Drama in the Summer Sky

Amalfi Summer Weather Storms

The weather has been dramatic this week with sudden thunderstorms several times a day followed by blue skies and the sunshine peeking out. Yesterday evening at sunset another storm rolled in from the sea. But just before it arrived the sky was full of the most spectacular clouds.

Amalfi Coast Travel Dramatic Sunset

It was a majestic moment with the clouds tinged ever so slightly pink and lightening flashing over the sea in the distance. The layers of clouds, the different textures, the subtle colors and the rumble of thunder.

Amalfi Coast Travel Sunset Storms

It wasn’t long before the sky darkened and the storm arrived. The grumbling storm and pouring rain stuck around most of the night. This morning the skies were clear again, but as I type I can hear more rumbling coming over the mountains.

Ciao Amalfi Coast Travel Summer Sunset and Stormy Skies

The weather forecast predicts nice summer weather to return very soon. Nature has put on quite a show this week on the Amalfi Coast!

Waterspouts on the Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast Travel Summer Storms

From blue skies and beach weather to thunderstorms and waterspouts. I guess that’s just the unpredictability of early summer for you! On Sunday the weather turned suddenly quite bad in the late afternoon with lightening, massive thunder that rolled through the valley and the rather unusual occurrence of waterspouts. The first one I spotted was the tiny one above, but I could see there were more.

Laura Thayer Amalfi Coast Summer Storm Waterspout

At one point there were three that we could see, but mostly they were quite small. The waterspout in the photo above was the largest, but it only lasted a few minutes. It was at the peak of its strength when I took that photo, but by the time I turned the camera and refocused to take a horizontal shot it had already disappeared.

Amalfi Coast Travel Summer Storms Waterspouts

Sunny skies or dramatic storms, this coastline is always stunningly beautiful. But I know everyone on holiday would much prefer the beach weather, so here’s hoping the nice weather returns soon!

Glorious April Weather

Amalfi Coast Travel Glorious April Weather

Beautiful blues on the Amalfi Coast

Leave me alone with a view like that and some sort of photographic device and you can bet that I’ll try to capture it in some way. That’s what I did with my several year old simple Samsung phone this morning when looking out at the blue sky and sea. What a glorious spring day!

Amalfi Coast Travel April Blue Skies Ravello

Blossoms on the trees

It’s just so beautiful today that I had to try to take a few photos to share! In the sunshine it looked like they hadn’t come out at all, so imagine my surprise when I downloaded them and found these. And they don’t even begin to show what a beautiful day it really is!

Amalfi Coast Travel Villa Cimbrone Ravello

The picture perfect day to visit Villa Cimbrone in Ravello

That being said, it’s supposed to rain tomorrow. Welcome, spring!

Winter Sunshine

Marina Grande Beach Amalfi

Glorious sunshine in Amalfi

There’s nothing quite like when the sun comes out in February after a rainy spell. There’s the warmth of the sunshine to dry everything out, but also that sense of spring on its way. It’s hopeful, warm and irresistible. And not just for the Amalfitani! We took an afternoon stroll in Amalfi this afternoon and had fun spotting all the people out enjoying the sunshine – tourists, locals, fishermen and kids playing soccer on the waterfront promenade.

Sunshine and Shadows in Amalfi

Sunshine and shadows while out walking in Amalfi

When the sun shines the best way to enjoy it in Amalfi is with a walk overlooking the beach and along the harbor. The water was temptingly blue, but still quite cold.

Amalfi Coast Travel Winter Sunshine Amalfi 1

Playing in the cold mountain stream water

Yet there were people wading along the water’s edge with their winter pants all rolled up. A few people were out on kayaks, too.

Marina Grande Beach in Amalfi February

Testing to see how cold the sea feels

But the really smart people had claimed a spot on the Marina Grande beach and were soaking up the sun. It was strange being dressed in winter clothes looking down on a scene from the summer!

Marina Grande Beach Sunbathing

Early sunbathers on Marina Grande beach

There were more people in Amalfi than in past weeks, perhaps couples taking advantage of the lovely weather for a romantic Valentine’s weekend trip to Amalfi. You’d have to know where to look, but the first signs of the coming busy season are starting to pop up here and there around town.

Sunshine on the Sea in Amalfi

Conversations on the beach

The sunshine on the steps of the Duomo had attracted a nice crowd of more urban sunbathers. It’s a good spot!

Piazza Duomo Amalfi

On the steps in Piazza Duomo

We’re a little starved for sunshine here, but that’s mostly because we’re so spoiled the rest of the year. But once February arrives … spring is around the corner!

 

Stormy Sunday Morning in Amalfi

Amalfi Coast Travel Stormy Weather Marina Grande Beach Amalfi

Watching the waves crash in Amalfi

There was a little break in the bad weather, but it came back in a dramatic way this weekend! The rain and wind storm Sunday morning is up there in the top 10 bad storms I’ve seen since moving to the Amalfi Coast. This was one of those close-the-shutters-put-on-the-red-sparkly-shoes-and-hope-the-house-doesn’t-blow-away sort of storms. Just before we went out to join friends for lunch the sky cleared and we made a mad dash to the car. Well, as madly as one can dash up steps while wearing Hunter rain boots. (Note: Don’t try that at home kids.)

Amalfi Coast Travel Rainy Days

These are the days made for rain boots!

The sky was blue but the sea was angry, sending in big waves crashing against Amalfi. Always a striking view! It was a strange mix to see blue skies and big waves together. Part of the parking area along the port was closed for, well, obvious reasons. You wouldn’t have wanted to park there yesterday!

Amalfi Coast Travel February Weather

Not where you’d want to have parked yesterday

After lunch, while we walked along the port, the sea had already calmed down and the afternoon was clear and calm. What a difference a few hours can make!