the Malecon and onto the road. This was due to Katrina hitting New Orleans not too far to the North of us at the time. It was a spectacualr sight!

I love summer time storms in Sydney, and had a hailstorm in 1999 here which ripped off the roof of our home and smashed my car quite nicely. I was living with my parents at the time and the hail punched a hole in the roof and the upstairs of my parents house resembled a golf course!

More recently, last year in Colombia in Cartagena I was almost up all night watching lightning strike my hotel as a vicious storm set in with some of the brightest lightining and loudest thunder I've ever heard in my life which made me jump out of bed in fright!

Great to hear Jake, and a small coincidence as well, because I had a (smaller) thunderstorm experience near Cienfuegos as well. But it was nothing more than some thunder we have in Holland.

4. Posted by cruisegirl (Respected Member 244 posts) 10y

-40celcius here at home in Canada.
+45celcius here this summer too.
A series of 7 minor earthquakes in Kusdasi, Turkey.
My biggest one was being in Tropical Storm Delta last year. We were in the middle (literally) of the Atlantic Ocean, crossing from Portugal to St Maarten...on a 300foot sailboat. The storm lasted 5 days of our 13 day crossing. By the time our captain realized the storm was headed in a different direction than the weather notification system reported, we were smack in the middle of the worst of it....diverting around was not an option...so we held on tight and kept on going.

Now that I get thinking about it, I've had quite a few instances of extreme weather, being out on the ocean so much. Mother Nature is a force not to be reckoned with!!

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 10y

Quoting cruisegirl

-40celcius here at home in Canada.
+45celcius here this summer too.
A series of 7 minor earthquakes in Kusdasi, Turkey.
My biggest one was being in Tropical Storm Delta last year. We were in the middle (literally) of the Atlantic Ocean, crossing from Portugal to St Maarten...on a 300foot sailboat. The storm lasted 5 days of our 13 day crossing. By the time our captain realized the storm was headed in a different direction than the weather notification system reported, we were smack in the middle of the worst of it....diverting around was not an option...so we held on tight and kept on going.

Now that I get thinking about it, I've had quite a few instances of extreme weather, being out on the ocean so much. Mother Nature is a force not to be reckoned with!!

Is that 45 degrees celcius in the shadow?

6. Posted by cruisegirl (Respected Member 244 posts) 10y

Felt like 45 degrees in the shade! Humidity gets us everytime here!

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 10y

Quoting cruisegirl

Felt like 45 degrees in the shade! Humidity gets us everytime here!

Ok, yes, I understand. Some relatives of mine live in Dorchester (near London) and chatham, ontario. They said that humidity was very high this year.
Shame that i am not in canada right now, last year on labour day weather over there was terrific..here it's quit cold.
Cheers!

8. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 10y

The coldest I have experienced was not while I was in Siberia, but actually in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where during February of 2002 the temperature dropped to negative fifty-six (-56) degrees Celcius. Just north a few kilmometres it was recorded as the coldest place on Earth that day at -62 degrees Celcius.

9. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

-56C? that's incredibly cold.

Coldest I've been in was -21C in Tallinn this Feb, hottest was bang on 50C in Aswan, Egypt, August 2001.

10. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 10y

-56 was cold! My car was frozen solid... completely solid. In other words I had to take a taxi to work.