So it seems that Old Man Winter has finally turned up, growling and snarling into town in the first days of February, making a rather belated entrance on the seasonal stage. Though late – or perhaps precisely because of the lateness of his arrival – it has been quite dramatic: plunging temperatures, howling winds.. just add a little snow and you get a blizzard! Problem is.. there has been very little snow so far. If you live in the city of Madrid and depend on the media to inform you about the world, you might be under the impression that the Sierra is covered in the white stuff, such is the proliferation of images of snow falling, people skiing, snow-ploughs labouring furiously to clear the roads and incessant talk of nevadas and heladas on the weather shows. Dodgy information. The sad reality is that in the final days of January there was still practically no snow in the mountains, and what has fallen so far in these first days of February has been of the order of 20cm or so at 1800m.. not exactly plethoric. Maybe the full moon will bring a little more over the next few days.. mais oú sont les neiges d’antan?
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