Total losses caused by recent storms in Germany between 200 and 250 million euros 

Insurance weather expert MeteoIQ expects losses of around 200 to 250 million euros from the two storm lows “Klaus” and “Luis,” which caused stormy weather in Germany, especially on Thursday and Saturday. In total, around 125,000 to 150,000 claims are expected.

The west and north of the country were particularly affected. Although the highest wind gust was measured on Thursday with 150 km/h on the Feldberg/Black Forest, low “Klaus” also hit more densely populated areas with hurricane-like gusts, particularly in North Rhine-Westphalia. After a brief calming of the weather on Friday, low “Luis” then reached Germany on Saturday with gusts of up to 140 km/h. On Sunday, the wind calmed down during the day and in the lowlands only very isolated gusts above 80 km/h were reached.

This means that the first two storm lows of 2021 are on a par with “Herwart” (2017) and “Burglind” (2018). However, they are nowhere near the impact caused by “Friedericke” (2018) or “Sabine” (2020) in recent years.

With “Klaus” and “Luis” MeteoIQ launches the information service for estimating damage levels across Germany. Many insurance companies already use the ClaimsForecast service provided by the company. This determines the number and value of claims for individual policy portfolios. The information is used, among other things, to manage customer service more effectively and, in the case of high-impact events, to involve service providers on site in good time to ensure rapid claims processing.

In our article on storm “Klaus”, you will find more meteorological details on the first storm. We have compiled the maximum wind gusts of storm “Luis” below, measured at the weather stations across Germany and a map of our storm field analysis.


Highest measured wind gusts for storm “Luis”

Weather StationHIGHEST WIND GUST [KM/H]
Weinbiet140
Belchen135
Brocken134
Borkum (MG)131
Nebelhorn128
Hohentwiel124
Feldberg/Schwarzwald121
Braunlage-Wurmberg117
Neu-Ulrichstein114
LT Alte Weser112
Hochwald111
Borkum110
Hornisgrinde109
Muenchen Turm107
Kabelsketal105
Grosser Arber105
Oerlinghausen105
Bad Harzburg-Burgberg104
Wasserkuppe103
Fichtelberg103
Helgoland-Oberland102
Unteruhldingen102
Wilhelmshaven (MG)102
Waldbronn102
Konstanz-Dettingen100
Wangerooge100
Falkenstein100
Zugspitze100
Hofgeismar100
Albstadt100
Issum100
Xanten (Wasserwerk)99
Büsum99
Schmuecke99
Düsseldorf99
Stoetten99
Ansbach98
Juist-Flugplatz98
Schauinsland98
Freiburg-Munzingen98
Dörmoschel-Felsbergerhof98
Spiekeroog98
Harlesiel-Flugplatz98
Hohenpeissenberg97
Werl97
Baltrum96
Norden-Norddeich96
Unna96
Langeoog96
Saarbrücken-Flughafen94
(Highest wind gusts in Germany on 13 March 2021 in km/h. Data: DWDDTN)

Area-wide severe weather analysis for storm “Luis”

MeteoIQ produces hourly severe weather analyses that provide area-wide information on storms, hail, precipitation and lightning. The geographical distribution of the storm field of low “Luis” on March 13, 2021 is shown in the following figure.

(Storm field analysis as of 13 March 2021 with highest gusts in km/h)

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