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Sunny spring to make good for current gloom
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Sunny spring to make good for current gloom

Published: 23 Feb 2013 09:19 GMT+01:00
Updated: 23 Feb 2013 09:19 GMT+01:00

But you’ll have to push through some more dark days before the weather will turn, the forecast said. Overall this winter has been fairly depressing, with only 55 percent of the normal amount of sunlight seen.

January was the darkest January since 1951 and the second darkest month on record.

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But early indications show that sun worshippers have a lot to look forward to this spring. “A lot points to a very sunny spring 2013,” information from wetter.net showed.

It expects April and May to produce above average sunny days.

“There is a high probability that spring will compensate us for the suspected record levels of darkness in winter,” said meteorologist Domink Jung.

That was the good news.

The bad news is that there’s still plenty of winter on the way – especially in the eastern and southern sections of Germany. Milder temperatures won’t be seen until mid-March at best and it will remain quite dark. February will be the fourth month in a row with under average levels of sunlight, the forecast showed.

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10:59 February 23, 2013 by ovalle3.14
Allah sei Dank!
11:00 February 23, 2013 by Englishted
If I was a betting man ,I wouldn't.
12:47 February 23, 2013 by Leo Strauss
Dunkel Deutschland in the Age of Global Dimming- wie schön.

Who to thank for the geo-engineering chem-trails that are turning down the lights on this grey on grey Geisterwelt known as eastern Germany?
13:06 February 23, 2013 by grazhdanin
The Foreca Flash Weather never works for me. I don't think though I have issues with my (latest) Flash Player.
13:06 February 23, 2013 by The-ex-pat
Following this winter¦#39;s gloomy weather there¦#39;s hope on the horizon, according to long-term forecasts..............

Long term weather forecast and the German weather service are two things that should never ever come together in a sentence. How much do these people want to set themselves up for a fall is amazing? They can't even get the day after tomorrow right
13:21 February 23, 2013 by Leo Strauss
@ The ex-pat

You`re spot on there. Their absolute limit seems to be 48 hrs, and then there are strange areas in Germany like the Erfurt Basin and the Harz Region that are like the Bermuda Triangle in that they are completely unpredictable. Better to consult the I-Ching or better yet, cast a weather divination spell to determine what to put on in the morning. :)

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