Winters in North Germany are mild and tend to be a bit glum. Snow is rare and if it does come, it is usually just a few flakes and not more than 2 cm.
This winter has been particularly mild. In December I found new blossoms on my rose bush and a small daffodil was blooming over Christmas.
In January we had a short spell of cold weather and everyone was speculating whether it would get cold enough for the lakes to freeze. Ice-skating and ice-hockey are the only wintersports in this part of the world . Well, the ice never got thick enough, but I am glad I had the opportunity to take some walks with the dog, catching a bit of winter spirit.
After 5 days of frost the temperature climbed back to 11° C and since then we have had a mixture of fog, wind and rain. Lot’s of rain. The ground is full of water and can’t take any more and as often at this time of the year the fields around the river Stör are flooded.
So, how do North Germans get through winter?
Basically, only by looking forward to spring, watching winter sports on TV, meeting friends and wearing watertight clothes. And searching the sky over Hamburg for some signs of weather change.