Summer cancelled in Tarfala

There was no Summer 2015 in Tarfala in the northern Swedish mountains. The Swedish weather service SMHI’s Sandra Andersson tells Swedish Radio News that meteorologically conditions have gone directly from Spring to Fall at the ski station, located near Kebnekaise, Sweden's highest mountain.

“If Summer hasn’t arrived by August 1,” she says, “then it can be Fall instead, and that’s what happened in Tarfala.”

In Stekenjokk in the southern Lappland mountains, it is also now officially Fall, as the average daily temperature there has not risen above 10 degrees Celsius for 5 days in a row, the definition of Fall in Sweden.

Summer, which Tarfala never experienced this year, is defined in Sweden as average temperatures above 10 degrees Celsius for 5 days in a row. (Spring in Sweden is defined as temperatures between 0 and 10 degrees Celsius for 7 days in a row, after February 15.)

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