Yesterday afternoon I decided to take a picture of our nice sunny weather out the kitchen window. When I picked up the camera, I found it didn't have a card in it. I looked at the camera's internal storage, and I found a photo I'd forgotten. It's the same scene exactly, looking out the same window. Look at the difference.
January 20, 2013
February 6, 2013
I think I'll take the second view, please, many times over through February and March. And on the same subject...
TF1's evening journal télévisé last night featured a report saying that, according to official weather statistics, the January we just suffered through here in northern France was the grayest month of January, with the fewest hours of sunshine, in more than 60 years.
Did Walt ever post a picture of this Tarte Tatin that he made a while back?
It brightened up a couple of dreary winter days, for sure.
The TF1 report picked the upper Burgundy town of Auxerre as its example. Auxerre is about two hours south of Paris, and about three hours east of Blois. Les pauvres Auxerrois got a total of 14 hours of sunshine over the course of the entire month of January 2013. France 3 TV, I see on the web, reported similar statistics for the towns of Troyes and Langres, farther east. Reims (in Champagne) had 80% less sunshine than in an average month of January.
I don't have statistics, but I can't imagine that Saint-Aignan got much more January sunshine than Auxerre or Troyes. Remember all those black & white photos I was posting last month? The news reports say that luminothérapie devices — special sun lamps, for example — are big sellers in the stores this winter. And the sunny islands near the equator in the Indian Ocean are attracting a lot of French vacationers.