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Winter storm Britta (2006)

Winter storm Britta was a major storm in the North sea during early November 2006, affecting countries around the North and Baltic seas. It caused a surge record in Delfzijl, Netherlands, and a 100-year event in the Southern Kattegat.

Meteorological history.

On 31 October a deep depression with a core pressure of 977 hPa lay near Bergen, Norway. In the afternoon and evening of October 31 this depression moved to the north of Denmark. On the west side of the low pressure area lay a northwesterly flow which attracted a sharp trough towards the Dutch coast. The trough reached the dutch coast on the morning of 1 November, with force 10 winds with gusts of up to to 115 km / h. 

See this page from KNMI for more meteorological history and maps.

Storm surge and aftermath.

In most places along the Dutch coast the predicted and actual surge were consistent, however at Delfzijl the surge was 83cm higher, a new record of 483cm.

Britta caused a 100-year event in the Great Belt, Southern Kattegat and a few other locations. See DMI's website for further details (only in Danish).

Satellite and in-situ data.

A link to the eSurge database will be added once available.

Links and resources.

KNMI's storm catalogue

DMI's website (only in Danish).


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