The storm has gone:
I hear the joyful birds, the hen,
returning to the path,
renews her cackling. See the clear sky
opening from the west, over the mountain:
the landscape clarifies,
the river gleams bright in the valley.
Yesterday morning when I arrived at the office, this poem by Giacomo Leopardi came to mind. It really captures the progression of the season in recent days.
The weather forecasts called for snow yesterday, even at lower altitudes. It snowed in Florence and Siena and Mt. Amiata received abundant snowfall. But here in Sant'Angelo in Colle, the weather was fair and the workers spent their day in the vineyards.
From November 1, 2011 to February 12, 2012, we had 150 mm of rain here. During the same period in 2012-2013, we saw 400 mm of rain.
This is good news because the soil needed rain and this reserve of water will help us in the summer.
As you can see in the photo, the Orcia River (which has its source in Cetona and has a fine river basin) has only a modest water level, a sign that there hasn't been so much rain here.