This Winter in Bulgaria: The Coldest in 69 Years

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In Bulgaria, the winter of 1948 was tough. All the snow and the ice were hard to handle. And, even worse, the cold came into homes through all gaps and cracks. In January of 1948, the average temperature in Sofia was -6.2 degrees Centigrade, which still is the lowest ever registered.

In January of 1963, another tough winter took Bulgaria hostage. And yet another one in January of 1979, in the middle of the Cold War. That month, the expression Cold War could be taken literally, since it was a fight against the cold, rather than the “imperialist, decadent West” with its Pershing II missiles.

This year, in January of 2017, the average temperature in Sofia did not quite hit the record low registered in 1948, but it came “pretty damn close”, as Americans would say. The average was -5.8 degrees. During many nights and mornings, the capital had to deal with -20 degrees. During the day, the temperatures hardly ever reached the freezing point. On top of that, there was a five-day period during which the temperature never went above -10 degrees. Hell actually froze over during those days.

Along the Black Sea coast, in Burgas and Varna, the average was -1 degree. Down there in eastern Bulgaria, it is supposed to be a lot milder than that, even in January. But central Bulgaria, as well as regions in the very north, were hit the hardest.

Another record: In January of 2017, for the entire month, the entire country of Bulgaria was buried under a rather thick layer of snow, without interruption. During the few harsher winters in the past half a century, this had never happened.

As if all of this was not more than enough already, January of 2017 brought more bad surprises: There were a total of four blizzards, which were not exactly enjoyable and which did bring a lot of snow, as a late Christmas present. Also, the Danube river froze, for the first time since 1985.

By im.

Photo: Imanuel Marcus





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