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Nine weird German weather phenomena

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Nine weird German weather phenomena
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Floods are ravaging huge swathes of Germany, plunging towns underwater and causing billions of euros in damage. Yet the country is no stranger to meteorological madness, and as this week's Local List reveals more unusual weather phenomena.

Whether scorching hot or unfathomably freezing, Germany has seen a lot of strange weather in its time. We've dug through the archives and brought you the coldest of the cold and the hottest of the hot – which some readers might remember as being the summer of 2003.

Yet in 1816, summer never came. Crops died and poverty swept over much of the world after a volcanic eruption in Indonesia through the world's weather system off-kilter.

With summer slowly creeping in we shouldn't have to worry about that this year though, but there are always a chance of tennis-ball sized hailstones or even tornadoes, to worry about. And let's not even think about the military simulating terror attacks by changing the weather.

So take a break from the floods and have a look at what Germany has already withstood in our weirdest weather phenomena list

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