Tag Archives: Weather

Only In Canada

Woke up yesterday to falling snow. It is the end of April. In Germany by this time of year I was wearing shorts. Here it was hat and gloves. I guess the stereotype of Canada as a cold, snowy country is true. Meanwhile, Germany yesterday looked like this, according to a friend there:

Self Portrait

Summer is here. Well, not really, but it felt like it Sunday. It was 18 Celsius in the vineyards above Sulzburg.  It was warm and sunny, a great day for a socially distanced walk on the Castellberg. Especially when a bench beckoned in the sunshine, a perfect place for fresh apple crisp and coffee from […]

Rubbing It In

My Canadian friends are reminding me that Winter is nowhere near over. I read news reports of record low temperatures in Texas. Weather seems to be a topic of conversation everywhere. Most of the time the comments aren’t complimentary. Not wanting to make anyone envious (or maybe I do), it appears Winter is over where […]

First Snow

“Take your boots back to Canada,” my wife told me in November. “You are never going to use them here.” The winter boots are an ongoing joke. I bought them in the fall of 2017, making sure I was prepared for the winter all my German friends assured me was coming. Except it didn’t. Throughout […]

Difference in Perspective

Another day, another extreme weather warning for Sulzburg. Why do I read these things? The weather app on my phone occasionally gives me alerts about unusual weather expected in my area. They are generated by the German meteorological service, so they have a feel of authority to them. What they don’t have is me taking […]

A Storm By Different Names

I thought naming storms was limited to hurricanes and typhoons. Which means that Sabine has taken me by surprise. Not the storm itself – people in my area of Germany have been talking about it for days. On Saturday events scheduled for this evening were being cancelled. On a bright sunny day that surprised me. […]

Let It Snow?

Finally! Though I’m not sure I like it after all. All this fall I have been telling people how much I was looking forward to a Canadian winter, that the area of Germany we live in lacks winters, and my new boots are still in their box more than two years after I bought them. […]

Forty Degrees of Separation

I turned on Ottawa radio yesterday (online of course), looking for Canadian news. What struck me most though was the weather. In Ottawa it is still winter. Morning temperature was minus 21 Celsius –  and that isn’t taking the wind chill into account. It felt a lot colder than that to those leaving for their […]

Winter Wonderland

I am a Canadian. Talking about the weather is our national pastime. Especially in winter. In my small corner of Germany though there doesn’t seem to be the same incentive. There is no winter here, though I have trouble convincing Germans of that. Like Canadians, they love to talk about winter weather. Last winter I […]

Spring Weather

I’ve been hearing about the weather in Canada; doesn’t sound like Spring is coming anytime soon. Is this when I start to feel guilty about living in Germany? I’m writing this Tuesday on my bus in to German class. I’m feeling decidedly unmotivated. Nothing wrong with the class, but it is 25 Celsius (that’s 77 […]