Actually, I don’t remember much about the weather in November. This is mainly because I was glued to my computer writing my novel. Yes, I know you’re fed up with hearing about it and so is the SF, who had to live through it all, so I won’t mention it anymore. But for all I knew, it could have been a sweltering heatwave or the new ice age outside. In the event, it wasn’t either of those.
Before going on to the weather, let me plug our two forthcoming carol services for those of you who live in, or are visiting, the region. The choeur de Parisot, of which the SF and I are both members, will be singing Christmas carols in English, French, Latin and Dutch (!) under the direction of Peter Nowfel as follows:
- Sunday 9th December at the church of Saint-Etienne, Cajarc (Lot) at 16h00.
- Sunday 16th December at the church of Saint-Andéol, Parisot (Tarn-et-Garonne) at 17h00 (note the later time), followed by mulled wine and eats at the salle des fêtes.
There will also be readings of nine lessons. Number 5 is the one to look out for – I’ll be reading that one in French – where the shepherds visit the baby Jesus in Bethlehem. Better get practising, then.
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.
Weather assessment for November
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 November, there were:
Pluses – 9
Zeros – 10
Minuses – 11
The graph shows the percentage of plus days each November for the past 15 years (the line is the trend). This was a pretty average November in terms of pluses. We’ve had 6 worse, 7 better and one the same.
Our rainfall stats go back to August 2004. The volume rainfall in November was a bit less than average at 62.5 mm compared with 69.1 mm but it rained on 10 days and the average is 10.2 days.
Winter is the time when it should rain a lot to fill up the aquifers. Ironically, if you look at the chart below, you’ll see that it has rained less than average in the winter months and more than average in the spring and summer. Overall we have had about 88% of the average annual rainfall so far (673 mm as opposed to 763 mm). So there’s a bit to catch up.
We had 4 frost nights, which is a bit less than the November average.
December has started cold, grey and damp. It’s forecast to get brighter but much colder. I must say, I prefer that, provided it doesn’t snow since we always get snowed in here. Here’s a dicton (saying) about December:
Décembre trop beau, été dans l’eau – If December’s too fine, summer will be wet.
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