Gloria Bendita!

The tendency for the South East of Spain to be the driest area in Europe has now flipped the other way, thanks to all this rain.

AND DANA RainYes, Eastern Andalucía, Murcia and Alicante, are no longer parched and things are forecast to continue this way into next week, at least.

All this is down to a low-pressure front over the Mediterranean in front of the coast of Almería, which together with the DANA (Depresión Aislada de Niveles Altos) and the fact that the sea temperature around the Mar de Albobrán is one or two degrees up on the norm for this time of the year, has created this lasting, rainy weather.

A DANA or Cold Drop from Spanish Gota Fria comes about if a sudden cut off in the jet stream takes place (particularly in the Atlantic Ocean), a pocket of cold air detaches from the main stream, penetrating to the south over the Pyrenees into the warm air in Spain, causing its most dramatic effects in the Southeast of Spain, particularly along the Spanish Mediterranean coast.

In such a short time as between six and 24 hours, more rain fell than in six months to a year in Almería. The provincial airport there registered 57.4 litres per sq/m, which is the highest figure recorded for the month of May.

This is, strange as it might appear, far from unusual in the Med but as we have suffered a prolonged drought (nearly two years), the sensation is that it is very unusual. However, it does normally occurs in the autumn rather than spring.

Editorial note: gloria bendita is an exclamation which is equivalent to “glory be!”

(News; Andalucia)

  5 comments for “Gloria Bendita!

  1. Darren
    May 27, 2023 at 12:39 pm

    Ooh! That’s good to know. Duly bookmarked. Thanks Andrew.

  2. Andrew
    May 27, 2023 at 9:17 am

    There’s a website where you can see the levels of all the dams in Spain: https://www.embalses.net/pantano-871-rules.html

  3. Darren
    May 26, 2023 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks Martin.

  4. May 26, 2023 at 7:26 am

    Darren: I drove over it yesterday, coming down from Granada and although it has improved a bit, it is still pretty low. There is a little snow on the Sierra Nevada so that melt water will make its way down, too.

  5. Darren
    May 26, 2023 at 1:10 am

    How’s the levels in the Rules Dam looking after the rain? I did have a cursory search for a webcam or some sort of online fill-meter, but couldn’t find one. Any one living up there that reads this site?

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