Not a lot rain in Central Europe this summer! Why? One important part of the global climate changes is the rising temperature near the polar caps, which levels the temperature gradient from pole to equator. As a consequence of this the polar jet stream of the northern hemisphere is slowing down. This jet stream pushes the high-pressure and low-pressure areas from the Atlantic Ocean over the European Continent (and over Britain as well – might change with the Brexit – not quite sure.)
So, areas of high - and low - pressure will remain much longer over Central Europe. This summer we had an area of high-pressure that continued for months in a row, which led to serious droughts. What then will we get next year? If it will turn out to be an area of low pressure, then we might as well get some serious floodings for a change...
So what actions should be taken?
Regarding the miserable failure of our politicians to adequately address the challenge of the world wide climate changes to me it seems to be far more promising to turn for help to the fairies, wood sprites and even the odd Will-o'-the-wisp.
This panorama shows you some of those fairies, wood sprites and Will-o'-the-wisps of the Spreewald as part of a fountain in Lübbenau. The Spreewald is a biosphere reserve about 100 kilometers to the South-East of Berlin. It is famous for its system of more than 200 small and very small canals used for irrigation and transportation. The Spreewald is a settlement area of the Sorbs, a Slavic tribe belonging to the larger group of the Wends. The Sorbs have a rich tradition of fairy tales.