As the dreary post-Christmas winter settles upon us here in Düsseldorf, I’m sure I will start complaining about the weather again. While I’ve been lucky and haven’t had to ride my bike in the rain in a while, my biggest point of contention is still the lack of sunshine for what feels like days (and sometimes weeks) on end.
Nice people who can’t fully fathom my climate-related distress are always trying to pep me up with statements like, “but it’s so nice to be inside and cozy and warm while it’s gray outside,” or “cloudy days make you appreciate the sunny ones that much more” (see more here). Oh, you poor people, I always say…
To put my obsession with sunshine and generally good weather into perspective, I grew up in the second sunniest place on the face of the planet, really. www.currentresults.com says so.
And, while researching sunshine stats, I also ran across this on weatherspark.com: “The median cloud cover [in Düsseldorf] is 85% (mostly cloudy) and does not vary substantially over the course of the year. On June 17, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 17% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 40% of the time.”
Numbers don’t lie. I’m not crazy after all.
And a final word, for all you pepper-uppers, “Düsseldorf has…no dry season.” (weatherspark.com)
|Average hours of sunshine for the ten sunniest places on earth|
|United States||Yuma, Arizona||4015||11.0|
|United States||Phoenix, Arizona||3872||10.6|
|United States||Las Vegas, Nevada||3825||10.5|
|United States||Tucson, Arizona||3806||10.4|
|United States||El Paso, Texas||3763||10.3|