Sooo, the better part of Germany — everything from our general area northward — was hit by a major winter storm over the weekend and has been looking like this ever sind:
… as a result of which, trains, planes, and public transport aren’t operational, streets aren’t passable for cars, everything is convered with thick layers of snow, ice and sleet, and, generally, public life has come to a complete standstill (well, not that it hadn’t been reduced as a result of Corona anyway, of course, but as of yesterday, pretty much nothing is happening at all). And the predictions are for more snowstorms yet, and also for them to extend all across Germany:
Meanwhile, right at the bottom of the Rhine Valley we don’t have snow — not much of it anyway — yet … but we’ve got plenty of water instead!
For reference: The promenade in the middle / lower images is a good 3 metres (10 ft) above the water level ordinarily. All in all, we’re currently looking at a river depth of almost 8.5 metres (almost 28 ft) at present. And that photo bottom right shows why, for all the pretty vistas, I’d never want to have an apartment right on the river. If the water is that high in these buildings’ back yards, that means it’s easily as high in their basements, too … (and it would be even higher — on the banks as such as well — if the protective dyke on our side of the river hadn’t been reinforced in the past couple of years).
And oh look, this morning we did have a tiny bit of snow even down here … and who knows, what with the forecast and what things are looking like elsewhere, we may have more even of that, too, some time this week!
A heavy snowstorm is bringing Germany to a standstill. #Schneesturm
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— DW News (@dwnews) February 8, 2021