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Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Big Freeze in Lazio



When I posted the snow photos a few days ago I was wondering if the weather forecasters had got it right. They have been saying that this cold spell is going to be the worst and coldest in Italy since 1985.  It seems they were right and most of Europe is very very cold at the moment!
The snow is not really a problem but the wind blowing the snow and the freezing cold temperatures are, I have just checked our thermometer and it is now reading minus 6C.
With this extreme cold due to last about another week I am just hoping that our plants and trees will survive. Nature is adaptable I know but plants here are just not used to extended periods of such cold weather. It was the winter of 1985 that killed many olive trees in parts of Italy, so I am hoping that ours will be OK.
I took a few photos earlier today to show how our garden is looking in this cold and snow.






As well as sharing my own photos I thought it might be fun to share a few of the many snow videos I found on YouTube today, which show both the beauty and the chaos that the snow has brought to Lazio this week.


Uploaded by MrCartelletta on Feb 2, 2012

Uploaded by 5quinto5 on Feb 1, 2012

Uploaded by REPORTERMARCO on Feb 3, 2012
Uploaded by mojofleur on Feb 3, 2012
Uploaded by VoloGratis on Feb 3, 2012
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Have a lovely weekend everyone, stay warm and safe.

35 comments:

  1. Great photos - it is all beautiful but I imagine inconvenient and of concern for an area not prepared for snow. I hope the plants hunker down and stay warm so that they will not be long affected. Thanks for posting the videos as well. Rome is lovely in the snow!

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  2. I have been saying all along that this mild winter we have been having could well be the lull before the storm, seems like I was so right!!! I had to laugh at the picture of the prickly pear in the snow, a first for me that one. I hope the the olive trees all survive it would be disastrous if the old trees get killed in this Arctic like weather. The cold wind is the big problem for me. The poor little birds, their bird bath freezes over as fast as I unfreeze it!! Keep warm. Diane

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  3. oh my gosh I hope your plants survive, tosee the succulents in the cold like that,, ouch, poor things.Thankyou for sharing,, stay warm,

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  4. Hi LindyLou,

    We have endured sub zero temperatures for most of the week, here in the UK, however this afternoon the white stuff started to fall and is now settling.

    I am down South in Somerset and they say that we are not due to get anything like the amounts which London and the East coast can expect.

    The sea around Poole Harbour and Sandbanks is apparently frozen over though, so I am not convinced by the weather reports.

    Still it had to come eventually, we haven't had much in the way of winter yet, but you are never going to stop folks complaining I guess, we are just made that way!

    Stay warm and settle in for the weekend with a good book,

    Yvonne

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  5. Amazing images, Linda! Thank you so much for posting them. I've never seen snow in Rome and I can imagine it's taken everyone by surprise. We are quite warm this weekend but I know it's too early for real spring and we'll probably get walloped with a frost again. Stay safe and warm yourself! – g

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  6. Great photos Linda. My husband remembers the cold snap from 1985! We were talking about it today. We were fortunate enough to have the sun for a short time this afternoon - I enjoyed that. School was cancelled for the kdis today as well.

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  7. Evening Linda, had a few snow flurries this afternoon here in Surrey. I was looking at my two hanging baskets with pansies, the frost has certainly got to them! Can only hope that plants and trees will recover from the cold. Keep warm and safe, Jackie in Surrey UK.x

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  8. Beautiful snowy pictures, wish we had some. Take care in it and keep save.

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  9. Can't believe that the snow has traveled so far south! I hope your plants will all do well after the cold. Fingers crossed!

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  10. Ciao!! It's freezing here too!!
    Enjoy the snow.
    Buona serata

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  11. It does all look very pretty, doesn't it? Not so good if you have to be out and about in it though! There were photos of Rome in the snow in the papers here today, with all the Italian women still walking around in stilettos!! LOL! Keep warm my friend.

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  12. Linda doesnt tell you about the snug feeling local residents have when they light the fire in the fireplace, make some bruschetta with our extra virgin olive oil and fill the glasses with local wine... My phone isnt working, the internet and electricity are ok so all is well.
    Mary Jane ( a neighbor )
    blog 50yearsinItaly...

