There nevertheless are lot of hours that earning a living took from our days that we now are deciding various ways to put to good use. My colleagues gave me money for a weather station as a retirement gift. Obtaining it here was a challenge. The people at Oregon Scientific (in Oregon) told me to buy the gear in Europe so the electrics worked, etc. Well, the Italian website wouldn't take an American credit card, the English website had some issues with credit card security that I didn’t like--so I turned to another English retail site and they would sell, but not ship to Italy! I ended up shipping it to our Welsh friend in London who drove the stuff down to us. At times it seems everyone is conspiring against Americans.
But it came this month and it set up on the roof just fine after some initial scenic quality issues:
I guess I miffed some English friends when I suggested that a little rain would be nice. If you come from London, you’ll never miss rain?! Sunshine is great, but I like the change in weather and the views that weather brings. I can record rainfall, temperature, humidity, wind direction and wind speed and also see things as they happen. The storms we had last week left us with 3.69 inches (93.8mm) of rain in three days. We had some wind gusts to 37 mph. That sounds like Zigzag, Oregon where I worked! The storms always come as squalls that don’t last, but you get a series of squalls one after the other. I watched the squall in the first picture above come ashore and make its way to us. Anyway, these late summer storms are similar to the winter storms here, but they are much more frequent and stronger in winter. Last week’s weather ended three months of sunshine and I also put long pants and socks/shoes on for the first time in months. Today, people are all back at the beach.
PS, I didn’t read the small print and the weather gear doesn’t come with software for Macs, so if I want to download to the laptop, I have to spend another $50 for some private software. Aieeee
Di and I loved to watch thunderstorms in Oregon but the ones here are impressive! We unplug the computer when they get close. They almost always knock-put our wireless internet for half a day or more. I managed to get some pics of a storm that was in the Diamante area south of us:
My other hobby-- the remodel --will be complete this month we think. Just waiting on the kitchen components, some marble for the fireplace, iron railings and final details...
Ciao a presto, Guido