Clouds Cover the Netherlands Exactly


Some argue that the Dutch are obsessed with the weather, or that they at least like to discuss it. Well, let me throw in some little discussion of my own, then!

From September 2011 onwards I lived for about a year in London, a city known for a lot, but not for good weather. I guess I have been very lucky, since I liked the weather in London just fine. London weather is said to be “hugely unpredictable, oscillating between heavy rain and scorching sunshine within the space of minutes.”

It actually took 3 months in London before I got soaked by an unexpected downpour – something that happens to me every few weeks here, in the Netherlands. Sarah described this particularly “Dutch weather”:

Today was the first day since I’ve been in the Netherlands that I have experienced the real “Dutch” weather.  Let me give you a mini rundown of what I mean by Dutch weather.  In the span of five minutes, what starts out as a sunny, pleasantly breezy September day turns into driving rain and gale-force winds.  After dumping buckets for a few minutes, the sun teases through the clouds, lulling all the unlucky souls basking in its rays into a false sense of security.  But is this the end? Of course not. Just when you think it’s safe to throw out the umbrella, SURPRISE! More rain.

For the reader it is good to known that Sarah also lived in London for a year. Apparently, Dutch weather is more of a “London weather” than the actual weather in London.

While I was reading the news, a couple of days ago, I got the proof that Dutch weather truly is devilish. Europe was entirely cloudless, except for the Netherlands. Some clouds developed, and moved to exactly cover our low-lying land. Check out the pictures below, which I have copied from weeronline.nl using screenshots.

Clouds develop, attain the shape of the Dutch landmass, and cover us while the rest of Europe remains cloudless. Devilish, or just Londonish?

Clouds develop, attain the shape of the Dutch landmass, and cover us while the rest of Europe remains cloudless. Devilish, or just Londonish?

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One comment on “Clouds Cover the Netherlands Exactly

  1. We have a lot of rain in the Netherlands, and feel comfortable complaining about it. It’s in the Dutch culture to complain (about everything).

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