What a natural spectacle. A tornado stormed through Kiel. The people looked spellbound at the sky. Extreme weather! But is that also climate change?
September ended with a meteorological bang: a tornado hit Kiel on Wednesday evening.
“A tornado really has absolutely nothing to do with climate change. Germany was and always has been a tornado country. We have around 40 to 60 confirmed tornadoes every year. So this is by no means new. In Germany, there was already extensive tornado research in some areas as early as the 1930s. This number has remained fairly constant over the past few years, ”says graduate meteorologist Dominik Jung from the Q.met weather service to BILD.
There are no more tornadoes today than there were 20 or 30 years ago. But: in the past, many tornadoes went unnoticed by the media. There was simply no way to take direct pictures and videos and share them on social media.
Weather expert Jung: “This is why the rumor is spreading today that tornadoes ‘never happened’ in Germany. That is simply wrong. “
In addition, 20 to 30 years ago there were no technical possibilities like today to record every event directly via smartphone and make it directly accessible to the general public.
Weather expert Jung: “Of course, that gives the impression that ‘everything used to be different’. There was a really monstrous tornado in Pforzheim in 1968. At that time with unfortunately 2 victims and over 200 injured. That was indeed a direct hit in an inhabited area. ”
Climate researcher Mojib Latif also sees no signs of climate change. “I wouldn’t make a link to global warming right now. It is a rare phenomenon that occurs every now and then, but it does not mean a new quality. “
The tornado caused property damage on Wednesday just a few meters from Latif’s Kiel office in the Geomar Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research on the banks of the fjord. Several people were injured by objects being thrown around.