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  13. Your pictures are beautiful as always but I'm sorry that the weather is wreaking havoc in Europe. Sure hope your plants survive but it should be over soon I pray. I never noticed your Italian Word A Day before. I'll have to pay more attention! Thanks.

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  14. No snow in my part of Italy, but really cold weather! I watch RAI every day and have seen the images: Piazza San Pietro looked really fantastic! Will the Pope not show up, tomorrow?

    Nice images, Lindy! We are off to Bari on the 27th, next month and then, again, in July, for the Summer!

    Think Summer, Lindy... with blue skies and sunshines, and... keep warm!

    Hugs

    ANNA

    xx

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  15. Wow! It's so amazing to see beautiful, sun-drenched Italy with all that snow and cold. I hope you can stay warm and that all survives in the garden!
    Robin

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  16. Hello Lindy, the snow has just arrived here in Yorkshire as expected so we're hoping it doesn't last for long - same for you, especially for the sake of the olive trees. I can imagine our relatives are putting more logs on the fire. Keep warm and have a good Sunday!

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  17. Minus 6 degree is so tough. Take care and have a great weekend.

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  18. I am totally entranced by snow even though it can have dire concequences for those living in it. The coldest we got was to minus 20 yet I still loved that magical moment when I awoke to my first heavy snowfall. Your photos are just beautiful and I hope that all your plants make it through. Snuggle up and stay warm, ciao lisa

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  19. When I see such pretty images of the snow I do miss that. But that freezing wind that comes with it....maybe not! I hope your plants survive.
    Keep warm.
    x

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  20. We've been reading about this! What a time you must be having! I hope your trees and shrubs survive and that you're staying warm. I'm sure the houses aren't built for this sort of weather. Here's hoping that you'll soon see a return to more normal temperatures!

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  21. The snow story has been on the news here. I looked at some of the images on the videos; the Spanish Steps certainly have a different look than my memory of them. Here's hoping that the olive trees cope with this unusual weather.

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  22. Wow - that is cold and snowy for Italy! Keep warm.

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  23. I'm sure your garden will be as beautiful as ever after the snow. Stay safe, LindyLouMac. x

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  24. Wonderful snow secenery from Italy. Europe sinks into the snow...
    Kind regards, Synnöve

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  25. I was so surprised to hear of snow in Rome. Wow. Hope you guys thaw out soon. Take care...

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  26. These photos are so amazing! We've been watching the news coverage of the snow and the cold weather in Europe. I hope that you're warm and cozy staying inside, but thank you for going out into the cold to take such beautiful photos! I like to look at snow; i just can't live in it anymore! Brrrr! Stay warm!

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  27. So much cold and snow! Here in Wichita, Kansas in the U.S. we have had so many mild temperatures all through January. It has felt like spring or early fall at times. So strange!

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  28. Because we are in the southern hemisphere it's summer and hot here. We have had a wonderful weekend with many visitors, living and talking outside until well after dark. We will have the snow too, six months away, and do look forward to it. Enjoy your snow. Your summer will come. Kerry - thefieldofgold

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  29. nice to see you in my blog http://teacherfromapulia.blogspot.com/: yes I moved here, it will be easier to follow only 1blog!
    Your pics are always beautiful...it seems that Italy is white everywhere but here it is only raining a lot!
    have a warm day :)

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  30. I've been following the news about the European cold snap, but your picture of the snow piled up around that prickly pear was WILD! I hope you're staying warm!

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  31. Great photos. I must say my fav is the cactus buried in snow.

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  32. Goodness!! So there is where all our snow went:)
    At least you got incredible pictures!

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  33. Hello Linda,I do hope that all your lovely plants and trees survive. Hopefully a thaw will come soon. Love Linda x

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  34. Hi Linda, wow what lot of snow, ours went within a day. Love the mosaics, your photos are fab.I do hope that your Olive trees survive too,

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