Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Rain, rain, and more rain!

Meteo news show that rain all over Europe continues to be in the forecast. Northwestern Italy has been devastated by overflowing rivers and the damages are huge.

After some gorgeous days here in Tirana, where, however, the temperature remains mild, we are also hit by daily storms, while in the north there are critical flood damages in many mountain villages that are difficult to reach even by the military emergency units.

One of the borders with Montenegro was temporarily closed, and in the south the Lllogara pass in the national park was also blocked by dangerous icy conditions last week.

It is quite a sight to see the quick changes from my 12th story high apartment.

When I got up this morning the sun was shining, but it quickly disappeared as it did the Dajti mountain chain around Tirana, enwrapped in fog for a while.

The swelling, and rushing waters of the Lana canal look ominous. Fortunately, its green sloping sides do not allow overflowing onto the boulevards, but the poor drainage in some streets greatly affects the vehicular traffic.

We have to resign ourselves and cope with mother nature that looks like it is going to be stingy with sunshine during the upcoming big holidays of this weekend: the American Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, and the national Albanian Flag and Liberation days on Sunday and Monday.

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