Yoyo weather in the Sierra

Days of snow with reasonably cold temps, days of rain with temps way above zero.. within the general regime of successive storms sweeping in from the Atlantic. The same storms that have kept half of Southern Britain under water for weeks now, after almost two months of unending rain.. the like of which has not been seen in 250 years. Strange weather indeed. In Guadarrama it’s not unusual to see alternating snowfall and rainfall, in fact it’s pretty normal, but the insistence of the phenomenon this year is a little out of the ordinary. From a ski point of view it has been frustrating. On the one hand, we have a good deal of snow. On the other, the snow is rarely in good condition to ski..it’s either wet cement getting ready to set, or it has already set into Guadaconcrete. Powder moments are ephemeral, lasting half a day or just hours. Breakable crust – the curse of skiers – recurs with unfortunate frequency.

Oh well, it could be worse I suppose.. imagine having a foot of water in your house for three weeks.


About coldspringdays

Éireannach is ea mé, i mo chonaí insan Spáinn. Rugadh mé i lár na tuaithe, ar feadh blianta bhí mé ag teitheadh uaithi, i bhfad as an tuath, ach sa deireadh d'fhill mé, ar ais go dtí an tuath.. An Irishman am I, settled in Spain. Born was I in the middle of the country, for years I ran from it, far from the country, but in the end I returned, back to the country..
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