There is a saying in Portugal that goes: e próprio do mês de abril, as águas serem às mil. It translates very roughly as follows: it is right that in the month of April the rainfall comes in thousands (it rhymes in Portugese). That certainly seems to be the case this year and the rain (which also fell in March) continues to fall.
My Vineyard Blog April 2016
I woke up to the sound of a cuckoo this at 5.30 this morning but it does not feel very spring-like here. It is a national holiday today (Corpo de Deus) but it is all hands to the pumps (literally) as we prepare to bottle Pedra Basta Branco 2015 and Pedra Basta Parcela Granito 2014 tomorrow. Spring has been abnormally wet with the April showers turning into a May downpour. It rained heavily form the 5th to 13th May before the thermometer short up to 30oC for a day or so on 19th.
You may have noticed that I have become a bit of a weather obcessive so it is with some delight that I have been invited by the BBC in Leeds to take part in a programme called the Weather Show. It is presented by Paul Hudson who presents the weather on Look North and insists on showing a map of Europe and the Atlantic before focusing on the weather for Yorkshire and North Derbyshire. Over the past few days I have watched the Atlantic depressions pileing in over Portugal.