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Climate Change, Unexpected, Skating For The Last Time

by: Joris Zuid
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Do you know that feeling that something you liked to do came to an end? For many people in the Netherlands, it’s about skating. That one thought to sell your skates, but a small voice still telling you, store me somewhere, there will be a day you need mee again.

And the last few days, the unexpected happened. Snow came, it was cold and the cherry on the ‘ice cake’ we can skate again!

Climate Change, Unexpected

Messages about climate change lauded many times the end of skating, especially in countries like the Netherlands. We had some sweltering summers last year. There was sometimes a little snow in wintertime, but it was almost impossible to skate on natural ice.

people-skating-on-the canals-in-Amsterdam
Photo by Robbert Esser Unsplash. Skating on a canal in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Record Hot

The summer of 2019 showed at some places, and the thermometer goes past 40C. Temperatures such high are very unusual in the Netherlands.

Average Temperatures

Average temperatures go up worldwide. Therefore peaks and lows will get higher and lower too. Recently we saw temperatures as low as minus 35 C in Spain, while in Siberia in June 2020, the temperature went over 37C, which made the permafrost melt, and people could swim in Verkhoyansk. 

Climate Models

Climate models are common to use, but they have lost some value because changes are so extreme. Sometimes it feels like it gets hotter every year, but it has most of the time to do with weather variety. It is, though, to say everything to do with climate change.

Record-breaking differences in temperature are still very random, and the average rise in temperature is still too small to notice.

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Winters In The Past

  • It feels like ‘today’ is extremely cold in the Netherlands, but the winters were much colder just a few years ago. In 1963 the temperature went down to minus 21 C on the 18th of January. At that time, I was living with my parents in Wildervank in the province of Groningen. I still can remember it was even freezing in our sleeping rooms because we only had heating in the living room. Ice flowers on the inside covered the windows, and drifting snow came inside from between the roof tiles. The toilet pot froze and broke into many pieces.

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Photo by Hans van der Broek. Bicycle covered in snow, Vreeswijk, The Netherlands 2021.

The famous Dutch Elfsteden Tocht got organized, and people skated in a temperature of minus 18 C. Reinier Paping - from the town Ommen - won the ‘race.’

  • 1970 Was cold too. We had 88 days of frost, and we could skate for 18 days.
  • 1979 Was an epic winter in the Netherlands. Cold, snowstorms, and the temperature went down to minus 24 C in Ten Post in the province of Groningen. That year we could even skate on the streets.

Skating

At the moment, many people are skating in the Netherlands. It breaks the monotony from the COVID-19 restrictions. I see people smiling again when walking in the snow, children who are going downhill with their sleds, and people who skate on flooded meadows, ditches, and lakes. For the last be very careful. It has been freezing for the last few days, but the ice is still thin, and at some places, there are still holes in the ice.

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Places To Skate

Popular places to skate are the Vinkeveense- en de Loosdrechtse plassen in the center of the Netherlands. In Friesland- the North-West of the Netherlands in the area around Sneek very popular.

The advice is still; go skating close to the area where you live. If possible, go on your bike to avoid traffic jams and crowded places, which are still not allowed because of COVID-19.

Enjoy your skating.

Cover photo by redcharlie Unsplash

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