the stormy Ciril announces historic frosts in half of Spain

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It is the first of the month and, seeing the thermometers go down, many wonder that “who has stolen the month of April?”. Luckily, in this case we do know who it was: the stormy Ciril. A storm that, riding the wave of polar cold that we have been talking about, going to freeze the entire northern half of the peninsula and will cause the most intense frosts recorded in April in the last 20 years.

In short: spring is not going to give us a break in this series of strange weather events. Is time going crazy?

The storm that came from the cold. A few days ago, a huge mass of air reached the skies of Greenland and, as in the metaphor of the butterfly flapping its wings in Rio, it has caused a series of chain phenomena that have ended up putting us in a huge and icy storm in the country.

Snow, ice and trouble all the time. In fact, as reported by the AEMET, “we are already immersed in the winter weather episode in which the amount of snow that can fall in areas of the extreme north is very infrequent at this time.” The snow level will be below 200 meters above sea level in many areas.

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But beyond the snowfalls, what the “nortada” will bring are thermal drops of up to 15 degrees and generalized frosts in a good part of the country (9 provinces are in warnings for rains, snowfalls, wind and coastal phenomena). In some areas of the country, as I said before, they will be the largest so far this century. Something that in isolation is just another meteorological event, but in aggregate further supports the feeling that time is going crazy.

Winter has ceased to exist as we knew it.  The "nortada" this weekend is another test

The seasons are changing…. In other words, the climatic balance to which we were accustomed has been progressively weakening for years. The four clearly defined seasons that we used to enjoy in our latitudes are somewhat “endangered” because extreme weather events are becoming more intense and recurring, blurring the lines between them. And our behavior is adapting to it.

…and we are adapting to it very fast. Perhaps the best example of this is to see how in recent years even the most solidly seasonal diseases appeared at unexpected times: we had an epidemic of respiratory syncytial virus in the summer and we had an epidemic of influenza in the spring. It is true that the pandemic has had a lot to do with it, but they are changes in an entity that are not attributable to it alone.

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It is the first of the month and, seeing the thermometers go down, many wonder that “who has stolen the…

It is the first of the month and, seeing the thermometers go down, many wonder that “who has stolen the…

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