DThe mild temperatures give Hessen a foretaste of spring. While the ski lifts stand still in the Rhön, the summer toboggan run runs in Northern Hesse. The Hessian Forest is also a small winner, because a notorious pest must fear for its life in the warmth. An overview:
The mild temperatures do not affect the forest, says Michelle Sundermann from the State Office of Hessen Forst, who is particularly concerned with state and municipal forests. On the contrary: the warmth sprouts a mushroom that kills the harmful bark beetle. According to Sundermann, however, this is not enough to contain the large population of insects. The trees are still weakened by the dry summers of the past two years. Your "defense potential" stands and falls with sufficient water. The large amount of rain in autumn only reached the upper layers of the soil.
Plants with feelings of spring
On the fields it is currently a matter of waiting. "When it gets so warm, the plants get spring feelings," says Bernd Weber from the Hessischer Bauernverband. The plant sap, which is composed differently at milder temperatures, no longer serves as a sufficient "antifreeze" in the sudden onset of cold. Without snow cover, the plants lack additional protection. If the dreaded late frost arrives in March or April, the plants could be damaged.
According to Andreas Brömser, agricultural meteorologist at the German Weather Service (DWD), "severe frost events" have become less common. In spring 2018, large plant damage was recently counted, but this was not the case on a large scale. It may be that the coming spring will remain mild throughout.
Allergy sufferers could already feel the mild temperatures. DWD pollen expert Christina Endler reports that hazel and alder are already on the move in southern Hesse. Even if only a few reports about the flowering of the plants have been received, sensitive people could already react. The rather rare purple alder blooms already in December and January. Black alder, which is native to Hesse, is also “in the starting blocks,” says Endler. "The dry weather favors the release of pollen into the atmosphere."
"A touch of winter"
In the low mountain ranges, the mild temperatures affect winter sports. In recent days, operators in the Rhön and Rothaar Mountains have had to close their ski lifts. Artificial snowmaking is not possible at the current temperatures, explains a spokeswoman for Röhn GmbH. Christian Rummel, who operates a number of ski lifts and a summer toboggan run in Willingen, is not currently running the ski. The Christmas business was good, he also runs the summer toboggan run in winter when the weather is good and there is little snow. "People use it." When it gets colder, the operators want to produce artificial snow again and open the lifts again.
According to the DWD, one can speak of a “hint of winter” at the weekend. On the night of Saturday, the meteorologists expect snow in the highest mountain ranges, during the day the temperatures remain below 10 degrees. A real onset of winter with snow all the way to the lowlands is not in sight in the coming week either.
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