Is Global Warming Causes Black Sea to Freeze
The Black Sea waters around the Ukrainian port city of Odessa were completely frozen for the first time since 1977. Russia's Novorossiysk port, usually an ice free port all year round, was closed for two days last week because of ice. In the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta, the waters were frozen for up to 400 meters from the harbor.
Very low temperature has caused the coasts of the Black Sea freeze. Sevastopol, Kerch, Yevpatoria, Odessa and several other ports have been blocked up as the surface of the water has been frozen. In Yevpatoria the ice has covered about two square kilometers of coast, while in Odessa; small icebergs are seen in 100 meters away from the shore.
Meteorologists say only 30 years ago the frost caused the Black Sea to freeze. They recollect 1977 year when the temperature was so low that it caused the coasts of the sea to freeze.a
The weather remains unfavorable as nearly all Azov Sea area is covered by ice and ice fields.
European shippers say they are losing millions because a lengthy stretch of the Danube, one of Europe's key waterways, is stuck in the longest freeze in recent memory. The Danube flows for 2,872 kilometers through nine countries, starting in Germany's Black Forest, before passing through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Ukraine. The river began to ice over in early February as temperatures plunged to minus 20 Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit). The freeze followed a drought in the fall in which water levels had dropped so low that it was interfering with shipping along the international waterway. Huge chunks of ice floated down the middle of the Danube on Friday in southern Romania while water close to the banks remained iced over, with barges, boats and ships tangled in a wintry web.