Severe Weather Warning for NRW – Today: DWD warns of thunderstorms, heavy rain and hail

Weather in North Rhine-Westphalia
DWD warns of severe storms with heavy rain and hail

The German Weather Service issues an official severe weather warning in the event of severe thunderstorms accompanied by very heavy rain. There is also hail and a storm surge in NRW.

The weather in North Rhine-Westphalia can get uncomfortable on a Monday afternoon. As reported by the German Weather Service (DWD), localized storms are expected throughout the day. Heavy rain or short thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rain of 15-25 liters per square meter per hour, and strong winds of 55 kilometers per hour will sweep the country.

At 2:15 pm, the Department of Human Development (DWD) issued a severe weather warning for the areas around Euskirchen, Bonn and Ahrweiler. There are also wind gusts of up to 65 km/h and a chill of grain size of about 2 cm.

Weather in NRW? For Monday to Wednesday: The Department of Social Development warns of thunderstorms, heavy rain and hail on May 16, 2022

There is currently an official warning of severe thunderstorms in the areas around Cliff, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Essen and Wuppertal. Here it can rain 15-25 liters per hour and winds up to 60 km / h.

Near evening, focus shifts to the northeastern half of the country before rain and thunderstorms recede with frequency during Tuesday night. According to DWD, the situation will gradually calm down on Tuesday. There will be a mixture of sun and clouds, there will be mostly no precipitation, only local showers are expected. According to forecasts, temperatures will rise from 23 to 26 degrees, and in Hochsauerland it will be about 19 degrees. Then the wind blows moderately.

At night through Wednesday it was a little cloudy or increasingly clear. Locally it can be foggy, but no precipitation. Temperatures in North Rhine-Westphalia drop to lows of 14-10 degrees on Wednesday night and 10-7 degrees in the mountains.

Lunar eclipse at the beginning of the week on May 16

At the beginning of the week, stargazers were able to enjoy a special event – on Monday morning there was a sight of early risers: skydivers could spot a total lunar eclipse – although not everywhere in Germany. Because in some places, the Earth’s moon had already disappeared behind the horizon in the southwest before it could completely immerse itself in the Earth’s shadow. In addition, the sky was already very bright, and observers were only partially able to follow the lunar eclipse, as explained by the head of the Friends of Stars Association in Germany, Sven Melchert, at the request of the German news agency.

During total and partial lunar eclipses, the moon covered in the Earth’s shadow glows red, sometimes only in pale colors. According to DWD, this is related to deflecting sunlight in the Earth’s atmosphere. According to a representative survey conducted by YouGov Opinion Research Institute, more than a third of people in Germany planned to witness at least phases of a lunar eclipse.

Overall work began at 5:29 a.m., just as Trabant had settled in as seen from central Germany, Melchert said. To the east you miss this scene, and in the far west you can observe the total stage for a short time. The middle of the eclipse was reached at 6.12 AM, and the total phase ended just before 7 AM.

“A lunar eclipse describes the astronomical process by which the moon moves through shadow space on Earth,” says the DWD website in Offenbach. Such an event occurs only at the full moon and when the Sun, Earth and Moon are in exactly the same line of space. However, it does not happen automatically with every full moon. “The reason for this is that the Moon’s orbit around the Earth is tilted about five degrees compared to the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, where the Earth’s shadow is,” says DWD. Therefore, the full moon usually passes under the earth’s shadow or above it.


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