What a nice day we had yesterday! The high temperature was only 71ºF (22ºC), and it rained for several hours. Accuweather says 4 millimeters of rain fell. That's not much — less than two-tenths of an inch. But we'll take what we can get. We'll check our own rain gauge once the sun comes up.
You can see how dry the ground was (and is still) in the photo above. I took the picture three days ago. The ground around the vineyard is just parched. Only the vines and trees are green, and that's because they have very deep roots.
There are a lot of blue grapes on the vines, that's for sure. I looked at the regional newspaper's web site yesterday to see if a date for the start of the grape harvest has been announced, but I didn't find anything. It's bound to be earlier than in most years, with the heat and drought we've been having. One of our neighbors, who has a daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren living the the Los Angeles area, is convinced that because of climate change France's weather patterns are starting to resemble California's, with wet winters and long dry, hot summers.
The weather is supposed to turn dry again starting today, and stay dry all next week. That's according to meteociel.com. The pink grapes (Sauvignon Rose, I think they're called) in the photo above will be happy if that forecast comes true. No big worries about blight (mildiou).