|Somewhere over the rainbow(s)|
November is traditionally the wettest month of the year here;
back in November 2009 when hubby & I made our
first joint house hunting trip we arrived in 20+ degrees
& brilliant sunshine - we were not to see the sun again
for 10 days.
|Sunshine & showers|
But for the past 2 years, we've not had those November rains - in
fact, they've been very mild & we've even been able to go to the
beach for the afternoon in summer attire (not quite bikini
weather, but wearing a short skirt & t-shirt in November is still somewhat a novelty).
|November showers in the Gulf of Salerno|
However, those mild Novembers have both been followed
by harsh winters; 2010/11 was the first time we saw
snow on Il Molare, above the Amalfi coast, & that was
something we had not expected to see - Amalfi's a
sunshine destination! And we had snow on the
mountains close by but not actually on Leila's Mountain.
Then last winter was the coldest for 40 years & we DID
get snow at Il Sogno.
|February 2013 & we have snow!|
This first week of November has been mixed so far - Friday
was very summer like & we sat at Marina Piccola with our
gelati, basking in the sun. Saturday saw a mostly
sunny day, with a shower in the afternoon that gave us
the double rainbow in my photo at the top of this blog post.
Then Monday & Tuesday were both stormy days;
Monday's storm lasted for over 5 hours & as I sat here
on my laptop, I saw a lightning bolt strike in the back garden -
yet another 'first' for me.
|A cloudy dawn sky made intense blue by sheet lightning above|
& we've just heard from Angelo that several houses
in Giungatelle were damaged in the storms.
Maybe that means that this November will revert to
the expected pattern & winter won't be so harsh -
|Beginning of a November sunset|