– but what can you expect, after the rainfall of the past several weeks? And it’s still raining…
There’s nothing titchy about our lake. At 64km long and 12km wide, Lake Constance is one of the largest in Central Europe, covering an area of 536 square metres. And in the past few weeks it’s been getting bigger and bigger – the water level is over a metre higher than average for this time of year.
On the right is is the floods marker in Rorschach, just up the lake from us – you can see the mark for 1999 third up on the right. I don’t think we’ll have flooding this year, unless we have a spectacularly bad summer, but the current high levels make for interesting viewing.
Half the population of our town, Arbon, can be met at any one time down at the harbour, peering at this graph, which is updated daily. The black line is the average level, which increases from end May onwards due to the snow in the mountains melting and coming down; the blue one is 1999, when we had serious flooding. The red is this year’s. Lots of water.
So today, I thought we’d have a selection of lakeside photos. Here we are near the harbour in Arbon, with the ferry sailing towards Rorschach:
Below is the bathing hut at Rorschach:
And a lovely photo taken from the Austrian end of the lake. The little island on the right side is Lindau in Germany, and Arbon, where I live, is on the left bank in Switzerland, near the centre of the photo:
This one’s looking towards Austria, from Rorschach in Switzerland. This was taken on Friday – you can see how high the lake is:
To finish off, one of the best photos I’ve ever seen of our lake. I just hope we eventually get some sunshine to enjoy it this summer!