2020 is the 14th and most difficult year for meteoblue. We recovered from this in the Swiss mountains on our longest "meteoblue Day" to date. The visit to Falera, in Graubünden, offered us astronomy, gastronomy, hiking and weather in abundance.
To start with, we visited the 3000-year-old and largest megalithic site in Switzerland - a "Stone Age Observatory" - guided by one of the co-discoverers of the site and immersed ourselves in the early observations of sun and star positions, agriculture and mountain climate.
At night we visited the more modern observatory "Mirasteilas", where benefactors, sponsors and enthusiasts have built the largest publicly accessible telescope in Switzerland and developed an observation and guided tour programme. Although the evening was rather foggy, we were able to determine the best time for astronomical observations with the help of our Astronomical Seeing. A lecture brought us close to the starry sky, the telescopes to the galaxies, adorned by several shooting stars from the Perseids, whose trail is recorded on the modern instruments.
The morning welcomed us with downpour, and the weather forecast was needed for the choice of clothes. After breakfast we went up to the alpine dairy Alp Dadens, where we were welcomed with a rest area, excellent cheese and yoghurt, a guided tour and hospitality. The mountaineers continued their ascent to the Crap Sogn Gion, the more cautious troupe slowly descended again, and both were rewarded with magnificent views and afternoon sun.
After the hikes, a big surprise was waiting for the team: Karsten Schwanke, meteorologist and TV presenter and Niko Renkosik, also meteorologist, joined us to give us exciting insights into TV weather, the media world and the mediation of weather information - keyword: customer orientation (and main sentences ?). Our dinner together was exciting, informative, tasty and too short... before we had to leave for home.
The time out was relaxing, very instructive, and an incentive, so you can look forward to further innovations from us!