A record summer of the century
This year the company in Frankfurt and the many fans of its products had to be patient somewhat longer than usual. The record summer in Central Europe kept the mercury in Germany at critical heights for the special chocolates. The DWD ultimately confirmed with its own data that in 2003 the characterization “summer of the century“ was indeed correct. At 19.6 degrees Celsius the average temperature registered in Germany for June, July and August was the highest since systematic weather recordings were begun in the year 1901, and 3.4 degrees Celsius above the mean reading. It was also the sunniest summer in Germany since 1951, and only four summers were drier in the past 102 years.
Temperature forecasts are just one example of the many special services that DWD has to offer, which are also available to individual companies. “For instance, the German railway company requests forecasts of wind velocities to be able to adjust the speed of their fast trains that are affected by crosswinds,” explains DWD press spokesman Gerhard Lux. There is also close cooperation with airports and airline companies. “This is not only a matter of choosing the direction of takeoffs and landings or planning the best routes,” says Lux. “It also involves determining the maximum weight to be loaded in freight aircraft, which is equally dependent on weather conditions.”
DWD offers the services of its 2,700 employees to many other groups as well, including balloon pilots, shipping lines, farmers, hobby fishermen or insurance companies. “Many now have the relevant data sent directly into their databases via the Internet,” says Lux.
Dense network of data
Average daily mean temperature in the summers from 1901 to 2003 in Germany.