An extreme ‘Gota Fria’ –meaning ‘Cold Drop’– has battered practically ALL of Spain this week. A succession of frigid polar fronts drove temps some 16C below-average across vast swathes of the country, brought torrential rain and floods to many, and even spawned a tornado in Alicante.
The BBC reports that an elderly couple were killed when floodwaters flipped their car over in Castilla La Mancha. While in the nearby Valencia region, dozens of people had to be evacuated after at least two rivers burst their banks.
Schools were shut for at least 350,000 students across the country, and wide reaching power outages left homes and business in the dark.
On September 11, Ontinyent, located in the province of Valencia, recorded a staggering 283 mm (11.14 inches) of rain, making Wednesday the regions wettest day since records began in 1917.
The extreme conditions continued on Sept 12, bringing further flooding and even spawning a tornado in the town of Guardamar del Segura, Alicante.
Late on Thursday evening, as the storms continued to batter Vega Baja, the Army’s UME Military unit was called in by Orihuela City Council.
The call for help came as floods escalated to unprecedented levels, with concerns the River Segura could burst its banks.
Already ravaged regions can expect a further 150 mm (6 inches) of rain through Friday, Sept 13 according to AccuWeather meteorologists.
While Ibiza remains under orange alert as more storms are forecast to hit over the weekend.
Frigid polar air is the reason behind Spain’s extreme weather of late — Gota Fria:
GFS TEMP ANOMALIES for SEPT 11:
While the ever-increasing & cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays would have also played their part, effectively ramping-up the intensity of the fronts.
For more on CRs, see the article below:
The cold times are returning, in line with historically low solar activity:
Prepare — grow your own.
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift
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