Snow joke, but it did rain in Las Palmas…

February 22, 2017 in News, Tourism, Weather by The Canary

There was some rainfall yesterday on all the islands, in some places intense and intermittent. In the eastern province of Las Palmas, rainfall was concentrated mainly in the capital of Gran Canaria, reports spanish language daily La Provincia.

Rain is always welcome on subtropical islands like ours, however it has this time triggered the desire to see snow, perhaps due to memories of this week last year when we got a brief dusting of the white stuff on the summits.  Whatever the reasons over active imaginations led yesterday to a series of texts, photos and videos having circulated on the internet and through social networks, insisting that we had snowed on Gran Canaria. So much so that the Local Police in our highest altitude village, Artenara, issued a request for citizens, through their twitter account, not to share messages indicating that it had snowed on the island.

Though there was heavy rainfall, particularly on Tenerife at San Cristóbal de La Laguna where 14 liters per square meter were recorded, and Tenerife North Airport with 11 l/m2 and the municipality of La Victoria with 10 l/m2.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria was fourth in the archipelago in terms of rainfall, with 8.6 l/m2, with wet weather recorded also in the municipalities of Telde, Arucas and San Bartolomé de Tirajana.

Up in Artenara, besides the rain, there was low dense fog that made driving a little more difficult. But no snow.

Today started with a little Calima in the south, and the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) has indicated that they expect some cloudy skies and generally weak rain on north slopes of the island; most likely dry elsewhere.Temperatures, unchanged.

Here’s a little something from this time last year…