Early summer is the rainiest season in Grafenwohr, so pack an umbrella. (Photo: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images )
The Bavarian town of Grafenwohr lies in a scenic rural area of east-central Germany, between Nuremberg and the border of the Czech Republic. Also spelled Grafenwoehr, the town is perhaps best known as the headquarters of a United States Army military installation, which since 1991 has trained soldiers to support missions abroad, such as the conflict in the Balkans. The approximately 7, 000 permanent residents of Grafenwohr and the multitude of temporary residents experience weather conditions that include four distinct seasons of standard length.
Climatologists categorize Grafenwohr’s climate as cool-summer humid continental, the same designation as states like Michigan and Maine. Considering its northerly latitude – Grafewohr lies about as far north as Calgary, Canada – the town enjoys a comparatively mild climate, with temperatures almost never becoming scorching hot or subzero cold. And thanks to the maritime influences of the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean, relative humidity remains elevated through most of the year.
Many Americans would consider Grafenwohr’s summer weather spring-like. High temperatures during the warmest months of the year, July and August, average only in the low to mid-70s, with overnight lows in the low to mid-50s. Summer – particularly the early part of the season – is also the wettest time of the year in Grafenwohr. June and July receive more rainfall than any other months, averaging roughly three inches each month.
Winter temperatures, although frigid, remain well above typical temperatures of North American towns at similar latitudes, like Calgary. Daytime highs during the coldest month of the year, January, average in the low to mid-30s, with overnight lows in the low to mid-20s. December and February highs typically run in the mid- to upper 30s and nighttime lows in the mid- to upper 20s. Winter precipitation often falls as snow, but rain can occur regularly, with sleet or freezing rain happening less frequently.
Spring and Fall
Temperatures during the transitional seasons of spring and fall hover between the extremes of winter and summer. In the spring, average highs in April rise through the 50s and overnight lows through the 30s; in May, high temperatures rise through the 60s and nightly lows through the 40s. During autumn, average highs drop through the 60s in September, the 50s in October and the 40s in November, with overnight lows falling from the 40s through the 30s. Autumn also tends to be the driest time of the year, although the difference isn’t substantial.