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Wow! Really? “The Times They Are Changing” – But Today Finally It Was Snowing In Budapest

Robert Velkey 2017.01.04.

In the latest installment of our new (semi)regular segment, Wow! Really?, we examine little-known or unexpected facts about Hungary and Hungarian culture.

“Do you remember to the (normal) good old winters? You know, when it was snowing and the Christmas was white and shiny… when we were sledding down from the hills of Buda.” This nostalgic talks can be heard very often in the last few years; not only from the old people. True, the climate change has perceptible effect on our weather in our times. However, today it was snowing in the Hungarian capital. To tell the truth it was not a “big storm” but it made this winter a real one in Budapest;

Budapest, 2017. január 4. Madár repül a hóesésben a Városligetben 2017. január 4-én. MTI Fotó: Kovács Tamás

However you know… back in times, for example in 1907, we had much more snow even in the capital;

Liberty Bridge in 1907

The 20th century brought great winters to Budapest. Just to mention the cold records: the coldest minimum-temperature on the 16th of February 1940 in Miskolc-Görömbölytapolca with
-35 °Celsius; the lowest daily middle temperature on the 24th of January in 1942 with -26,8 °C in Baja.

Fisherman’s Bastion in 1942


Döbrentei Square in 1943

According the National Meteorology Service’s forecasts we are heading to an extremely cold week again. Although the records will not crush but it will be -10 °C and -14 °C this Friday, on Epiphany. Brrrrrrr….


Be sure to check out our previous editions of Wow! Really? on Abandoned communist-era resort in Buda is going to be renovated  Hungarian colonies in the arctic,Budapest’s Heroes’ Square in China, and Europe’s largest synagogue.

via: szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu; met.hu; vicus54ezmegaz.blogspot.hu;

photos: szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu; met.hu; vicus54ezmegaz.blogspot.hu; mti.hu

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