Back in mid-August I was reflecting on what a strange year of weather we were having in the area of the Sierra:
The Winter of 2010-11 in Guadarrama had not been exactly what you would call normal. Very cold temperatures and considerable snowfall in November 2010 made for an early Winter – or so it seemed. Spring came in December; warm temps and five days of rain washed the snow away. This while in the North of Europe a new ice-age was starting up, extreme cold, roads and airports covered in snow, transport chaos and so on. Back in Spain it cooled down again in mid-December but the first month of 2011 felt at times more like June than January. February fared little better until halfway thru when Winter returned. Good snowfall from mid-Feb thru March left us with an excellent snowpack in some areas of the Sierra in the first days of April. Just when I was looking forward to some cold Spring days.. the temps shot up and we yo-yoed back into Summer. Within ten days the snow had practically disappeared. And the meteo guys were forecasting an extremely hot Summer..
But it didn’t happen. End of April temps went down again, and the Sierra didn’t warm up much in May. June was a month of storms and didn’t get very warm either. Nothing too weird there you may say, but what about when we reach July and it’s still not hot? I’m usually prepared to suffer a bit in July but this year there was no suffering. Ok, there was the odd day of heat but not even 30º C in Cercedilla – when a normal July might have ten days at around 30º and up to 33º when the heat is really hitting. Whatever may be argued for the normality of temperature fluctuations in Winter or Spring, when you don’t get any real heat in July in Spain – that’s weird, man! And so it went on.. the first ten days of the following month might have been May – until the heavy heat of Summer finally showed up mid-August, other years that’s when it starts to cool down a little.
What to expect thereafter? Serious snowfall in September? ..followed by an awful tropical October?? Nothing will surprise me this year.