This week marks the 14th anniversary of Tropical Storm Delta which ravaged Tenerife in 2005, and today the regional branch of the national Met Office, Aemet Canarias, has released a graphic showing the amazing little protective bubble the Canary Islands sit in while hurricanes and tropical storms sweep west across the Atlantic from the Cape Verde Islands where they are born.
The graphic tracks the path of both categories between 1851 and 2004. Sometimes these later sweep north, coming to affect Spain and Portugal, and sometimes Ireland and the UK. There are also indications, Aemet says, that this protective bubble is contracting as storms start to come a little closer: the recent storm Lorenzo, for example, was never going to affect us directly but it came quite close and caused indirect effects.
Whatever the future might hold, at least for the time being our protective bubble should continue to keep us safe.