So far Berlin Summer has been a bit like the stock market: up and down. Yes, we had a couple of nice, sunny, warm days – but we definitely also had some cold, windy and quite rainy days. Even if it’s warm and sunny during the day, that doesn’t mean too much for the evening to come. Chances are that the next thunder storm is just around the corner.
But one nice side effect of this moody weather should be mentioned right in the second paragraph of this weather update: every now and then we have some stunning sunsets, all with dark orange clouds and everything. And sometimes there are also some nice rainbows to spot. Nice!
So I don’t want to complain too much about this up and down, since that’s what weather is all about, isn’t it? And at least we did not have any severe floods like they sometimes can happen during the summer months. And this year there were actually already some serious flooding in the south / south west of Germany – but nothing the like in Berlin.
And – let’s face it – the rain, that keeps returning every couple of days, is actually good for the environment. So all the parks and and also the trees along the streets and alleys are all nicely green. So – I would say so far this summer has been a bit like April, concerning the rapid change of weather conditions – and Autumn, concerning the wind and the rain.
Update: the second half of July seems to be much more agreeable. Almost every day the temperatures are between 25°C (77°F) and 32°C (90°F) and the thunderstorms are only hitting Berlin maybe once a week – if any. People are enjoying themselves in Biergardens and on terraces, having dinner outside – summer has finally arrived. Yay!
In January we had again something of everything: some wind, some rain, some snow – and some sunlight. The temperature went down to something like -12°C and up to around +12°C – not too bad, but also not really nice. Overall I would say: the Berlin Weather in January was “ok” so far.
Sunshine on Oderberger Stasse Prenzlauer Berg
On the weekend it may however become a bit stormy. Some warm air is meeting with some cold air. Temperatures are expected to be slightly above 0°C – rain and winds will probably dominate the weather condition on Saturday and Sunday. Well… Have a nice weekend then!
PS: Feel free to check this weather map of Deutscher Wetterdienst / German Weather Service:
Yes, we also had some serious November rain – but also sunshine, blue skies, stormy weather – and the first snow. There was basically something of everything.
If you look at the average temperature for Germany, this November was the warmest for the past 130 years – even though temperatures dropped in the second half of the month and the first snow even made it to Berlin. And there was also a 30% ‘bonus’ of sunshine, compared to the average November. In Berlin however we had 4% less sunshine than on an average November. For most people November is probably always too dark and grey anyways.
With over 60 liters per square meter this November was more than 30% more rainy, than an average Berlin November. And if you ask me: I could have skipped last Sunday’s evening rain easily. That was just a bit too much.
Now jet’s see what December will bring along. Usually the temperatures should drop a bit further towards the 0°C mark. And if the rainfall continues at the November scale, we should have lots of snow – sooner or later.
Last weekend – hanging out at Weinbergspark. The weather was friendly enough to hang out in the park, only a few drops of rain – but that was just refreshing.
And I took the opportunity to test my new long-exposure app – and I think the result is quite ok.
For today and tomorrow an official weather warning for Berlin (and other regions) has been released: a heavy storm named ‘Xaver’ is passing through. The speed of wind is expected to go up 100 or even 150 km/h – that’s around 60 – 100 miles per hour. It might rain and/or snow during the evening and night time.
…blogging the storm: I’ll update this post whenever there’s news to report about the storm or damage the storm has done to Berlin and Berlin region…
It’s still a bit windy in Berlin, some “snow” came down, some construction sites collapsed – business as usual. Berlin streets looks way worse after 1st of May or New Year’s Eve.
Heavy winds, but little damage – currently that seems to be the conclusion / the after math. Although maybe it’s still too early the storm is not quite gone yet. Officials just renewd the storm warning and at least until the evening hours one shold still be quite careful when outside.
Now weather forecast service says the worst is already over? Good. We’ll see tomorrow morning…
Weather forecast service says the wind peak is expected for tomorrow morning.
Most of Berlin’s christmas markets will close their doors early today – or at least close their roundabouts and Ferris wheels will shut down. Schools will be open on Friday, but parents may decide for themselves if they want their kids to school. And Berlin firefighters have been asked for help in storm related incidents for about 25 times in the last two hours.
Over here you can find a loop of satellite images –>
…quite impressive to see, how the storm is slowly moving across northern Europe, approaching Berlin area… – …I guess I’ll soon pack my things, go home and have a cup of tea…
Just read on Twitter: “Svend or Bodil? Denmark and Sweden cant even agree on the name of a storm.” lol
When outdoors you should watch out for things flying around like parts of trees or roofs or flower pots that could fall off balconies. If you have a balcony yourself or flower pots attached to your windows please make sure everything is stable and in a safe position. In case you’re leaving your appartment check your windows and make sure all windows are closed. Fasten your seat belts and put your seat in an upright position…
Finally winter has arrived. Last night it snowed some impressive centimeters – and now “everything” is covered by a thin white layer of snow. And I guess I take the opportunity to move my sledging post from my previous Berlin Blog over here – so in case you are interested in riding a sledge down one of Berlins hills, you at least have a short introduction about that subject…
Today the 38th Berlin-Marathon is taking place – or actually it took place. For some runners the Marathon is already over, some others still have to rund a couple of kilometers before they can relax..
Patrick Makau from Kenia was first – again – and with just about two hours (2:03:38) he broke the world record. It seems the Berlin Marathon is becoming more and more one of the fastest Marathons. For Patrick Makau it is already the second time he wins in Berlin – also last year he came in first.
If you want to – or if you have to go through downtown Berlin today you’ll probably have to be a bit patient – vast areas of the city centre are closed. And the streets that are open might be packed. You should probably try to avoid the Marathon area – a map showing the route can be found on the event’s homepage:
And if you just want to see some photos of the even you may want to have a look at this photo page over at Tagesspiegel..:)
I found this news sounded quite promissing: the Berlin city cleaning service BSR is planning to clean all Berlin streets and sidewalks before Easter. But when is Easter?
This year the Easter Weekend will be on the first weekend of April. That means there is only four weeks left to clean the city – or to look at this from a different angle: up to four weeks we’ll have to cope with sidewalks full of christmas trees, new year’s rockets, empty bottles and other left overs of the past 2-3 months I don’t really want to name..
For tourists guests the shituation situation may be clean and clear a bit earlier, since the BSR is working their way from inner city areas to outskirts, BSR chief Vera Gäde-Butzlaff said in an interview with RadioEins. Various ‘Hot-Spots’ like Ku’damm, Hackescher Makt and Unter den Linden have already been cleaned, Britz, Marzan, and Köpenick will probably have to be a little patient.
Well – I suppose the idea of getting rid of all that dirt stuff is another quite good reason to look forward for Easter..:]
an here’s the dates for Easter 2010:
01.04.2010 – Holy Thursday
02.04.2010 – Good Friday
04.04.2010 – Easter Sunday
05.04.2010 – Easter Monday