Yesterday we seemed to be on the southeastern edge of the stormy weather that's moving through France right now. Today, we seem to be on the northeastern edge of a new storm center moving in. There's something climatically significant about the wide, long Loire River Valley that makes heavy weather track either north or south of it, often protecting us from the extremes.
Yesterday morning was beautiful. I took my camera out at sunrise when I went walking with the dog. Sunrise is still late here — between 8 and 8:30. There was basically no wind at that point. And it was pretty. The rain moved through starting around noontime.
It's a lot windier right now, but the worst part of the new storm is on the southwest coast, around Bordeaux. MétéoFrance has that area under a red alert for violent winds and heavy rains. The areas immediately south of us — the Indre and Indre-et-Loire départements — as well as the southern part of the Loir-et-Cher where we live, are experiencing fairly strong winds too. As I type this, I can hear gusts whooshing through the trees in our yard.
It looks like the strong wind and heavy rain will move off by this afternoon. I'm just glad it hasn't been any worse here in Saint-Aignan. We actually needed the rain.