Those disappointed by how this summer is so far shaping up ought to get used to the fact that this is “a part of Iceland’s general weather conditions.”
Meteorologist Trausti Jónsson, writing on his blog, says that last June’s cold and rainy weather was much like June 2013’s. However, he adds, he remembers “a long string of crappy summers – cold, rain, and bad weather” in his younger years.
“The June months of 2013 and 2014 are amongst the worst that there have been,” he writes. “Those who use summers this century as a reference are of course shocked when a summer like 2013 or the first summer month of 2014 appears. But they should just accept the fact that this is just a part of Iceland’s general weather conditions.”
Trausti chalks this up to a mostly generational difference.
“It’s natural for those under 30 to use [the summers from 1996 onwards] as their point of comparison,” he writes. “This is nearly half the population. We who are now middle aged … this generation has used the years around 1940 as a point of comparison. We haven’t known any better weather than this.”
Trausti concludes on a pragmatic note, advising that there may well come “seven crappy summers in a row” in the future, “but it’s meaningless to lament the situation, as if its some kind of persecution.”
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