Storm Filomena: Spain sees ‘exceptional’ snowfall

Posted: January 9, 2021 by oldbrew in News, Temperature, weather

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This is said to be the heaviest snow seen in Spain for at least 40 years. Who’s next?
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Storm Filomena has blanketed parts of Spain in heavy snow, with half of the country on red alert for more on Saturday, reports BBC News.

Madrid, one of the worst affected areas, is set to see up to 20cm (eight inches) of snow in the next 24 hours.

The city’s airport has closed along with a number of roads.

On Friday evening, a number of vehicles became stranded on a motorway near the capital.

Firefighters were called in to assist drivers who had become stuck. In some areas the military were called in to help clear roads.

Authorities have asked people to avoid non-essential travel.

According to local media, the snowfall in Madrid is the heaviest in at least 40 years. The country’s AEMET weather agency said the snowfall was “exceptional and most likely historic”.
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The cold weather is set to continue beyond the weekend with temperatures in Madrid predicted to hit -12C on Thursday.

Full report here.

  1. ivan says:

    I remember the expressway from France down to Barcelona being blocked by snow some 25 years ago so I assume they had to find somewhere that had a heavy snow fall a longer time ago and that fell to Madrid – anything to make climate change seem scary.

    We had snow in the village last night and this morning, nothing to write home about, it happens every couple of years and the local council are geared up with snow ploughs and gritting trucks which they got ready last week.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Madrid may not have a large fleet of snowploughs ready to go at short notice, or at all. According to climate know-it-alls, snow at city level in most of Europe was supposed to be fading from memory.
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    Madrid buried in 50cm snow as Storm Filomena hits Spain leaving 1,000 cars trapped and airport passengers stranded
    January 9, 2021

  3. oldbrew says:

  4. oldbrew says:

    At least three people die in Spain’s worst snowstorm in 50 years

    Public urged to stay at home as Storm Filomena traps motorists and brings Madrid to standstill

    Spain’s interior minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska​, said 1,500 people had been rescued in the Madrid region but that 650 roads across Spain were still affected by the storms. He defended the central government’s response to the emergency, and said: “We haven’t had a situation like this for 50 years.”

  5. ivan says:

    If you look at;2.5;5&l=snow you will se there are other parts of Spain that have had much more snow than Madrid. I assume Madrid was singled out because of the photos more than the amount of snow.

  6. tom0mason says:

    Lovely weather — as the planet cools

  7. Phoenix44 says:

    Not an extraordinary event, just rare. Why does the media have so many problems differentiating between the two? But once again it shows that the fundamentals of the climate remain the same as 40-100 years ago.

  8. oldbrew says:

    JANUARY 5, 2021
    Imminent sudden stratospheric warming to occur, bringing increased risk of snow over coming weeks
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    The SSW has now occurred but the results on Earth may not be known for a week or two.

    In most cases the SSW propagates down through the clouds to the Earth’s surface over the course of a few weeks. When this happens it throws the Arctic upper-level wind patterns off-kilter and the domino effect leads to convoluted jet stream patterns around the world in the mid-latitudes like Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia. That means it will almost certainly result in some extreme winter weather

  9. oldbrew says:

    Heavy snow across Japan leaves cars stranded, homes without power
    KYODO NEWS – Jan 8, 2021

    According to the weather agency, 120 centimeters of snowfall was expected in the Hokuriku region of central Japan in the 24 hours through 6 a.m. Saturday, with Tokai, Kinki and Tohoku among the other regions set for more heavy snow.
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    Record snowfall covers Hokuriku; JMA warns more on the way
    January 8, 2021

    A record amount of snowfall blanketed central Japan’s Hokuriku region by the morning of Jan. 8, forcing residents to cope with slippery and treacherous snow-packed roads and sidewalks.

    In Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture, the snow accumulation during the 12-hour period through the early morning totaled 59 centimeters, a record high.

    In Toyama, it reached 48 cm, the highest ever for the capital of the prefecture.

    As of 9 a.m., the snow cover in Himi was six times more than usual. In the town of Asahi, it was 5.5 times more than in an average year.

  10. oldbrew says:

    Storm Filomena: Spain races to clear snow before temperatures drop
    Published 1 hour ago

    ‘Spain is in a race against time to clear roads covered by heavy snow, and get Covid vaccines and food supplies to areas affected by Storm Filomena.

    As much as 50cm (20 inches) of snow fell on Madrid, one of the worst hit areas, between Friday night and Saturday.

    At least four people died and thousands of travellers were left stranded.

    Forecasters have warned temperatures could plunge overnight on Sunday, turning the snow to perilous ice.
    . . .
    Spaniards in large parts of the country have been warned to take care in the coming days as temperatures could fall to -12C (14F) in some areas until Thursday.’

  11. oldbrew says:

    Met Office forecasting -13C early Tuesday morning in Madrid.

  12. oldbrew says:

    JANUARY 12, 2021

    The south of France has suffered exceptionally chilly temperatures this winter, with reports calling it “a winter like no other”.

    Woolly hats, coats, scarves and gloves are a strange sight along the Côte d’Azur (aka the French Riviera), reports, even at this time of year.

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