Via P Gosselin
The sudden cold in mid-September forced the Germans to turn on their heaters early…consumes 14.5% more gas than in previous years… ”wettest September since 2001 ″… gas shortage in winter “hard to avoid”
With Russia’s gas supplies to Europe practically at a standstill, German authorities have begun calling on Germans to dramatically cut their natural gas consumption immediately. . “With a little luck we will get through the winter,” said Economy Minister Robert Habeck, as Germany’s energy crisis deepens to an alarmingly deep level.
Habeck then expressed hope for a mild winter. But unfortunately, climate warming has not cooperated in the past two weeks, not showing up in September of this year. With temperatures plummeting last week, Germany’s average September temperatures are almost over half a degree cooler than usual, according to preliminary results from DWD German National Weather Service.
DWD reported: “The average temperature in September 2022 was 13.4 degrees Celsius (°C). Compared to the current reference period from 1991 to 2020, the negative deviation is 0.4°C.
The beginning of the heating season
Unfortunately, the recent cold spell has caused gas consumption to increase sharply, 14.5% higher than in previous years. By country Federal Network Agency: “While residential and commercial gas consumption was much lower than average consumption in previous years until mid-September, Last week’s 483 GWh/week was much higher than the 2018-2021 average (422 GWh/week; +14.5%). “
Lack of communism
“The savings will have to happen even as temperatures continue to fall,” explains Federal Network Agency head Klaus Müller. “Without substantial savings in the residential sector, it will be difficult to avoid gas shortages in the winter,” he warned.
The wettest September since 2001
There’s some good news: drought-stricken Germany got relief as September saw an average of around 100 liters per square meter (l/m²) of rain – about 155 percent of the reference period from 1991. to 2020 (64.5 l/m²).
“As a result, there was finally a significant easing of the situation in the drought-stricken regions,” wrote Press Release DWD. “It was the wettest September since 2001, with monthly totals over 200 l/m² in the Low Mountains and Alps. At the highest altitudes, the first flakes of scales even fall.”