Offenbach, 30 March 2023 – According to the provisional calculations by the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), March 2023 was the wettest March since 2001 and somewhat short of sunshine. This is in sharp contrast to March 2022, which was the fourth driest and sunniest since measurements began, as recorded in the climate archive of Germany’s national meteorological service. The first spring month of 2023 was also relatively mild so that the vegetation period had started in many areas by the middle of the month. On average, forsythia – a signal for the start of phenological early spring – started to flower as early as 15 March, which is around 10 days earlier than is historically normal. This is the summary announced by the DWD after an initial analysis of the observations from its approximately 2,000 measuring stations.
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Offenbach, 27 February 2023 – Winter 2022/23 in Germany was again much too warm compared to the reference periods. Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) press officer Uwe Kirsche commented: “This makes it the twelfth in a series of excessively warm winters in Germany. Climate change shows no signs of abating.” There was hardly any winter in lowland areas and temperatures at the turn of the year were even at record highs. This also brought high pollen loads early in the year from hazel and alder trees. Winter sports enthusiasts were only really able to enjoy themselves at higher altitudes. Overall, all three winter months were a little too dry. Sunshine was broadly average. This is the summary announced by the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) after an initial analysis of the observations from its approximately 2,000 measuring stations.
Offenbach, 27 February 2023 – The last meteorological winter month also recorded clearly positive temperature deviations. Brief wintry phases tended to be concentrated during the first third and at the end of the month. In between, temperatures were springlike reaching just over 20 °C in places. Sunshine duration was also higher. However, monthly precipitation was below average, particularly in the south-west, as the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) established after an initial analysis of the observations from its approximately 2,000 measuring stations.
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