Tempo da Lupi is a quaint way of saying wet winter weather in Italian. There’s no sure explanation why it’s used, but the most reasonable explanation is that wolves are particularly active in winter hunting for scarce prey, and that the only animals that have the guts to get out in weather like this are wolves.
Friuli has a bad reputation as a dark, depressing and rainy place. In my opinion, it’s not that bad, and Friulani simply like to complain… Especially on a day like today, with the bora blowing cold and hard and rain making it even less pleasant. Tempo da Lupi!
So I decided to do a little digging and found some interesting facts about Friulian weather:
Udine gets an average of about 1100 millimeters of rain per year. That’s about 43 inches, for the metric-impaired. For this, Friuli is called the pisciatoia d’Italia, or the “urinal of Italy”. That’s understandable when compared to Napoli (660mm/26 inches), but “sunny” Rome gets 970mm/38 inches per year on average-barely 5 inches less per year!
What’s more, I’ve never heard people talk about Torino being a “urinal” when it gets 1300mm/53 inches per year! Ten inches more!
By comparison, Seattle, WA gets only 38 inches of rain a year, while New York City gets 45!
Speaking of Seattle, I thought about cloudy days, and discovered that Seattle has about 200 cloudy days per year. While New York City has about 132 cloudy days per year.
I couldn’t find direct statistics on cloudy days in Friuli, but I did find that Udine has an average of 112 rainy days per year. If we figure there is a percentage of cloudy days without rain (let’s go crazy and say 30 days) that brings the total to about 140 cloudy days per year… not much worse than New York and certainly better than Seattle…
Like I said, Friulani like to complain. Imagine if they had to live in Seattle…