Cyclone Quimburga

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 1214 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. 1 2 3 "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. 1 2 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.
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