The weather post is late this month. This is because we have spent most of this week cutting and stacking four tonnes of oak wood for the winter. It is delivered in metre lengths and we cut each one into three so that it fits into our poêle (woodburner). It’s hard, repetitive work and doesn’t leave much time – or energy – for anything else. But it’s satisfying when you see the end result (above). As we worked at temperatures exceeding 33 C in the afternoons, it was a little difficult to imagine cosy evenings in front of the poêle but they will arrive soon enough.
By a coincidence, the day our wood arrived, the ramoneur (chimney sweep) phoned to see if we wanted his services this year. We did. He provides a certificate to the effect that he has done it – useful for insurance purposes in case of a fire to prove that we have kept our chimney swept.
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 August
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 August, we had:
Pluses – 24
Zeros – 6
Minuses – 1
The chart shows the percentage of plus days each August for the past 16 years (the line is the trend). This was one of the finer Augusts. Only three others have been better: 2012, 2009 and the blisteringly hot summer of 2003.
Our rainfall stats go back to August 2004. We would normally expect 62.6 mm of rain in August but had only 36.5 mm (58%) this year. It still rained on nine days (the average is around eight).
It has been very dry indeed for the past few weeks and we have watered more than at any time over the summer. Our lawn is brown and crisp: even the plantains don’t grow now. However, the total for the year to date is still well above the average at 698.5 mm compared with an average of 564.4. Hopefully, the aquifers filled up during the lousy winter, spring and early summer we had. There has to be some compensation for all that rain.
Now for the conundrum. What do you think these objects are? Suggestions below, please, and I will provide the correct answer next week.
Here’s another photo of similar objects in a different location.
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