The Winter that never was

The Winter that never was..apart from a single week at the end of January-beginning of February. The one-week Winter. It’s true that we had a few days of serious snowfall at end October, followed by quite a lot of rain in November. The first half of December offered some days of wintry sensations..but by the time the calendar Winter rolled in, the anticyclone was firmly installed over southern Europe and the sun was beating down. January continued in the same vein – sun, sun, sun – until about the 20th when the weather finally changed and a couple of Atlantic storms blew in bringing some days of rain, snow and high winds. But it was all over by the first days of February, the anticyclone was back in place and there it stayed thru the rest of ‘Winter’ into Spring..an incredible eight weeks with hardly a drop of rain or a flake of snow, rare clouds the odd day, the skies dominated day after day after day by the sun, very mild temps..weird weather indeed.

Things were looking good in early February

Things were looking good in early February, cirque and laguna of Peñalara.

A visit to 'Bola del Mundo' at the end of February..the snow was holding out despite the sun.

A visit to ‘Bola del Mundo’ at the end of February..the snow was holding out despite the sun.

Early March, it's getting dryer, but still plentiful snow in some places..

Early March, it’s getting dryer, but still plentiful snow in some places..

..some areas in the distance betray bareness.

..some areas in the distance betray bareness.

In general snow on South faces is disappearing fast..

In general snow on South faces is disappearing fast..

..forcing us to turn to North faces, North of Citores.

..forcing us to turn to North faces, North of Citores.

North of Citores, still looking good, mid-March..

North of Citores, still looking good, mid-March..

..if you don't look around too much.

..if you don’t look around too much.

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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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