Cyclone Quimburga

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Cyclone Quimburga
Type European windstorm
Extratropical cyclone
Formed 11 November 1972[1]
Dissipated Unknown
Lowest pressure 953 mb (28.1 inHg)[2]
Highest gust 245 km/h (152 mph)[1]
Casualties 54[3][4]
Areas affected Newfoundland, British Isles, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Poland

Cyclone Quimburga, also referred to as the Lower Saxony Storm[5] was a deadly European windstorm that struck northern and central Europe between 12–14 November 1972.[1] The storm has been described as one of the most devastating storm events during the 20th century.[5] The storm also destroyed the Königs Wusterhausen Central Tower, a 243 m (797 ft) communications tower to the southwest of Berlin [6] and the church steeple in Berlin-Friedrichshagen.

Damaged steeple of St. Christopher Church in Berlin-Friedrichshagen (Germany)

The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute headquarters in De Bilt has a courtyard which features a representation of the pressure map of the Quimburga storm.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Niedersachsen-Orkan 1972". Saevert. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "De storm van 13 november 1972" (PDF) (in Dutch). KNMI. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "54 Dead as Gale Winds Rake Europe, British Isles". The Milwaukee Sentinel. 14 November 1972. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Storm 1972" (in Dutch). meteotuitjenhorn. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Donat, Markus G.; Gregor C. Leckebusch; Simon Wild; Uwe Ulbrich (9 December 2010). "Benefits and limitations of regional multi-model ensembles for storm loss estimations" (PDF). Climate Research. 44: 211–225. doi:10.3354/cr00891. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mittelturm Königs Wusterhausen". Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Virtual tour: Look around at KNMI". KNMI. Retrieved 5 February 2013.