Whatever your neighbour says seems to be contradicted by several locals round here who are relieved that we're getting enough rain to restore levels to those needed to be certain of not suffering shortages,
There’s no contradiction, just different - and equally valid - experiences.
Coming home from the south last Saturday, after a dry shopping trip, there was a line – dry one side, wet the other - across the road as we entered the next micro-climate where it had been peeing down all day. Weather conditions in Crete are regional , and so are memories. The weather is of vital importance to a peasant farmer so he tends to remember vividly how it affected his area, his crops.
Phil’s ‘worst winter’ was 2003; mine, I see from the archives, was 2004. And we can both be right because we experience different micro-climates.
However...the sun is indeed shining, even even up here on these sodden slopes, so let's all be glad for the coming of spring, tra-la.