Since leaving Rome I haven’t been able to keep track of the water levels of the Tiber, which has been frustrating as December is historically when the the floods occur. The thought that this is happening in Rome, without me… well, it irks me. What doesn’t irk me is the annual Roman tradition where divers plunge into the Tiber on New Years Day to welcome the new year. It is a tradition that dates back to 1946, when a lifeguard who was trying to find work leapt into the waters of the Tiber from the Cavour Bridge to show off his skills. What I like about this photo is not the most recent icy plunge, but that it gives me an update on what the river is up to.
What I can tell from the photo is that the water level of the Tiber is above the river-walks but not by much. It is certainly lower than it was in late November 2010.