At 5pm (Italy time) the current weather condition in Rome, Italy was rain showers with a temperature of 46°F. Since voting for the new pope began on Tuesday, NBC confirms that the first two conclave votes to elect a new Pope were inconclusive, thus, not resulting in a new pope. While there are no favorites in this race, bets are being made. In Europe, they have a Sweet Sistene betting system (similar to how the college basketball Sweet Sixteen brackets work in the U.S.), for who will end up winning the papalship. Could Mother Nature have some money on this? Hear me out. Last month, when the previous pope resigned, lightning struck the Vatican. Sign from above? Probably not. Just like the Empire State Building, Sears Tower, and the Burj Khalifa alike, the Vatican is a tall building, and often gets struck by lightning. Still, some people saw this as a sign. If you were one of them, get ready for more signs.
When the Papal Conclave convened yesterday to start the voting process, thunderstorms rolled into Rome, and accorindg to Accuweather, brought several rounds of heavy rain, lightning, and even hail to the Vatican. If that wasn't enough, a waterspout was reported yesterday just off Isola del Giglio, an island off the coast north of Rome.
Coincidence or rare occurance? While I can't say it is a coincidence, it certainly is not rare for Italy to experience thunderstorms in the Spring. In fact, the weather in Rome is filled with hail, heavy rain, and lightning during the Spring months. However, some felt differently about the type of storms they were having. A tweet from Wendy Lou Who says that MSNBC's reporters mentioned that during their coverage of the conclave that there was "thunder, lightning, and Biblical rain".
Many stand at the Vatican waiting for an answer with their umbrellas in hand. More rain is expected through the evening tonight, quite heavy at times. Rain will continue Thursday as well, before finally tapering off before Friday morning. So whether or not all of this bad weather is a sign, I cannot say. What I can say is that more of it is likely.