We finally got some rain. Two weeks ago, on Labor Day, we were treated to light rain for several hours. It was enough that even the soil under the tree canopy got wet. It was the first rain we’d seen since May, breaking what for us seemed like a 3-month drought but is actually the normal summer weather for this part of Greece. We were ecstatic.
As is usual here the arrival of rain meant a change in the weather, and we were treated to a week of rain. That first day’s rain completely soaked into the parched, powdered soil but by the third day, water was running off into the drainage channels, carrying enormous quantities of mud and trash into the Gulf. The fourth day saw very heavy rainfall, with tragic consequences in the southern Peloponnese, where 5 people were killed in flooding.
Water running across the pavement did a great job of carrying off lots of heat, too. When it was over, summer’s back had clearly been broken and since then we’ve enjoyed highs in the mid 80s, lows in the low 70s, and breezes turning to the north/northwest.
Last week was near ideal, with the air scrubbed clear, the mountains finally emerging from behind the haze-skrim that had obscured them all of July and August, occasional whitecaps on the Gulf, and slowly (slowly) diminishing indoor temps. It was 84 inside the last week of August, and now it’s dropped to 80.
This morning, I was awakened by thunder and heavy rain, forecast for later in the day. Sitting on the balcony, we were treated to a spectacular light show, as lightening spiderwebbed across the clouds and a rainbow appeared in the west, opposite the rising sun. During a break in the action I ran out to grab the top photo, of Mt. Gerania down the Gulf.
We joke that there’s no day quite as fine as a rainy day in Greece, and today was no exception. After running our AM errands, a brilliant blue sky encouraged us to start a load of laundry, and it was 99% dry by lunch time, when light sprinkles had us run for the clotheslines in the back. In between, the mountains were crystal clear and I stopped again for a photo of Mt. Ellikon.
True to form, more rain’s coming this week, maybe even into the weekend. But it was beautiful for a sunset volta this evening. I couldn’t resist snapping the last light of day on the clouds over the Sikelianos house.
The weather cycle is coming back around to where we joined it last spring, and it’s beginning to feel as if our stay is complete.