The STG Newsletter Archive — June 2005

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In this issue...

1. A.S.K Me!

2. German Climate

3. Special Tip

4. Skinny Boy Report



A.S.K Me! :-)

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June started so we soon will have summer here in Germany.

Quite often I am asked what climate and degrees we have at what time, so I'm gonna let you know about it today.

Germany is northern the equator, so we have similar temperatures as South Canada, South Russia, and North China/North Mongolia.

And the temperatures between North and South Germany varies.

As a rule, the temperatures in Freiburg, which is the city with the most sun hours, are 4 to 10 degree Celsius (8 to 18 degree Fahrenheit) higher than in Hamburg.

However, when you look at historical weather data tables, you often recognize they tell you about, let's say, an average temperature of 17 degr. C (63 degr. F) in Munich in the month July. But once you are in Munich you realize that it is more than that.

That is just because they give you the average temperature of the entire daytime. But when you go out for sightseeing, you will feel that in Munich or Freiburg it is often as hot as in Shanghai or Mexico City.

In the year 2003, I remember we had had a seven week period (!) with temperatures of 32 to 40 degr. C (90 to 104 degr. F) throughout Germany! Seven weeks in a row.

It was unusual for Germany, and a lot of people did not go on vacation, because they had had the temperatures they usually have on their travel destinations.

BTW, you have to know that we German's are "Travel World Champions." We LOVE to travel, so it was a quite hard time for travel agents ;-)

Anyway, now I will give you some meteorological average temperatures for some German cities. Numbers in brackets are degrees in Fahrenheit, others are in Celsius.

I will also tell you the highest recorded temperatures ("highest:") as well as the lowest recorded temperatures ("lowest:"), so that you get an idea of its temperatures between noon and 3 p.m. (highest) and between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. (lowest).


January (winter):
day 3 (38), highest: 13 (56),
night -1 (30), lowest: -20 (-4)

April (spring):
day 13 (56), highest: 25 (77)
night 3 (39), lowest: -6 (20)

July (summer)
day 23 (75), highest: 36 (97)
night 13 (57), lowest: 3 (38)

October (autumn):
day 13 (57), highest: 27 (82)
night 6 (43), lowest: -3 (25)

Please keep in mind that in South Germany the summer is hotter and the winter is stronger than in the north. In winter, regions of forests, hills and mountains, usually have more snow than flat river regions.

Most of all, German's *hope* to have white Christmas every year. And when the snow finally comes after New Years Eve, people start to hate it and are afraid to drive their own car, because it still has summer tires on it. ;-)

Same with summer. As soon as the first warm cosy sun's rays start beaming through clouds, people go out as if it is 38 degrees while it is 18. And as soon as temperatures go above 25, some start to hate it because it would be too hot. ;-)

What remains is, it doesn't matter what weather we have, it is the most discussed topic.

We can not change it, so we start to complain about it as soon as it is five degrees lower or higher than our desired warmth on that day.



Special Tip

Before you decide which clothes you will put into your bag, go online to one of the famous weather sites and enter your final destination.

BUT: Do not look for forecasts longer than four days. If you see a forecast for the next ten days it is not a serious one.

Scientific meteorologists can give you a reliable prediction only for the next three to four days max.

All longer than that is pure speculation.

The weather in Germany often dramatically changes from one day to another. Tuesday it has no cloud at all in the sky with 32°C (90°F), next day it is raining with 18°C (64°F).

And that means, it's better to take precautions to this changeability.



Skinny Boy Report

The other day I asked my worthless fat fitness coach if and how I should start a fitness and body building training.

He said:

"No no, don't do that. Don't be insane. You're so skinny, it would flatten your body like one of the spaghetti noodles I ate a few minutes ago. Instead of body building, I would do a fat building training."

Hum, when I look at his body, seems he is right.

I will give his fatty diet a try: chips, bacon and beer. Yummy...


More next issue!

- Your "insane" Marcus :-)


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