Because we are located amid mountains and we are in a sort of scoop-shaped “depression” we tend to have something of a micro-climate.  Many of the mountains around our depression are in excess of 3,000 feet high with the highest being 1129 m (3703 ft).  ‘Depression’ is not really the correct term since we are at 723 m (2371 ft) but it is a sort of closed-ended valley.

surrounded by mountains

surrounded by mountains

Rain and storm clouds (depending on the wind direction) tend to remain outside our depression, held back by the mountains and we often see heavy showers and even storms going past outside our “wall”.

clouds held back by the mountains

clouds held back by the mountains

That way we avoid the worst of the weather until, that is, something such as a very high wind manages to force the weather into our cosy nook.

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