Snow laughing matter! Is this year’s freeze worse than the ‘Winter of the Century’?

After a prolonged spell of sub-zero temperatures many are reflecting on the ‘Winter of the century’ and asking which was worse the 1978/1979 winter or this year’s 2020/2021 cold snap? PAP

With arguments breaking out on social media over whether the current sub-zero temperatures were worse than previously, TFN compares the situation today with the ‘worst winter on record’ – 1978/1979.

With temperatures plummeting as low as minus 28 degree Celsius during the nights in the last few months, many have begun to compare it to the winter of 1979 when temperatures reached as low as minus 40 degree Celsius.Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe

Poland hasn’t had a prolonged cold spell for over a decade and while the mountains always get a covering of snow the previously familiar sight of mounds of snow piled up in city centres seemed to be a thing of the past.Tomasz Gzell/PAP

In 1979 Morskie Oko had the thickest snow cover reaching a height of 267cm but this year hasn’t seen such levels of snow at the beauty spot.Grzegorz Momot/PAP

Many drivers had abandoned the yearly ritual of changing their vehicles tires to winter ones but many motorists quickly changed their minds and put their winter tires on this year.Leszek Szymański/PAP

Here we can see the communal effort required during 1979 to get vehicles moving in difficult conditions.Andrzej Rybczyński/PAP

TFN recently wrote about how instead of using salt and other substances to clear the paths for pedestrians some cities have begun using old coffee grounds as a more ecological solution.Leszek Szymański/PAP

The beach at Orłowo was covered in snow 42 years ago, a sight rarely seen by the costal inhabitants.Janusz Uklejewski/PAP

The cold weather has produced some unique views in 2021 such as the ice balls that washed up on the shore at Jastarnia earlier in the year.Julia Kohnke

The frozen pier at Orłowo showed just how cold the winter was in 1979.Janusz Uklejewski/PAP

This year the slopes in the capital’s parks have once again become toboggan runs, to the joy of those deprived of their skiing holidays.Andrzej Lange/PAP

In 1979 in Warsaw cars got snowed in as the cold winds caused snowdrifts that lead to piles a couple of metres high.Teodor Walczak/PAP

In Zakopane when the cars can’t travel they have more traditional methods that never fail.Jan Morek/PAP

Despite the chill across the country many swimmers known locally as ‘morsy’ have been taking their annual dips in the freezing waters.Wojtek Jargiło/PAP

Similarly back in ‘79 the warm-blooded Highlanders celebrated their yearly carnival ‘Bukowina Tatrzańska’ with typical gusto.Stanisław Momot/PAP