Sad Old Year..Sierra de Guadarrama sets new depths for no-snow misery

This year-end some in the US are pining for a ‘liddul bit of thaat good ol’ globul worming’..the fact that morons will be morons aside, here in the center of Spain we seem to be getting a pretty good ration of global warming. More than enough in fact. After months of serious drought the weather finally changed and we began to get some precipitation in December. Precipitation in the form of snow even down to 1000m in the first days of the month.  And the forecast showed more precip on the way. Whitesliders and snowlovers in general were grinning from ear to ear. But they’re not grinning very much in these last days of the month. It was not to be.. well precipitation yes, there’s been lots of it in fact, over 150mm in Cercedilla at 1200m and close to 180mm in Cotos at 1800m, but practically all of it in the form of rain. A few centimeters of snow here and there, never amounting to much, and then followed by downpours of rain. Basically we’ve had a month of rain, right up to the tops of the mountains at 2400m, rain.

Climate deniers and flat-earthers locally love to evoke the cyclical droughts that Spain does undeniably suffer. Yes, up to the end of November this year we’ve suffered severe drought, eight months of minimal – in some areas not even minimal – precipitation. But not in December. No drought in December. Normal to high precip levels. Even fairly normal – cold – temps.. and hardly a shred of snow in the hills.

Worse still, for Guadarrama, just a few hundred kilometers to the North in the Pyrenees many areas have received up to a meter of the white stuff. In the Benasque Valley, for example, La Renclusa reports 180cm of snow at 2140m. They may have received  a few drops of rain too but i’d guess they haven’t gotten much more than 200mm of precipitation. So in Benasque 180-200mm of precip at about 2100m translates to 180cm of snow. In Guadarrama 180-200mm of precip at about 2100m translates to.. not even 10cm of snow.

Yeah, comparisons are odious. Tons of snow in the US NorthEast..not so cool this December in Colorado. But they have some snow, however miserable it might seem compared to December averages. In Guadarrama we don’t need to compare. It’s total misery. Exactly as it has been every practically every December since 2008.

Good ol’ global warming, huh?


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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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