Contrary to popular opinion, this May was one of the best we’ve had in 14 years. However, temperatures were very variable. This, in my opinion, contributed to “the cold”, which has been around most of our acquaintances and landed up with me 10 days ago. I’m still trying to shake it off. All marks of sympathy will be gratefully received as I struggle on to bring you the weather report for May.
Every month I post an update on how the weather has been in our corner of southwest France, based on the statistics we have kept since 1998. To see the other weather posts, please click on ‘Weather’ under the Topics tab in the right-hand sidebar.
Here are the figures.
Weather assessment for May
A quick reminder of our subjective weather assessment: we assign each day a plus if it’s fine, a minus if it’s bad and a zero if it’s indifferent or we can’t decide. In May, there were:
Pluses – 20
Zeros – 8
Minuses – 3
The chart shows the percentage of plus days each May for the past 14 years (the line is the trend). This May was one of the best, pipped at the post only by last May, which was exceptionally good, and equalled in 2009.
Our rainfall stats go back to August 2004. In May we had slightly more than the average rainfall (91.5mm as against 87.7mm) and it rained on 10 days as opposed to 10.4. With the high volume of rain we had in April, this means we have made up some of the deficit and are now running at about 90% of average rainfall for the year to date. The farmers are pleased since their hay crop has been much better than last year’s, when it was very dry.
We had a very wet spell a couple of weeks ago, which turned the local streams into raging torrents (see the photo of the River Bonnette above).
June has started hot and sultry. This is bound to end in thunder and cooler weather for a couple of days before it starts again. Here’s a dicton (saying) for June.
S’il pleut en juin, le jardinier ronge son poing. If it rains in June, the gardener bites his fist (out of anguish, I suppose).
Thanks to all the rain we’ve had, the fields and hedgerows are a riot of wild flowers this year. Here are a few shots I took on our weekly walk last Wednesday.
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