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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Snow on the Volcán de las Arenas

04. Nevada en el Volcán de las Arenas. 15 de marzo 2011.JPG

And an arco iris (rainbow) as a bonus! The Volcán de Las Arenas is one of the Montes de Güímar, above the Güímar valley and which last erupted in 1705.

Not sure if it’s ever had snow before. The *gran nevada* (big snow) is certainly keeping the local press busy in the archipelago. This report in Canarias7 says that Monday’s snow has probably been the most snow that has ever fallen in the Canary Islands. Never before has so much snow fallen over such a large area, nor does anyone recall there ever having been snow below 1000 meters before.

And where it didn’t snow, sleet or hailstones fell instead.

The wave of cold air, which, thankfully, left the Canary Islands on Tuesday, say AEMET and, which caused the lowest temperatures that the islands have registered in the last 40 years, was due to the presence of an air pocket, sitting over the archipelago at an altitude of around 5,000 meters, full of cold north air at a temperature of 30 degrees centigrade below zero. This isn’t usual!

Photo: By Mataparda

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