Finally some rain in the Douro to lift the spirits

After over two months without seeing rain, we had finally a week-end of rain in the Douro. It was not enough to offset the long period of drought we have been facing, but it is a nice beginning for what it can be the next weeks. As the saying puts it “April showers”, it is not yet to late for the vineyards and soil to rehydrate should we have a long period of rain in April.

I have recently heard on the Portuguese press that this has been the driest Winter of the last 80 years. If you look at the numbers, you get a better impression of what is happening: from October till March it rained in the Douro valley one third of the long term average. Fortunately, we had a wet November, raining 71mm, when the long term average is 65mm. But we are still 250mm of rain below the average and this can be a big problem should we have a Summer as hot as it normally is. It is certainly not fully explained by the drought, but wine prices are already rising, and quickly.


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  1. Ricardo Bernardo Monday March 19th, 2012 | reply
    Finalmente! Continuação de bom trabalho!!!!
  2. Tom Archer Monday March 19th, 2012 | reply
    Oscar, The reporting station at Vila Real recorded 17mm of rain over the weekend of 3rd and 4th March - did nothing come your way at that time?
    • quevedo Monday March 19th, 2012 | reply
       Hi Tom, some came in our way but not that much. We had around 7mm in Pesqueira. And it looks like we are going to have a dry week.
  3. Andy Velebil Sunday April 1st, 2012 | reply
    Oscar, How's the weather situation recently? Any more rain or is there a forcast for upcoming rain in the near future?
    • Oscar Sunday April 1st, 2012 | reply
       Hi Andy, We had few dry storms today. Maybe it rained for the area of Régua even Pinhão, but nothing to Pesqueira area. It shall rain tomorrow all over the Douro so hopefully something happens! In the south it rained all day long. Oscar

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