Climate change in Baden-Württemberg: Is this weather still normal? – Knowledge

Summer and heat are becoming more common in Stuttgart due to climate change (file photo). Photo: LICHTGUT / Leif Piechowski / Leif Piechowski

Is it still weather or really climate change? Our new data project answers the question for your site – updated daily.

There are days when you walk out the front door and immediately feel: something is wrong here. The sun is blazing a little off the sky, or expect cooler temperatures at this time of year. Sometimes you are happy with sunshine days, but sometime you wonder how long it hasn’t rained. Is this climate change?

We answer this question on our website with the new data project ‘Climate Center’ that is updated daily and for all locations in the Greater Stuttgart region. Is it too warm or too cold, and maybe the temperature is breaking records? Is it too dry or too wet? Also: Does the sun shine particularly often or very rarely?

There is a concrete answer to this – and the data in our Climate Control Center. They come from 14 official weather stations in and around Stuttgart, which we get from the German Weather Service, the City of Stuttgart and the State Institute for the Environment. In addition to current values, we evaluate data since 1961. We show the range in which temperature and precipitation move normally – and what is currently measured.

Weather and climate data for your location

The Climate Center also shows what was normal from 1961 to 1990, when climate change was hardly a problem. The second comparison period between 1991 and 2020 depends more on what is considered normal today. These two periods are the international reference for climatologists. And yes: 60 years ago, the average May day in this country was also much cooler than it is today.

We provide an interactive online tool so that the values ​​are displayed accurately for your location. Here you can enter the desired location or zip code. Then we use text and graphics to describe how the current weather relates to the long-term trend. We get the data from the most convenient weather station. In total, we automatically generate about 580 texts and over 100 infographics per day based on current data.

Online dashboard with current weather and climate data: to the climate control center

The approach is and is still fun. Weather is not climate. It changes faster and results in a stronger rash, and temperatures in the Stuttgart Basin are different than in the Swabian Jura. But when the climate changes, this is also reflected on a very small scale – in the weather, which is perceived as very warm, but also in a long-term comparison, which shows that Baden-Württemberg is also warming in general. A hot day alone is not evidence of climate change. On the other hand, the increasing number of these days is still so. How many hot days has your community experienced over the decades? Umm: Is it true that the number of frost days is decreasing?

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The data we analyze makes such insights possible at the primarily local level. It’s worth looking at the values ​​every day – just like reading a weather report every day. The Climate Control Center embeds the weather forecast into the big picture.

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This article is part of weather and climate monitoring from Stuttgarter Zeitung and Stuttgarter Nachrichten. We provide data from official weather stations for all locations in the Stuttgart metropolitan area and compare them automatically with a long-range measurement series: Is the weather unusual today or not?

On our topic page you will find all the data for your location as well as further research on climate change in Baden-Württemberg. You can read more about our methodology here.

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