Extreme climatic events in the North Hemisphere outside the EEUU. News from Spain February 2015 (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)
Here I share a sequence of climatic extreme events occurred throughout February 2015 onwards in some parts of Europe being covered by the media. In particular, Spain has being carrying, already for a month, the burden of a threat being originated in one single climatic event occurred between the 3rd and 8th of February, heavy snowfall.
First it was the challenge of having to accommodate the amounts of snow, a month later, the challenge has come from dealing with the meltdown of all the snow accumulated.
Weather Floods deluge western Mediterranean while snow hits Spain
3 February 2015.
Flooding submerges parts of the western Mediterranean while 3 metre snow drifts close the border between France and Spain.
5 February 2015. BBC News
Spanish emergency services have rescued at least 220 people trapped by snow on roads in northern Spain. Hundreds of cars were stuck for up to 17 hours overnight on roads between Cantabria and the province of Palencia. Local media report temperatures of -15C (5F) and up 40cm (1.3ft) of snow.
The country is in the middle of a cold spell that is expected to worsen over the next three days, with cold weather alerts issued for 20 provinces.
Spain’s national weather service said in a statement (in Spanish) that the unusually cold temperatures would last until next Tuesday.
The BBC’s Tom Burridge in Madrid says that a large area of central Spain has seen an unusually high amount of snowfall in recent days.
One British woman, Jackie Elford of Margate, told the BBC she was driving to Marbella with her husband Roger when they were caught in heavy snow along with dozens of other motorists. Abandoned cars and overturned lorries have piled up on main roads near Santander.
Spanish police said that dozens of military vehicles and snow ploughs are being used to clear the area. Local media said that many schools in northern Spain had been closed and that there had been numerous power cuts.
El Pais newspaper reports that at least four towns in the region of Cantabria were still without power on Thursday.
Meanwhile, in Catalonia, winds of over 120km/h (75mph) have disrupted railway services. Snowfall has also closed roads as far south as in Andalucia.
The freezing conditions are set to continue for several days, with the coldest temperatures expected on Saturday and Sunday, warned the national weather service.
27 February 2015
Mar 1, 2015 – 2:51:52 PM
Residents from the two villages of Boquiñeni and Pradilla have been evacuated from their homes, the first at the petition of the Ebro Hydrographical Confederation because of the risk of a retaining dyke collapsing, and the second as prevention.