‘What can I say about the weather down here in [month] that is repeatable in polite company?’ About which month did I write this? Answer: May. About which other months in 2013 could I have written it? Answer: January, February, March, April and June. Last month continued the pattern of dire weather since the beginning of the year.
Everyone has been long-faced and the weather has been the major topic of conversation. The only bright spot has been that the garden has burgeoned because of the rainfall but everything is very late this year. A French friend invited us to pick cherries from his trees. He reckoned they would be ripe later this week.
‘That seems a bit late,’ I remarked.
‘It’s a whole month late this year,’ he replied.
However, the gardens during Rendezvous aux Jardins weekend looked lovely this year. Here are some photos from the garden of Terri Tippett, an Englishwoman living near Parisot who is a garden designer.
‘How did you get your garden to grow like this?’ I asked enviously.
‘I imported 20 truckloads of soil.’
Not something I shall be doing anytime soon.
Now, on to the weather. 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 June
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 June, there were:
Pluses – 12
Zeros – 8
Minuses – 10
The graph shows the percentage of plus days each June for the past 16 years (the line is the trend). This makes June 2013 the worst we have had over that period, in common with January and May. The other months this year were not quite in the same category but were still amongst the worst.
In 2013 to date we have had only 48 pluses. Over the same period in 2012 we had 80, 2011 (101), 2010 (68), 2009 (89).
Our rainfall stats go back to August 2004. In June, we had 58.5 mm compared to an average of 58.8 mm. It rained on 10 days as opposed to nine. This puts June on the average. However, it was generally gloomy, cold and damp. You couldn’t organise an outside event without having a Plan B (like our fête at Teysseroles and some friends’ 50th wedding anniversary).
This week, things have been looking up and the forecast is for fine weather for the foreseeable future. Everyone down here feels we deserve it.
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