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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Santa Cruz Carnaval Parade Suspended by the Bad Weather in Tenerife

Keeping an eye on search terms that visitors use to reach this site, leads me to believe that the top items of interest are the Carnaval in Santa Cruz and the weather in Tenerife.

With the Coso Apoteosis del Carnaval (main parade), supposed to have been happening this afternoon in Santa Cruz, I can tell you that the same God who decides the weather for August bank holidays in Britain has been at work here in Tenerife today.

It is generally the case that it will rain at least once during carnival week, but this is the first time in my 14 years on the island that I have known the weather to be so uncooperative as to cause the suspension of events.

The islands continue on alert because of high winds again - currently reported to be around 80 kmph. Waves have reached heights of three to five meters in Tenerife, whilst on the north coast of El Hierro, reached a record height of eight meters.

In Santa Cruz de La Palma, 24 inter-island flights had to be cancelled. Over here on the north west of Tenerife it has been tipping it down with buckets of rain this afternoon and, by my standards, it is freezing at around 12 degrees centigrade. Reports in the local media confirmed that the main parade of Carnaval has been suspended today and it is hoped that the parade will now be held on Saturday, March 4th, instead.

Video: Carnaval en Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2006