World Wide Weather: Salzburg, Austria

Posted in Non-US Weather, Weather News at 6:18 pm by Rebekah

This week’s post in the World Wide Weather series features Salzburg, Austria (click for a Yahoo! maps link).

Salzburg Old Town on the Salzach River, photographer Jiuguang Wang, from Wikipedia

Salzburg, on the western border of Austria with Germany, is situated on the northern edge of the Austrian Alps. First settled around the 5th century BC, Salzburg means “Salt Castle”; in the 8th century, barges carrying salt would come down the Salzach River and be subject to a toll.

Today, the city is famous for baroque architecture, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the stage for the events of “The Sound of Music”. Every summer there is a large festival celebrating classical music and operas.

A few more facts about Salzburg (from Wikipedia):

  • Time zone: Central European Time (UTC + 1) or Central European Summer Time (UTC +2)
  • Elevation: 1,391 ft (424 m)
  • Climate zone: Cool and humid
  • Average high temperature: 58 °F (14 °C)
  • Average low temperature: 41 °F (5 °C)
  • Average annual high/low temperature range: 38 to 76 °F (3 to 24 °C) / 25 to 56 °F (-4 to 14 °C)
  • Record high temperature: 100 °F (38 °C)
  • Record low temperature: -16 °F (-27 °C)
  • Average annual precipitation: 47 inches (1,184 mm)
  • Average annual snowfall: 44 inches (113 cm)

Weather: While usually relatively cool due to its location in the foothills of the Alps, Salzburg has a fairly large temperature range throughout the year because of its continental location. Orographic lift (air being forced up the mountains) is responsible for a good amount of rain especially in the summer months, and snow is common in the winter.

Early this week Salzburg is experiencing temperatures below freezing and moderate snowfall. A high pressure system will enter the region later in the week, bringing sunnier skies and milder weather.

Forecast for Austria for Tuesday morning, temperatures in degrees Celsius. Salzburg is circled. From Austria’s Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics.

Weather map of Europe, valid 00Z on Tuesday, 11 December, from Austria’s Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics. Note the frontal boundary leaving central Europe, with the high pressure system over the UK soon to pass through.

Surface pressure, GFS model, valid at 00Z on Thursday, 13 December, from Weather Online UK. This shows the high pressure system now over Austria, which will bring some breaks in the clouds and precipitation.

For weather maps and information on current and forecast Salzburg weather, check out Austria’s Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (if your German is as bad as mine, use Google to translate the page), Weather Underground, and Weather Online UK (good for maps and models across the globe).  For more information on Salzburg, check out Wikipedia.

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