The train of storms has turned the Valencian Community into one of the rainiest areas… in the northern hemisphere

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Closed ports, suspended trains, road closures and overflowing rivers. With today, the Valencian Community already has ten days of uninterrupted rain that has turned life in the region upside down and, incidentally, that of the entire country. But saying this, we run the risk of not understanding the historical dimension of the moment: March is not only breaking all records, it is that it has placed Castellón among the rainiest places in the northern hemisphere.


ten times more than normal. And it is that March 2022 is expected to be one of the rainiest in the Valencian Community since we have records. So far this month, more than 500 liters per square meter have fallen in some areas. That is, ten times more than normal (which is between 30 and 50).

But that’s nothing. Because only on March 21, some points accumulated 300 liters per square meter. That is, it rained so much that Castellón slipped into the TOP10 of rain in the northern hemisphere, only behind a handful of Chinese towns where the universal deluge must have fallen.

What has happened to find us with this “Mediterranean deluge”? As we have told you on occasion, this “train of storms” that we have chained is the product of the anticyclone that has been sitting over northern Europe for days, altering the usual atmospheric dynamics. The consequence is that all the storms should be entering Europe, they are being diverted towards the southwest of the continent, towards us. The rest is done by the special geographical structure of the Mediterranean coast which, as we know, is a perfect breeding ground for torrential rains.

Long periods of drought are going to be more and more normal.  It's time to get used to them

We needed a “miracle”, we have (almost) a “miracle”. And it will continue to rain for the rest of the week. Now all that remains is to count and see if we can take advantage of all this water to alleviate the drought that we have been dragging in recent years. However, it is unlikely to go any further. As happened in 2018, a particularly wet spring can soften the harshest consequences of water stress; but neither can it solve a problem that is set to drag on for ten years, nor do we have enough infrastructure to take advantage of torrential rains.

Image | Jose Miguel Fernandez de Velasco/GTRES

Closed ports, suspended trains, road closures and overflowing rivers. With today, the Valencian Community already has ten days of uninterrupted…

Closed ports, suspended trains, road closures and overflowing rivers. With today, the Valencian Community already has ten days of uninterrupted…

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