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Extreme weather warnings / Re: May's weather effort
« Last post by Lui on Today at 07:34:28 AM »
Our electrician told us to switch off the entire house at the Enel switch on the meter to protect all the hard wired items like the boiler as well as unplugging everything for the duration of the storm. Don't forget the phone too. As to the weather; after nearly 8 years here we've finally come to the conclusion that there is no normal yearly weather pattern at all and you get what you get when you get it!
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Extreme weather warnings / Re: May's weather effort
« Last post by Relaxed on Today at 12:15:51 AM »
Good advice to unplug everything - washing machines, dishwashers, boilers, just EVERYTHING.

It would be good to be able to unplug wisterias and similar jungly plants - but since that's not an option, never leave your house even just to nip to the shops without carrying a pair of secateurs - you might find you can't hack you way back inside if you aren't equipped!
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Extreme weather warnings / Re: May's weather effort
« Last post by GeordieBorn on Yesterday at 09:57:08 PM »
Be warned how serious these storms can be as an old forum member here lost a ew thousand Euro worth of electrics one year. Unplug the lot if the storm is near you!
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Extreme weather warnings / Re: May's weather effort
« Last post by Rustychain on Yesterday at 08:38:39 PM »
Make the most of the next few days? We've rain or thunderstorms forecast for 4 of the next 5 days!  ???

Had another Biblical downpour this afternoon. PLUS a clap of thunder that sounded like it was in the back garden. It had a 'crack' to it that was sharper-edged than a door slamming. Amazing.

I think that's the thing with being at altitude (500m here); we're sometimes eye-level with the storms.  ???
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Extreme weather warnings / Re: May's weather effort
« Last post by levissima on Yesterday at 05:02:47 PM »
Make the most of the next few days because the forecast is then for thunderstorms well into June!!

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Extreme weather warnings / May's weather effort
« Last post by Rustychain on May 21, 2018, 07:03:51 PM »
Based on May's weather to date I'm going to give it 3.5 / 10.

I think we've only had ONE totally dry day so far this month (in Civitella Casanova); it's been grey, cloudy, cool & damp / wet for most of it.

I'm sure that those closer to the coast / at lower altitudes will have fared better but it's by some margin the worst May we've had for weather since we came out here in 2013. And we've rain or thunderstorms forecast for the next 3 days.  :'(

At least the garden's loving it.  ;D
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Extreme weather warnings / Re: Rain heavy enough for you?!
« Last post by GeordieBorn on May 05, 2018, 12:44:46 PM »
Yesterday morning I managed to put my bamboo supports in the ground for the tomato plants and they went in so easy it was a delight. Didn't manage to get the tomato plants in though, rain stop play, maybe Monday!  :(

Ha! Yep, I was using an iron bar and sledge hammer with water poured on it to make holes for the canes last week. For the rest of the plants this week I was like you simply pushing them in as far as I wanted, so yes I suppose, that's another benefit of all this rain :-\
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Extreme weather warnings / Re: Rain heavy enough for you?!
« Last post by Brush Strokes on May 05, 2018, 11:55:02 AM »
Yesterday morning I managed to put my bamboo supports in the ground for the tomato plants and they went in so easy it was a delight. Didn't manage to get the tomato plants in though, rain stop play, maybe Monday!  :(
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Extreme weather warnings / Re: Rain heavy enough for you?!
« Last post by GeordieBorn on May 05, 2018, 11:46:16 AM »
Accuweather is predicting the same type of weather for the rest of the month!  ::) Just hoping they have the forecast as wrong as they have most weeks recently. But unfortunately Il Meteo and Yahoo have a similar mixed bag, ah well the veg plants and weeds are loving it.
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Extreme weather warnings / Rain heavy enough for you?!
« Last post by Rustychain on May 05, 2018, 11:29:31 AM »
After a couple of glorious weeks in April, the weather's hit the buffers in May.

We've just had an hour or so of some of the heaviest rain I've ever seen; our drain covers were bubbling up under the force of water coming off the house roof & I had cause to nip into the village & it wasn't so much a case of the roads being turned into rivers, more a case of them being turned into brown waterfalls. I can't remember seeing anything quite like it.

There is gravel & mud all over the roads & I'm sure this will lead to some landslides somewhere or other. Not only that but we've got rain or thunderstorms forecast for pretty much the whole of the coming week.

It's only a week or so since I was planting a few things out in the garden & even at more than a spade's depth the soil was as dry as Gandhi's flip-flops. No longer!
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