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You thought Seattle's ice storm was bad?

You thought Seattle's ice storm was bad?
A man takes pictures of an ice covered car on the iced waterside promenade at the Lake Geneva in Versoix, Switzerland, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. A cold spell has reached Europe with temperatures plummeting far below zero. (AP Photo/Keystone/Martial Trezzini)

If you thought our ice storm from mid January was something spectacular, you should see what parts of Switzerland have been going through.

These photos show what happens when you combine a large body of water (Lake Geneva) with winds gusting over 40 mph and temperatures that hadn't seen the warmer side of 25F in a week.

Spray from the sea was freezing on anything it could find, and it made for some spectacular weather shots.

(I can't imagine what those people who parked their cars think. I'm sure a few days ago they were probably thrilled to find a spot. And then....)

In looking at the observations from Geneva Airport, it shows the warmest temperature between Feb. 2 and Feb. 7 was 24 degrees (F) with three of those six days stuck in the teens all day. And then check out the peak wind gusts from those dates (in mph), starting with Feb 2: 22, 43, 48, 30, 34 and 51.

Sort of makes Bellingham amidst an arctic Fraser wind event still seem quite tropical in comparison.

To be fair, a search of the internet shows that these type of ice storms aren't too uncommon there - this "video" of still photos was taken almost exactly three years ago:



Guess maybe the locals know not to park their cars there?

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