Old saying "April Showers" is almost valid for 2012

Quick update about the weather situation in the Douro. After a long period of sunshine and clear sky, clouds came back to the desperate-for-water Douro valley and gave us some relief. The situation looks a bit better now, with April presenting 2/3 long-term average levels of rainfall. The big question still remains: will rain continue to fall catching-up on the very dry Winter or will this be a 1/3 average rain year. Hopefully it continues to rain for few more weeks but as soon as flowering starts we better have dry weather in order to increase the number of fertilized flowers, which later will be grape berries. Heavy winds and rain are not welcome at the time of pollination, or the potential crop will be largely reduced. Then, in June, we will get into deceases period, which will be better avoided with dry weather.

So the best case scenario would be a two or three week period of rain to help increase the level of water in the soil followed by a period of dry weather. These are just wishes and sometimes they are accomplished, but not  always.


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  1. Cumcove Sunday April 29th, 2012 | reply
    What about weather in late September in the Douro?
    • Oscar Monday April 30th, 2012 | reply
       Temperatures between 25 - 35ºC in the first half and 15 - 30º in the second half. The closer you get to the river the hot it is going to be. Planning to pay us a visit?
  2. Andy Velebil Tuesday May 15th, 2012 | reply
    Oscar, How's the weather situation since you posted this. Anymore rain?
    • Oscar Wednesday May 16th, 2012 | reply
       Hi Andy, April was a little bit better with more rain than the previous months, but still only 75% of the average rain for April. Since the beginning of the year, we only had 40% of the average which is very low to struggle against the hot and dry Summer we always have. Not good news for sure.

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