Weather of the island of Crete
The island of Crete sprung from the sea fully armed with its mountains that stretch across it,as if riding a fierce bull as Africa burrows under Europe the two continental plates collide.
Twelve daies the Greeks staid ,ere they got them freed,
A gale so bitter blew out of the North,
That none could stand on earth….
Homer , Odyssey six, 199-201
Since first I left the snowy hills of Crete …
Homer ,Odyssey ,did,338
Crete lies amongst four great weather systems ,but Crete is a miniature continent also in its weather patterns.
The rainy season of winter is seldom frosty.The season of summer is hot and dry with a relentless golden sun …
The rainy season begins in October through to November followed with snow on the mountains.
By January mountains are covered with snow as Crete conceives the notion of spring.
Spring spreads through the island from April till May.
By the end of May spring gives its place to the long summer whilst most plants sleep while the vines unfold and keep growing.(Abrupt showers have been known in July and even August disastrous for raisins sultanas and currants).
Rain fall, Average
Heraklion 501 mm, Hania 671 mm