Good morning from Sfakera, slightly chilly feel despite being 7.5C at 8:30am. There are banks of cloud to the North and North East with Albania almost hidden, you can just make out part of the shoreline. The rest is clear apart from a line of large fluffy clouds on the distant westerly horizon. The sun is up and the air is still.
Yesterday we had a perfect sunny morning enabling me to strim the verges outside my house and my neighbours. After a lunch in garden a few clouds, white, start to appear from the west and south west giving us an afternoon of sunny intervals. It looked like the clouds had won the day but the sun reappeared below them to give us a lovely bright yellow sunset. Sadly this time no real colours to sky once it had slipped from view. Fortunately the clouds quickly moved NE and did not interrupt our second view of the full "Super Snow" moon. Just as clear as the previous night, just as bright making very clear shadows.
The maximum temperature was 14.3c and the minimum was 7.5c.
i thought I would pop in information on the moons cycle as we have been talking about the "Super Snow" moon. Now the moon starts to wane. Before it was waxing.
The moon appears to wax and wane through different phases due to how much of its illuminated surface is visible from Earth. At any given time, half the moon is illuminated by the sun's light. Depending on where the moon is in relation to the Earth, the amount of illuminated surface changes. The ratio of illuminated surface to shadowed surface creates the phases. When the moon is between the Earth and the sun, its illuminated side faces away from the planet. This is a new moon, when the visible surface is completely dark. As the moon travels through its orbit, the illuminated surface slowly becomes visible, waxing into first a crescent moon and then a half moon. After the half-moon comes a gibbous moon, in which three-quarters of the illuminated surface is visible. Finally, when the moon is directly opposite the sun, it becomes a full moon with its illuminated face entirely visible. The moon's phase also determines when it becomes visible in the sky. A new moon is in the sky at the same time as the sun, and therefore is not visible with the naked eye. As the moon waxes, it begins to rise later in the day, until the full moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. The waning moon continues this pattern, rising later and later, until the new moon rises with the sun once again.
good morning from Sfakera where it much of the same but Albania is visible through a sea haze, the sea a paler blue and calm, the sun up, the air still and plenty of high thin layers off cloud to be seen to the north and west. Only 7.8c at 9am.
yesterday was a mostly sunny day, there were large passing clouds of the fluffy type, some were grey in colour. A light wind picked up in the afternoon which quickly cleared the clouds away to leave us with a perfect late afternoon. The afternoons are stretching out now and it was gone 6.15 before the bright yellow sun finally set. Soon we again had a wonderful starlit night with the moon joining much later; almost as bright as it has been the last two days.
The maximum temperature was 15.7c and the minimum was 7.5c.
Good morning from Sfakera where it feels chilly despite being 7.5c at 8:30am, the air is still, the sun is out but there is a hazy mist hanging around meaning we cannot see Albania and even places more than 4km away appear in a thin haze. The sea looks calm. Again there is a heavy dew but not as bad as the last few days - keep the soil damp for the winter vegetables; however cars and metal gates are dripping wet.
Yesterday was again a glorious sunny day with the hint of a gentle wind now and again.The mornings passing clouds had all gone by mid afternoon leaving the sun to keep us warm through til sunset; this was a large deep yellow ball sinking slowly in the west at just after 6:20pm for me. Again not much colour in the sky before night fell. A beautiful starlit night followed, everything very clear to the eye; towards the west the night sky looked a silvery white due to the brightness of the waning moon even though it was still not visible to me; when it did become so after 11pm it was very bright but looked a bit creamy in colour against the brilliant white of the full moon a few days ago.
The maximum temperature was 16.2c and the minimum was 7.2c.
New cold weather front to sweep through Greece - this I believe means we are on the very edge of the front and so we should expect strong winds and rain rather than snow (maybe we will see more snow on Albania) but we will also feel a drop in temperature from the current 16c by day to as low as 10c. Looks like I will need to get the wood in for the sombre.
Weather A new cold weather system, dubbed Okeanis by the National Meteorological Service, is to hit the country on Saturday morning, sending temperatures plunging by more than 10 degrees Celsius in some parts and bringing snowfall to much of the country. The cold front is to move in from the north, where heavy snowfall is expected, while strong winds and storms are forecast at sea and in coastal areas, with hail in some parts. Winds in the northern Aegean will reach up to 10 Beaufort, while snow is expected to fall in mountainous parts of Attica on Saturday afternoon, with the possibility of snow or frost in central Athens at night. Conditions are expected to ease from Monday.
