Un-brrr-lievable pictures show Hungarian mountains hit by rare ‘white death’ storm
If you thought the weather bomb in Britain was bad, you’ll find these surreal pictures of a Hungarian ICE STORM hard to BRRRR-lievable.
The rare ice storm, also known as ‘white death’, was pictured by Kornél Kolláth, a meteorologist at the Hungarian Meteorological Service (MOSZ), in the forested mountains of Pills, Hungary.
An ice storm, usually only found in extremely harsh climates, such as Alaska, is created when the water in low clouds rapidly drops below freezing point, blanketing everything that comes into its path in a thick layer of ice.
André Simon, 40, a meteorologist at the Hungarian Meteorological Service (OMSZ), said: “Before the ice storm struck, the mountains in Pills were surrounded by clouds for several days at temperatures below the freezing point.
“These are good conditions for an ice storm, which is formed by rapid freezing of super-cooled cloud-droplets and sustained cold temperatures.
“Our research showed that the storm had two principal ingredients: a flow of warm and moist air in the upper atmosphere, which arrived from the equatorial area of western Africa and a near-surface cold air, which origin can be traced back to Siberia.”