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2011 was fifth warmest, third sunniest on record

The Local · 30 Dec 2011, 10:20

Published: 30 Dec 2011 10:20 GMT+01:00

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The German Weather Service (DWD) said 11 of the last 12 months were warmer than average, with the clue to how the summer was being that only July was colder than normal.

The average national temperature for 2011 was 9.6 degrees Celsius (49.3 degrees Fahrenheit), 1.4 degrees Celsius above the average. It continues a warming trend seen in the country – over the last 15 years, only 2010 has been cooler than normal, the DWD said.

The country also enjoyed its third sunniest year since 1951, when annual hours of sunshine began to be counted. With 1,824 hours of sun this year, only 2003 and 1959 were sunnier.

The year was notable for the spread of weather conditions. While spring brought record levels of sunshine and November was the driest month in 130 years, the summer was exceptionally wet.

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Roughly 304 litres of rain per square metre fell from July to August when the typical volume is 239 litres.

And December, with 123 litres of rain per square metre, had 175 percent of normal rainfall levels. Still, with an average of 718 litres of wet stuff per square metre over the year, the country was below its average annual total of 789.

Berlin was the country’s warmest state with an average temperature of 10.5 degrees this year, while Bavaria was the chilliest at 8.9 degrees.

New Year’s celebrations promise to be a bit snowy and bit windy. The DWD said much of the country would be covered by clouds Friday on night which would bring rain and snow in some areas.

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The clouds are expected to stick around during New Year’s Eve with top temperatures of between 2 degrees Celsius in the east and southeast and 8 degrees in the west with small amounts of rain and snow. More rain is expected on New Year’s Day.

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Your comments about this article

17:00 December 30, 2011 by ErnestPayne
Really? Please be sure to let the deluded know that global warming is here and happening. Meanwhile get out and enjoy.
17:33 December 30, 2011 by carlm
Sounds like clear proof of global warming, clearly caused by too much freedom, too high living standards, too low taxes and too little regulation. Where are Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, the UN and EU when they're clearly needed to put us in our place and clear up this global warming problem?

Enjoy 2012, it's likely to be the last year of the world as we know it before global warming kills us all. This time it's for real, unlike all the other predictions of man caused Armageddon.

Save the world from mankind now, komrade!
17:44 December 30, 2011 by heyheyhey

You are a fool. None of what you write is anything but bullshit.

The planet has been harmed by lack of respect for this home upon which we live.

Much f the western world has Ben unwilling to spend money on things that minimize pollution. It is a matter of respect and priorities.

I am beginning to believe that you are not a deep thinker, but merely a white trash American!
23:49 December 30, 2011 by Englishted
@carlm and @heyheyhey

You two are to intelligent written debate what hitler and starlin were to world peace.
01:59 December 31, 2011 by Illogicbuster
For all the delusional AGW acolytes, here is the REAL climate temp data:


You could have wiped out mankind when they swung down from the trees and it wouldn't make ANY difference. Temps are going WAY up. Natural cycle...
10:19 December 31, 2011 by heyheyhey

There is rarely anything intelligent about what is written here.

Also, Since when are you the authority on debate?

If the purpose of these wee articles is to elicit debate, well, then where is it written?

Make a comment, if you must, but save your debate skills for another venue.
13:32 December 31, 2011 by Englishted

"Also, Since when are you the authority on debate?"

Since I got my Doctorate second hand from a Herr Guttenberg on e-bay.

But enough of this jollity where is @carlm?

I was not fishing for one bite .
10:37 January 2, 2012 by MVOwens
I agree that the earth is getting warmer. But how much of that is man-made? There have always been cycles. I think that man has contributed to the warmer temperatures-but by what percentage I'm not so sure...
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