Good morning from Sfakera where it has just started to rain after there being rumbles of thunder for an hour or so. We have 100% grey cloud cover as the expected weather front arrives; fortunate it is mild no wind as yet as North Central Greece (Thessolonika area) had a considerable amount of snow overnight. I can only see the lower slopes of Albania so it is too early to see if they had fresh snow or not. At 9am it was 9.9c but has dropped a little since rain began. As I write it is getting darker and the rain heavier. Good job we had the advance weather warning so I prepared for an indoors day after going shopping.
yesterdays sunny start was lovely but it didn't last too long before white fluffy clouds started rolling in from the SW and W almost unseen as they didn't affect the sun. By midday we were down to sunny intervals and by 1pm it was total cloud although we did get a hint of sun trying to break through after 4pm. At 2pm we had a light shower that continued for almost 2 hours before clearing. During the early evening the wind picked up a bit and the clouds cleared to give us a starlit night but sometime in the early hours the clouds started to roll in again but this time they were grey and menacing.
The maximum temperature was 14.0c and the minimum 7.3c.
Can't believe we're actually warmer than you are, Dave, we're in Amsterdam and the weather is beautiful ... been reading about the Bora winds that are behind it all and it must be very scary in some areas with hurricane-force winds. Hols on to your hat!
morning Steve; yes Western Europe bask in warm weather; record temperature for February in Scotland since 1897! while Eastern Europe especially the Balkans are having terrible weather. Fortunately we are on the edge of it here in Corfu. Yesterday the snow was terrible in north central Greece; in Xanthi the F8 winds (no snow) caused the football to be abandoned as the Perspex was ripped off one dugout and the floodlight pylons rocked like bamboos. Thessolonika had nearly 4 inches (more in gusting winds) of a slushy type snow. This morning the roads in many areas of Greece are sheets of ice now as the uncleared slushy snow froze. The Southern areas of the Aegean and Crete suffered with near hurricane force winds as well as rains and snow.
Meanwhile in Corfu there are reports of a few sleet flurries on Pantocrator but I've not seen any photos but the day wasn't too bad when you look at the rest of Greece......see below
Least the warm weather will keep you tan topped up!!!!
Good morning from a chilly Sfakera; though 7.3c at 8:30 am it is mild compared to the mainland but a gentle breeze brings us a cold feeling from the newly re snow capped peaks of Albania (the snow there widespread, only on the higher peaks and not as thick as in January). We have dark grey clouds to the SW and W; lighter thinner grey clouds with some breaks to the N and NE, whiter clouds with hint of grey to the SE and S. Despite this the sun is trying to break through. The sea is calming but is still a little choppy and I guess waves are still breaking. We are forecast a mixed bag of possible rain, lots clouds and some sun as the Okeanis (pronounces Oceanis) weather front slowly breaks up with warmer weather to follow during the week.
yesterday the rains remained for nearly 2 1/2 hours and were heavy at times (during this time the temperature dropped by 0.7c); the visibility reduced and Albania vanished behind a shield of light grey almost cream mist (probably sleet/snow). It stopped before midday and the light wind soon started to dry the roads and the surface water drained away. Just after 1pm there were signs of the sun trying to break through but as the winds picked up so more clouds rolled in and we had a grey, chilly afternoon. The sea became full of whitetops. However, apart from the odd gusts the wind never really got too strong and was nowhere near the F6-7 forecast for us. The wind and clouds stayed with us for the rest of the day and it was gone 10pm before the winds started to ease but there was still full cloud cover.
So despite being 9.9 c at 9am yesterday's maximum was only 10.8c. The minimum was 8.5c.
Good morning from a very chilly Sfakera, 4.8c at 8:30am. The night started starlit and cloudless but in the hours before dawn the clouds rolled in accompanied by a gentle cold breeze. This morning we see 75% cloud cover, mostly grey. There is a large bank to the SW and elsewhere there are breaks in the clouds. There are sunny intervals. This is due to clear today and the temperatures are due to climb towards 18c over the next few days but with chilly nights for about a week. The sea still looks a little choppy with some small whitetops in view. Albania is clear today, cloud capped above the partially sunlit snowy peaks.
Yesterday the early morning clouds slowly began to clear, the sun rose around 10am as I was walking up to Nymphes for the football. The clouds continued to disperse and by midday there were just some white clouds to the South. There was a light wind blowing down the hills through the olive groves giving it a chilly feel if not out in the direct sun. The afternoon was beautiful sunshine but there was always the cold breeze around; a bank of white cloud appeared to the northern horizon. A great day if out walking or working outside; smoke from fires in the olive groves could be seen all around; the sound of chainsaws working was dominating the gunshots and birdsong; others were using axes to break down the logs; people were working in their gardens or on their smallholdings readying for the sowing of potatoes in early March and other crops. There were some low clouds to the West so the sunset was nothing worth watching; more a signal to light unlit sombres in readiness for the falling temperature. The lack of clouds locally gave us a lovely starlit evening but also ensured the temperature fell away quickly.
