Category Archives: Country

Albania

Our trip around the world takes us to the Balkan Peninsula, not far from last week’s destination of Romania. Albania is to the north-northwest of Greece and across the Adriatic from Italy. Of all the countries we have looked at, Albania is the most similar to California. They are at a similar temperature, as the Pacific near California is cool for it’s latitude, while Adriatic is a bit warmer. Much like California, there is a coastal plain with highlands on the interior. The coast is fairly dry, then, with the higher elevation inland leading to rising air and a much wetter interior than what is seen on the coast. Also like California, Albania sees most it’s rain in the winter. Where it is wet, Albania is one of the wettest regions of the continent, but it’s position backing a large peninsula makes it one of the cooler Mediterranean climates out there.
The Hydrometeorological Institute of Albania is bureau affiliated with the World Meteorological Organization, however they do not have a website.

Romania

Our first country post back from the oblivion that was last week’s disaster will take us to Romania. Romania, located in southeast Europe along the Black Sea, has a climate that is akin to that of the Mid-Atlantic here in the US. The geography is fairly similar. They are the same latitude, have a mountain range to the east, see many of the wettest storm systems come from the south because of a warmer body of water (the Gulf of Mexico and the Mediterranean, respectively) that tend to track to the northeast through more water (the Atlantic Ocean and the Black Sea), which leave the area dreary and foggy more often than anyone would like in the winter months. They even have the expansive plains to the north to aid in the trafficking of cold winter air during those months, giving the country all 4 seasons. The fundamental difference in geography demonstrate the differences in Romanian weather to the American Mid-Atlantic. The Balkan and Carpathian mountains are a little higher than the Appalachians, and the bodies of water are a little smaller, which, thought various means, leads to cooler, foggier conditions for Romania than what we would see stateside.
The Romanian Department of Environment and Forests is the bureau that monitors Romanian weather, with the National Meteorological Administration housed within. The Administration has 7 offices nationwide for localized forecast purposes, which is a fairly good coverage especially when you look at the distribution of weather service offices in the US. Their site has one of my favorite features, the radar mosaic. It also has an easily navigable set of forecast and warning maps. There are also links to their Romanian National Meteorology School, telling me that it is a state funded organization as well. Good for them to know where they are getting their meteorologists from, I suppose. It’s a good site, and a well constructed organization that has enough eyes out there to figure out the diverse weather of the country.