Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Climate change!

The changeable nature of the worlds weather has become an obsession for media commentators around the world. Spain is no exception, exceptional weather has been this years norm.

In little over a year I have experienced the hottest summer, the coldest winter and the most prolonged period of drought in the last 120 years. When the drought finally ended the rains brought by tropical storm Vince brought chaos and wide spread damage to the Costa Brava coastal region; 272 liters of rain fell per m2 in a period of 48 hours.

With resevoirs at 35% capacity everyone wanted the rains to come, but with so much in such a short period of time the flood water washed away crops and roads, and did little to alleviate the water shortage.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That was the first time ever a tropical storm hit Spain (or Europe). Also cold winters are far more common in Spain than northern europeans think. Some parts of Spain have particulary harsh winters, and news about rural towns isolated by snow can be heard every winter.