What's up on dormouse?

How reliable are the summer weather forecasts?

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Will it rain or it will not rain? On the 27th of June, many people pay attention to the phenomena in the sky: On the seven-day holiday, the summer weather decides according to the old farmer's rule. But is that true at all?

The seven-pack, the little squirrel-like animal, has nothing to do with the naming of this day. The name for this day derives from the legend of the seven sleeping brothers, who were persecuted as Christians in ancient Rome in the 3rd century and were kept in a cave walled in for 195 years.


First week of July counts

But not only the name origin causes confusion. Also, the seven-day sleep itself is subject to error, he is the result of a calculation error. With the Gregorian calendar reform in 1582 ten days were canceled without substitution. The date for the Seven Dormers Day, which was known to the farmers much earlier, has not changed. Looking into the sky after the weather for the summer weather forecasts would therefore be appropriate only on 7 July.

In principle, however, the specific day is less important than the weather conditions in late June / early July. If a stable high has been established at this time or a weather situation that steers the low pressure areas around Central Europe, the chances for a friendly July are good. According to meteorologists, conclusions about the entire month of July can be drawn from the dormouse sleeper with a hit rate of 60-80 percent - however, this applies above all to southern Germany. In the north, the match is much lower. display

Animal namesake threatened with extinction

The dormouse (Glis glis) is completely indifferent - because this species is now threatened with extinction in northern Germany and was therefore chosen in 2004 for the "animal of the year". The only about 15 inches long and 100 grams heavy animal with a gray body and bushy tail is one of the protected species in Germany.

The name dormouse comes from the approximately seven-month hibernation that the voracious and nocturnal rodent from the family of the Bilche holds from early October to early May. Dormouse prefer large deciduous and mixed forests in low and middle altitudes with old oaks and beeches. They also enjoy living close to human settlements such as orchards and barns, which provide shelter for slumber and shelter, as well as climbing-loving animals. However, these habitats are increasingly lacking today, the stock of the sleeper has therefore fallen sharply.

(German Wild Animal Foundation, 25.06.2007 - NPO)