08 December 2006

Climate, Landscape, Etc.

Stollen, Zichenau, and the surrounding principalities have an inland Baltic climate. Winters are long, snowy, and cold while summers are short and comparatively warm. Mean temperatures range from about 14° F (-10° C) in midwinter to about 63° F (17° C) in midsummer.

Variability is another facet of the climate. Mild maritime weather from the North Atlantic sometimes extends to Stollen and Zichenau. At other times, continental influences are predominant, giving periods of severe cold in winter and warm, dry weather in summer.

Precipitation varies with weather type, averaging 20 to 24 inches per year. Cloudy weather predominates, and fog is most frequent in spring and early summer. Winds tend to be variable and do not usually reach gale force.

July and August are the warmest months, but can also be wet. May, June and September are more comfortable months, while late June can be stormy. At these northern latitudes days are long in summer.

Regional topography consist predominantly of gently rolling plains and extensive forests. There are many lakes and small rivers across the region, the longest of which is the Greater Zwischen separating Stollen from Zichenau. The most common trees are pines, birch-trees, fir-trees, aspens, and oaks.

Typical crops grown in Stollen, Zichenau, and their immediate neighbors include wheat, rye, and other grains, turnips, sugar beets, and the recently introduced potato. Most farms are fairly small due to a lack of manpower, which also causes porblems on larger estates. The relatively small, thinly spread population is a result of depopulation during the earlier 30 Years War.

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