Yesterday morning we woke to a beautiful – white – surprise.
In the middle of April. That sounds crazy, but hand on heart: we’ve had much weirder weather here before (and we’re delighted by the perfect conditions, of course – Ed.) Here are the wildest whims of the weather from the Ischgl Village Chronicle.
- 14 September 1695: it snowed so strongly that the farmers couldn’t bring in the after-grass and the people of Upper Paznaun couldn’t harvest their grain.
- 1 August 1718: the summer came early. By the beginning of August, the beans were ripe and the grain had been harvested.
- 1 January 1724: the winter still hadn’t arrived – and didn’t want to come at all. The farmers had to carry wood and grain into the valley on their backs instead of on sledges.
- 3 July 1729: on the other hand, this year the winter wouldn’t stop having fun. It simply didn’t want to end. The cattle could only be driven up to the mountain pastures in July.
- 25 July 1772: the winter was exceptionally hard. It was as late as 25 July before the butter was churned for the first time on the mountain pasture.
- 15 August 1816: the summer didn’t want to get going. The harvest was poor. People starved in Paznaun.
- 22 July 1836: very heavy snow fell in the middle of July. The cattle had to be driven down from the mountain pasture as an emergency measure.
- 30 July 1954: the snow came again at the wrong time, surprising the cattle on the mountain pasture – they had to be driven down from the mountain again.
- 1 August 1981: the celebrations planned for the fiftieth anniversary of the Niederelbe Hut were cancelled – there was a metre of snow in August.
- 20 September 1974: it began to snow so heavily that even in the valley, the snow didn’t melt. Seichlers Zischga, at the age of 98 the oldest Paznaun local at the time, said: “A so a Sauwött’r waß kann alta Monn!“ – even an old man cannot remember such bad weather.
- 30 August 1995: it snowed so heavily at the end of August that the animals had to be brought in from the pastures. The alpine paths were cleared with snow ploughs.