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One hell of a week

It's been an exceptionally warm summer in Drabantia. The highest temperature recorded was 38.4° in Lipice on July 24th - for scale, the average July daily high is 25.5°. The hot, sunny weather also brought barely any precipitation, and farmers are already complaining about this year's wheat harvest. Climate in Drabantia is far less extreme than one would expect - the harsh continental winters and summers are moderated by the Egalian Lake and others, making them milder and more humid.

It's currently the last week of August before the summer holiday season ends and kids return to school. A weather trend occurs around this time: the last heatwave as the meteorologists have nicknamed it, or the hell week as the people did. (Not to be confused with the Indian summer, which isn't as strong in Drabantia.) The country is on the outskirts of an atmospheric high-pressure area, daily temperatures are around 30°, humidity is well above 60% and there's barely any wind. The evaporating water and heat form cumulonibus clouds on the last few days as the high-pressure area recedes.

On the final day, a thunderstorm comes, bringing heavy rain often accompanied by hailstones and strong wind. The temperature drops by 15° in just a few hours. Then the low-pressure area moves to the country, bringing several more days of rain and low temperatures, sometimes resulting in flash flooding (this week is called the wet week.) According to insurance companies, the damage caused by this weather phenomenon totals 63.1 million DBK (31.3 million USD) each year.

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what will you do when the water takes you

Hide yourself away

So it's fairly obvious neither the hell week nor the wet week are a great time to visit the country, but where can you go instead? Well, here's what's new on the map: the Odrava New Town railway and bus station.

This station is the start/end point for most international trains going south, i.e. to Escadia. Trains from here reach Varventis, Jolarane, Aksava, even Reilach; in addition, some trains go to Horve, Banovci and Nikolovac, Mallyore. The old building was built in the 1870s in opulent neoclassical style; since the tracks are above the surrounding terrain, the station was built on an artificial hill with a park surrounding it. But passenger traffic increased rapidly in the second half of last century, so the old station was no longer enough. The park was razed and a new station complex was built on ground level, aka below the old building, between 1976-1980.

Hated by many and loved by some, the new station is really the full package - there's plenty of commercial space and the department store Signal, there's a metro entrance, there are pergolas and squares with greenery, there are two high-rise towers, one occupied by the Drabantian Postal Service and the other being the Drabantian Railways headquarters. The new layout allows easy transfer to intercity buses. The police tackles drug users and other problematic people who hang out on the empty terraces.

Storm hits Odrava and I'm leaving the city for now. I'm going to be doing some large-scale mapping in the northeast of the country next - see you in two weeks.

Monday bliki by Eklas

Comments are v welcome

*the sound of raindrops hitting a metal roof* the best sound ever! --Turnsole80 (talk) 10:09, 27 August 2018 (CEST)

🌧️🌧️🏡 --Eklas (talk) 19:47, 27 August 2018 (CEST)

When I looked at the station I was shocked. The level exceeds the very detailed. It's just insane. Keep it up! But honestly after last weekend I'm starting to miss the hot weather. --Rüstem Paşa Discussion 10:15, 27 August 2018 (CEST)

Thank you! I won't miss hot weather. My favorite time of year is November. --Eklas (talk) 19:47, 27 August 2018 (CEST)

Oh my days so goooood! Also, the sound of rain is amazing to get to sleep to :P The details put into this station is extraordinary! Cosmic! Makes me miss working in small detail slightly ^^' Keep Up The Mapping! --Aces California (talk) 11:13, 27 August 2018 (CEST)

Thanks a lot! I love when I'm in bed and it's raining outside too, so cozy --Eklas (talk) 19:47, 27 August 2018 (CEST)

I can't hear the rain on the roof for the sound of hysterical laughter coming from the equator. In Vodeo, there's no such thing as the four seasons (outside of marketing, that is), but rather two: the "wet" (May through September) and the "dry" (October through April). For half the year it is cooler and wet while the monsoon (mahr) rolls in, and for the rest of the year it's oppressively hot and dry. As for humidity at over 60%, even I'm laughing at that (Auckland can easily flatline at 100% in the summertime, as it did this year, and even now in late winter it's at 97%). About that railway station though, I might as well just board Saviso Adelaide up and tell everyone to get on the tram or take their cars instead - there's no way Saviso can compete with that. — ParAvion (talk) 12:18, 27 August 2018 (CEST)

But then your Vodeans complain it's cold at 15°, which is a nice, warm October day for Drabantians. And they can never enjoy hot beverages at Verona Coffee (use code SEPTEMBER18 to get any large coffee for the price of medium), which are the best, no discussion, to the full extent. Thank you!! --Eklas (talk) 19:47, 27 August 2018 (CEST)

I dislike rain, and prefer summer. (I'm sorry). And the Guard Oak Cafe in Xenica is much better and not overpriced. (I'm not sorry). Really good mapping, however you might want to update the info given that Escadia no longer exists. (That's the truth). FictiveJ (talk) 00:55, 28 August 2018 (CEST)

Thank you! Escadia may be gone from the map, but she's still in the hearts of all of us. She may be gone, but she is not forgotten. --Eklas (talk) 20:49, 28 August 2018 (CEST)

Seriously, let the rest of us catch up! ;) This is amazing, Eklas. You've really outdone yourself. The level of detail is fascinating. Even more importantly, I am marveling at how you fit that station into the city in the first place. I remember seeing the gap and thinking how it would even fit and be logical. While the detail is great, that to me seems to be the greatest feat accomplished here. It looks incredibly organic and like it was supposed to be there all along. As for weather, Mauretia is not too different from Drabantia, but we're used to these kinds of storms. In fact, they can be quite beautiful. Four seasons. It's gorgeous. — Alessa (talk) 03:25, 28 August 2018 (CEST)

Alessa! Thank you for always being so kind and supportive, I appreciate it a lot! Also, regardless of how many seasons there actually are in your country, Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi is gorgeous. --Eklas (talk) 20:49, 28 August 2018 (CEST)