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Tue Apr 9, 2013, 10:34 AM

20. Caught in the Cold: Long Winter's Grip Chokes German Economy

http://www.spiegel.de/international/business/long-winter-harming-german-economy-a-892983.html

Just last Friday, Dirk Nüsse stood at the summit station of his ski lift, looking out at the landscape incredulously. According to the calendar, it should have been spring there a long time ago, but before his eyes a snowboarder was cruising by wintry spruce trees, while frost-covered cable cars conveyed a seemingly endless number of winter sports enthusiasts up the mountain.

There is a thick blanket of snow on the Wurmberg, a peak in central Germany's Harz Mountains, one of the few places profiting from the cold weather that has held Germany in its grip for months. "The entire country is suffering from the cold temperatures, but we're clearly the winners of this long winter," says Nüsse. The 56-year-old manager of the Wurmberg cableway is glad that spring simply refuses to come this year. Ski season is normally over by mid-March, but he has just extended his winter operation by yet another week, which means that some 15,000 additional holidaymakers intend to hit the mountain's seven slopes. During a long winter like this, Nüsse's lift earns twice as much as usual.

The rest of Germany has become increasingly exasperated by the long winter, though. The entire country is talking about the weather. Although it was surprisingly mild at Christmas, the country has since plunged into darkness and cold -- bringing one low temperature record after the next.

Not since the beginning of nationwide weather records in 1951 has a winter been so dreary, and this March was among the six coldest since 1881. In the Ore Mountains of eastern Germany, the mercury dropped to minus 21 degrees Celsius (minus six degrees Fahrenheit) in the middle of the month.

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