The maximum temperature was 13.5c and the minimum was 7.1c.
Good morning from Sfakera where it is still just below 5c at 8am; it is cloudless, the gentlest of breezes, clear and the sun is rising. The Albanian peaks, still snow capped, glisten in the sun, the sea looking calmer and all looks set for a fine day.
Yesterday morning we had long sunny intervals as the clouds slowly turned white then disappeared aided by a light wind that was gusting about. Sitting on the balcony you could see patches of trees or bamboos rocking in the wind whilst just a few metres away others were statuesque. When the wind came to where you were it had a real chill to it you could instantly feel; however if you could remain in the direct sun and sheltered it felt nice and warm. The sea had small rollers and whitetops. A real transitional day as the dregs of the old weather front linger about. By mid afternoon it was almost cloudless but the wind was still there preventing the temperature from rising. A light yellow sunset gave way to a cream sky for a while before night fall when we again had a wonderful display of the stars in all their glory - they still haven't replaced the bulb opposite me so I get a grandstand view. The temperature fell away quickly to give a very chilly late evening for anyone out and about.
the maximum temperature was 12.8c and the minimum was 3.9c.
Meanwhile the affects of storm Okeanis around Greece were being shown on national tv. In Crete they have had a years rainfall in 4 days; floods, landslides and torrential rain. The rivers very fast flowing and bursting their banks where possible. The news reporter was stood on a river bank outside Chania by a lovely old bridge (built 1908) showing the gushing flow of the river and saying it was a threat to the bridge which was closed to traffic. You could hear locals in the background talking in panic and suddenly as she spoke the bridge collapsed in the centre into the river. Another more modern bridge also collapsed causing some serious travel problems in the area. The snow in northern Greece had stopped but are still causing problems especially in areas where it was windy and banks of deep snow built up. The roads in Thessolonika are now clear as things slowly get back to normal.
I have noticed but we are not jealous here as we know we are guaranteed a hot summer and the weather now is perfect for outdoors days with evenings by the fire. And its warming up slowly day by day. Yesterday when sat in the sun sheltered from the light wind the real feel here was 18.5c; we hope from today that wind has finally stopped.
In my life I remember nice early Springs in the UK followed by frosts and snow in early April so as I tell my children, enjoy it while it lasts......so they went picnicking at the weekend
kaz: Just got on my 'puter..thanks for missing me!!...I am there in spirit (always)just wish my BODY was !!!never mind, next year with luck ( before I have to use a walking frame!!!)glad the weather is good for you all....hold on, just want to wipe the tears
Sept 11, 2019 19:50:02 GMT 2
kaz: Now my puter is playing up.......I cant win
Sept 11, 2019 19:53:37 GMT 2
kaz: Hope Forum meetings are going well?? I miss them too xxxx
Sept 11, 2019 20:01:03 GMT 2
kaz: Weather in Kent is very hot...........still not as nice as being in Roda!!!
Sept 17, 2019 16:19:06 GMT 2
kaz: Nights are drawing in...curtains closed.....lights on.........just not looking forward to a long Winter again ( it comes round so quick!!)...Just Xmas to look forward to now, then the New Year and THEN holidays in Roda
Sept 25, 2019 20:15:16 GMT 2
artisans: Be so good to see you again kaz ...
Oct 4, 2019 9:32:09 GMT 2
kaz: Thanks Steve.........hope I get to make it to Roda??
Oct 4, 2019 12:14:36 GMT 2
johnreig: Has anyone got Spiros Banos apartment (Roda) details
Oct 8, 2019 14:15:36 GMT 2
artisans: Details on the thread ....
Oct 11, 2019 22:46:07 GMT 2
kaz: Hi Steve...has sent you email this evening ok
Nov 16, 2019 19:21:05 GMT 2
artisans: Hi kaz - have replied twice now ..
Nov 21, 2019 8:03:35 GMT 2
artisans: Hi kaz - we have what you wanted
Nov 21, 2019 15:03:35 GMT 2
janiemou: Kaz your tea is on its way to the UK, will be posted when it gets there
Dec 3, 2019 10:31:47 GMT 2
kaz: Thanks Jan n Steve....sorry, not been on 'puter for a while but sent you an email to-day.....will let you know when parcel arrives ok, thanks a lot for going to all the trouble for me...take care love Jan n Rosie xxxx
Dec 7, 2019 18:48:58 GMT 2
janiemou: Kaz we'll sort it out when I know the postage etc
Dec 10, 2019 11:45:57 GMT 2
janiemou: Hi Kaz, are you OK?
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