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Monday, 21 September 2009

It's Raining, It's Pouring

We have had a very warm summer - apparently one of the hottest Augusts in many years. As a result of this, everyone has warned us that there will be a terrible Gota Fria this year. (Gota Fria literally means 'cold drop' and refers to the change in the weather.)

In 2007, when we moved here, there was the worst Gota Fria in 50 years. The devastation was terrible. Last year, there was a Gota Fria again, although not quite as bad, the storms were awful and even led to 2 people drowning in our village. Now, we are expecting the same again. Thank goodness we live where we do, at the top of the town, only a few houses higher than us.

Last week, we had the first of the annual rain. Within just a few minutes, the 3 terraces were awash. But a few hours later, all was dry and sunny again!

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