Saturday, September 1, 2012

End-of-Summer Rain

Sicily weather.
Following the long, dry, hot, sunny Summer, Sicily usually gets its first real rain right around September 1st. It's almost like magical clockwork, and this year was no exception.

This morning around 4:15 a 20-minute thunder shower rumbled northward from Agrigento across the Sicanian Mountains to Palermo. After Italy's driest Summer in fifty years, the rain was a pleasure to behold. If anything, it didn't last long enough! But it was sufficient to clean the heavy air a bit, and there was more rain throughout the morning. It was also nice that the temperature dropped by a few degrees, at least for a while. For Sicily weather forecasts and climate information - with a chart showing annual rainfall - check out our dedicated page.

Incidentally, the leaf shown here is from a plane tree, European kin of the American sycamore.

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