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The variety of weather in our region is brought by different air masses. Six basic types affect the weather of Northern Europe. They can bring anything from tropical warm and humid days to arctic cold depending on the type of air mass. The most severe weather usually occurs when dry-cold continental polar air clashes with warm-humid maritime tropical air.

In most winters, and certainly those in the last 20 years, our winds normally come from the south-west maintaining our relatively mild winters. However, during the last two weeks, a large area of high pressure was causing a 'block' to the westerly winds that tends to keep us that little bit milder. As a result this has allowed very cold Siberian air to move across mainland Europe.

The photo shows the Flensburg Fjord, occasionally known as the Flensburg Firth, that in the far north of Germany forms part of the border between Germany to the south and Denmark to the north. This region is particularly interesting from a cultural-historical point of view. The German-Danish border has been shifted again and again, and it did not reach its final position until 1920.

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Additional Photos by Harriet Kaehler (Kielia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2474 W: 0 N: 6535] (23351)
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