I have heard that the North Atlantic Oscillation is up to its old tricks again this summer. It's cold and raining in Germany.
This weather phenomenon has a lot to answer for in creating the German character. It sends weather systems frog-marching across Europe, bringing rain and cold temperatures in the summer months and fluctuating weather throughout the rest of the years. When I was a pilot we used to joke: the rain is colder; it must be summer...but it was no joke.
Often (more often than not) Mr. N.O.S. spoils the weekend, only to deliver sunshine on Monday, just in time for the the work week and to frustrate German workers. Still, they work hard, confounding economists and angering neighbors (like the Greeks, who want to retire while still young).
Knowing about weather patterns, we sought more reliable sunshine in Florida. The N.O.S. has been known to screw up vacations at fabled hotspots along the Mediterranean. Here, we are beyond its fiendish reach...and have to worry only about tropical depressions maturing into hurricanes. Daily thunderstorms, forecast with a rotating selection of adjectives--isolated, chance, scattered--are of no consequence.
Soon, we will return to the land of depressing weather and just have to grin and bear it, when fluctuating Highs and Lows frolic our way from the Atlantic...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.