Wetter

This is one German word I’m having no trouble translating. Because the weather is in fact wetter.

Don’t be fooled by all those stunning photos I’ve been posting. In between the odd gorgeous day with blue skies and sunshine have been a multitude of days with rain, cloud, storms and fog. Especially lately. It seems that every day brings constantly changing skies. Although we are somewhat protected by the mountains that surround us, we do get some nasty winds and violent thunder-bangers (there is one going on as I write this).

Still, we are far less exposed than our neighbours in Zurich, Zug or Lucerne where a hail storm recently ended in this scene:

We have had some lovely weather, just not when we expected it. I think it’s down to climate change in part but we haven’t been here long enough to say what is normal or not for this part of Switzerland.

On the whole I don’t mind the weather here, even if it is wetter. In this first year in our new place, we’ve had more snow than I’ve seen since leaving Canada, as late as April this year. Along with beautiful, sunny days and overall cooler temperatures than in France. Which suits me fine. Our southern exposure can get searingly hot on fine days but thanks to the mountains, the direct sun goes off our terrace by mid-afternoon, giving the apartment plenty of time to cool down before bed time.

Given the tropical storm that permanently rages in my hormone-challenged brain, I had thought living without A/C again would be impossible. But so far, a couple of fans are doing the trick on the hottest nights.

And the view around here is such that even waking up to rain isn’t too depressing. Just look what this morning brought!

How has the weather near you been lately? Wetter or not?

24 comments

  1. Taste of France · July 9

    Your views are breathtaking!
    We had a big storm a few weeks ago that raised the river drastically and quickly, but no floods. It does flood here–flash floods that happen in a couple of hours before barreling downstream, leaving behind devastation, mud and lingering high waters. We also get wildfires. It’s all or nothing. So the rain lately has been welcome, keeping things green instead of brown.

    • MELewis · July 10

      I guess flash floods and wildfires are the flip side of living in the south. I remember even in Lyon things would get so dry in summer that walking on the grass was like dry cornflakes, and when it rained the water just rushed off without sinking in. Hope this ‘wetter’ season helps you enjoy a softer summer still with plenty of sunshine.

  2. acflory · July 9

    lol – our autumn was very wet, but we’ve been getting some bright but very cold days [by our standards]. Down to 2C this morning. Much as I love your magnificent vistas, I don’t think I could live with snow. Brrrrrr…..

    • MELewis · July 10

      We didn’t actually go that far below 0C last year. But lots of the white stuff, mostly rather wet. Believe it or not, the snow actually makes things feel warmer. Coming from a true Canuck!

      • acflory · July 10

        Warmer? Um…I’ll have to take your word on that! I’ve only ever seen snow first hand once, and I have no desire to experience it again! 😀

      • MELewis · July 10

        🥶☃️❄️😊

  3. Elyse · July 9

    Lovely photos. However, it’s climate change, so sad to say. Florida has been cooler and wetter than the Pacific Northwest which reached deadly hi temps of 115 degrees F. After losing our home to hurricane flooding in 2016, the reality became all too clear for me. UN leaders meet in Glasgow in November (COP26) to assess our progress (or lack thereof) on reducing carbon emissions. The window for action is closing. We must give voice to the earth…a phone call, a letter, a prayer, a blog post. Thanks for the space. I love you MEL 😘. E

    • MELewis · July 10

      Aw, Elyse! You warm my heart even if the news is not heartening for our planet. We did hear about the incredibly high temperatures on the west coast — 49C near Vancouver! After a year in which the only story in the news was Covid (and a little bit of US politics, ha ha) it is good to see other, vital topics back on the agenda. Thanks for the reminder! Grosses bises xo

  4. Mary Katherine · July 9

    Love the photos, and the hailstorm – good grief!!! Here in Kentucky, we’re having a normal hot and extremely HUMID summer so far. Bugs are vicious – grateful for a non-noxious-chemical repellent I’ve found (https://buggleblue.com)

    • MELewis · July 10

      Wow, that product sounds like a lifesaver! Will check if it’s available on our side of the pond. We are fortunate not to have too many bugs, although the flies right now are truly annoying. The price we pay for so many windows and not enough screens… Hope you stay cool over the summer!

  5. Joanne Sisco · July 9

    Oh Mel – how I can relate to the phrase “the tropical storm that permanently rages in my hormone-challenged brain”!!

    While last year at this time we were broiling under the hottest summer on record, this summer (so far) has been wet and soggy. I fear I may soon start developing webbed feet 😉
    Having said that, I simply LOVE a good thunder-banger and the cooler temperatures suit me just fine!

    • MELewis · July 10

      I’m with you, Joanne! This menopause thing is all the more annoying as the tropical moments seem to go on forever. Mine began in 2006 and I’m beginning to wonder if there will be an end to it all other than advanced old ladyhood. Hope your summer gets drier — as the saying goes in Canada, “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!”

      • Joanne Sisco · July 12

        There are just so many indignities about aging that no one ever talks about and becomes a nasty surprise when they finally catch up with you.

        Hot flashes seem to have died down for me over the past couple of years {following to my knees in gratitude} but let’s talk chin hairs! For the love of all things good and holy – WHY?!!

      • MELewis · July 14

        I can only reply with the famous line from George Burns when asked how it felt to be so old: “I suppose it’s better than the alternative.” 😅

      • Joanne Sisco · July 14

        😆

  6. Suzanne et Pierre · July 9

    Very nice place. You are lucky!
    Here the summer weather has been a real yoyo. We go from quite hot to quite cool. We had 30C and then 19C…a bit cloudy these days after months without rain. It has been a bit difficult to adjust as it is so changing. (Suzanne)

    • MELewis · July 10

      That’s it, exactly Suzanne — the seemingly endless weather changes take their toll. Although I suppose it’s better than just plain old rain and grey skies. Too many of those in a row are frankly depressing, at least in summer. Hope you are able to get out and enjoy the summer which is all too short in your parts!

      • Suzanne et Pierre · July 10

        Yes, we are still enjoying the summer. We go outside as much as we can as you are right it is short…Today is warmer and sunny so a much better day…

  7. Dale · July 10

    I thought you were going to give us the German word! That said, we had some humdinger rain the last few days – not complaining except that I got caught in it. Twice. We really needed it. The heat was gross and humid and I welcome the past few cool days, knowing more heat and humidity are on their way.

    • MELewis · July 10

      Ah, Dale, did my word play not hit the mark? Wetter IS the German word, ha ha! Maybe too much humidity on the brain — I get it!!!

      • Dale · July 10

        D’oh… Must have been tired…😳🙄🤣

  8. Colin Bisset · July 11

    I think when you’re lucky enough to have such a splendid view it’s fascinating to see how much it can change, depending on the weather. Really connects you to your environs and a daily pleasure!

    • MELewis · July 14

      You are right, Colin, the weather combined with the view offers a permanent outdoor screen of ever-changing entertainment. Although right now it’s turning into a suspense film as so much rain in the past few days has pushed us to floor level risk 5 on Lake Lucerne and other parts of central Switzerland.

  9. Vanessa in France · July 14

    It’s certainly wetter here this year. We are on for record rainfall in July, at least as long as we’ve been measuring it, which is about 20 years. No canicule in July so far. I don’t mind, since when it is fine we can get outside and do things. You certainly have a fabulous view.

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