A strong storm system swept through parts of northern and western Poland Saturday, July 14, 2012. This system produced relatively strong tornadoes in the region across the Kujawy-Pomorze and Wielkopolska regions. According to BBC News, 400 hectares (nearly 1,000 acres) of trees have also been damaged in Bory Tucholskie forest, which is a popular tourist attraction in Poland. As of now, these storms killed one person and injured at least ten others. Over 100 homes received damage or were destroyed.
Are tornadoes in Poland rare?
Tornadoes in general are rare events, but are not uncommon for parts of Europe. The United States is the most favorable region to experience tornadoes, especially in the spring and early summer months. The storm systems that have occurred in Europe have been “dramatic” according to BBC’s Adam Easton. In the United Kingdom, wet weather has been the dominant story for the region as relentless rains continue to soak the area, including London, which is hosting the Olympic games this summer. With such an active weather pattern across Europe, seeing storm systems like the ones that pushed into Poland this weekend are not becoming such a huge surprise.
Total distribution of tornadoes around the world. Image Credit: Wikipedia
Matt Daniel is Meteorologist for WBRC in Birmingham, Alabama. A self-described "big weather and music geek," Matt has a passion for helping to keep people safe when severe weather strikes and says if you don't have a NOAA Weather Radio ... you should get one.