Any dry areas Germany, Austria, Switz?

Old Jun 21st, 2009, 11:27 AM
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Any dry areas Germany, Austria, Switz?

We have been having an abundance of rain here and the 10 day forcast for areas in the Alps regions looks to be rain thru next weekend. Is this a massive rainy system covering a wide area? Once we arrive in Munich on June 25 are there any less rainy areas to head to?
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 11:50 AM
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Low pressure in the balkans results in rain coming from the south/north east. Intensifying the closer to the mountainsd you go. Pretty common, can last one or two weeks at last. The further west and north you go, the better the weather will be.
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 11:58 AM
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It is totally impossible to forecast the weather in the mountains for more than 1-2 days. And even that is usually less precise than in the flatlands.
If the Alps are the weather boundary, you can check places like Lugano (CH) or Klagenfurt (AT) on the weather forecasts and may find sunshine while places like Salzburg or Munich report constant rain. The Southern rim of the Alps usually is sunnier and warmer.
For the Northern part, this mixed weather with rain, showers, and sunshine is still quite normal. You won't see it on the pictures of the tourist info websites, though
The only "dry" part of Germany is the Northeast, e.g. Berlin, where already the Continental climate with dry, hot summers is relevant. Upper Bavaria is a pretty wet spot in comparison.
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 12:02 PM
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This pattern happens frequently in late winter, resulting in masses of snow in the alps and also was responsible for some of the the summer floodings in Austria and on the Elbe river.

So let's hope it moves and doesn't stay for too long!
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 02:00 PM
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Thanks Logos and Cowboy. I keep putting in cities and Berlin came up sunny. I have heard good things about Berlin from friends but my husband is not a city person.
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 02:08 PM
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I tried Lugano and Klagenfurt and they look wet too.
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 02:17 PM
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Well, I checked out Colmar, France, and it looks good from the 27th thru the 29th.
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 02:23 PM
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The low pressure systems centre is over Croatia right now, supposed to move further north.
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 02:25 PM
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Thanks Bettyk! I just checked viamichelin and it looks to be 4 hrs 15 min away. Have you been to that region, and did you like it?
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 02:27 PM
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Logos999, what does the low pressure system moving further north mean?
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 02:33 PM
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We made a short stop in Strasborg once but Colmar is on our itinerary for September. The Alsace region of France is suppose to be lovely. Some German influence mixed with the French.

http://www.ot-colmar.fr/index.php?lang=en
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 02:36 PM
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Means the further west from Munich you go, the better you're chances are. Württemberg, Switzerland, Colmar should be better. While Munich, upper Bavaria, Austria aren't as good. Or you go quite a bit north to at least Franconia and further north.
However, this is what is forecast today, who knows if the weatherman is right?
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 02:42 PM
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Right now, the forecast for the area around Frankfurt and Wurzburg is not good for the 27th thru the 30th.

But as already stated, who knows what it will really look like next week!
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 02:48 PM
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Havy! snowfalls above 1700m in the Austrian mountains, new snow even on the Wendelstein mountain south of Munich in the next days.
Sigh - Isn't this the first day of summer?
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 03:11 PM
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The northern side of the Alps is notorious for lots of rain in May/June.
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 03:59 PM
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Logos999, I could not locate Wurttemberg, CH.
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This is BW (Baden-Württemberg)

http://www.gutach.de/allgemein/bilder/bw.jpg
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 04:27 PM
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Well, Stuttgart doesn't look any better than the rest of Germany! Neither does Heidelberg. You might have to go further west -- like Colmar.
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 04:38 PM
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Maybe things will change for the better, I can cope with showers but heavy downpours and poor visibility ....
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 04:45 PM
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Well, Munich has constant rain for the next 3 days, with the worst on Tuesday but improving on Thursday!
We had a thunderstorm at 8pm, but right now it's not raining, 50F.
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