Photo: Peter Meyers.
Updated 3 December: Well it had a sting in the tail, did our Clement … heavy rain again today, especially in the Metropolitan area (Santa Cruz and La Laguna). Here’s the situation in one area of Santa Cruz mid-afternoon today!
zona metropolitana de #Tenerife lluvias inesperadas en torno a 15:30 h jueves 3 diciembre: fuertísimo chubasco en toda la zona de La Cuesta, Taco, La Gallega con intensidades máx. de más de 120mm/h y más de 80mm/h de media, durando más de 20 minutos. Intensidad "riada" pic.twitter.com/UukFY1JVFR
— AGMTenerife🌍☔🌋 (@AGMTfe) December 3, 2020
Updated 2 December: Well the second borrasca ended up being called Clement, strong enough to warrant a name of its own, and bringing really heavy rain to very many parts of Tenerife yesterday. It’s brought a chill to the air as well, and there’s a reason for that … the first real snows of any description are now on Teide, as captured by Peter Meyers above. Whatever tourists may or may not do, or be able to do, the winter season has arrived without them. And it’s beautiful.
Updated 5pm, 26/11: That forecast of a second borrasca this weekend is looking a little more secure today. Aemet has issued an information note advising of an adverse situation starting on Sunday with a front bringing us rain and lasting until at least Tuesday 1 December. Like the current one, it will bring high winds but also a significant drop in temperatures … winter is coming, it seems, but of course the forecast can still firm up or change considerably between now and the weekend.
Updated 26 November: Well the wind arrived! It’s still howling, indeed, but we’ve had no rain in the western medianías while other areas, especially in the north and particularly the metropolitan area, have had real downpours. On the west coast, however, there has been moisture in the air alright, and a beautiful beautiful rainbow to show for it. Oddly, my husband this morning was talking about the rainbow he saw around 7am – he had to tell me because it’s not my usual time to be awake … – and how it was a real 180º rainbow, absolutely beautiful, he said. And then, this afternoon, from Peter Meyers, comes this photo of the same thing. Thanks, Peter!
Original post 25 November: All meteorologists are saying that this year has been wonderfully odd, not least in the sense that it’s like summers used to be before they seemed to switch to general summer cloudiness with weekly calimas of blistering heat and unbreathable air. This year, we’ve had the old summer back and it’s been blissful. Even last month we had a bit of a late summer heatwave which wasn’t unbearable … but this month it’s been rather odd to see calima and heat so late in the year.
It’s about to change though, with autumn arriving with great fanfare from later today. From the latest analysis, it appears that we are to expect the alisios returning with some force from the north, rough seas, rain (at least in the north), and Aemet has raised yellow alerts for weather conditions that could see very gusty conditions in the medianías. And, as always when the alisios return, the coasts become perilous with rough seas and big waves. These conditions are set to continue over the next few days but there’s already advance notice of a second borrasca that could affect us over the weekend, but that forecast is still firming up.
Be careful out there, especially on or near the coast, but won’t it be lovely to see autumn at last!