Yet another year we reach the end of December with practically no snow in the Sierra. Some years it’s nothing but sunshine, dry weather and snowless mountains. Other years, after a promising start to the Winter, the grey soul-destroying rain comes and washes away reasonable accumulations of snow. And years like this, after weeks of cold weather, the Atlantic storms roll in warm and wet bringing days of the infamous Guadarrama “pissing mist” and depressing rain..followed by an insulting misery of snow. Peeps say to me: ..but if you like to ski (and you like to do it on snow rather than say..rocks)..what the fvck are you doing living in this god-forsaken hellhole?? And sometimes i have to admit that i don’t have a good answer. Life is not so simple. When you make choices, decisions, commitments, you can’t always just turn around and walk away when you don’t like how things turn out. And it’s also true that Guadarrama has given me some of the greatest days of my life..and great years too – even this last year from end of January on.
When you look at the meteo data for 2013 you realize – once again – that though Guadarrama is sometimes depressing, it’s never boring(?!) The pissy and pitiful precipitations of the last days of December brought us to a total annual rainfall in Cercedilla for 2013 of just over 1100mm. About 15mm over the average figure of 1090mm. The first time in the last ten years that we have topped the average figure. The first time in ten years that we have topped 1000mm. And, while you might say..well, at least it’s good that we have reached the average annual level of precipitation this year, the really curious thing is that despite receiving an enormous 628mm of water from the sky in the first three months of the year we ended up barely scraping the annual average. I already commented on how strange the weather was in the first quarter..but the fact is it continued to be strange all year, only in the opposite sense. If mid-January to March was way over the top in hydrometeors, the rest of the year was way under..we had month after month – with the exception of October – of extremely dry weather. Have a look here if you want to see the numbers.
To finish, let me confess that these last days i have been immersed in a world of white..no, sadly not in snow – you’d find it pretty damn difficult to get immersed in the quantities of snow that we have locally – the fact is i’ve been painting some rooms in my house. No big deal in that ..just that the last time i painted the house was towards the end of 2006..and you recall the “Winter” we got in 2006-7?