Spain on red alert for the historic snowfalls of the Filomena storm until Sunday

If the popular saying “Year of snow, year of goods” is true, everything will turn out very well this 2021 in Spain. With much of Europe under a front of polar cold, the storm Filomena, the sixth named of the season, will leave historic snowfalls in much of the country.

The State Meteorological Agency AEMET has issued a special notice and puts almost the entire center of the Peninsula on red alert. In many of these areas the red alert for snowfall had never been activated. Despite the fact that the country has been receiving snow for several days and the record for the lowest temperature ever recorded -35.8º C in León- the most intense is yet to come.

Snow accumulations of up to 50 centimeters are expected in areas of Castilla la Mancha and about 40 cm in Madrid. Strong blizzards are also anticipated that can complicate the situation. The Mediterranean is on alert for coastal phenomena and there are several areas on yellow alert for low temperatures.

Civil Protection calls for unnecessary travel to be avoided.

The storm Filomena brings rain, wind and snow to the entire Peninsula.

The Canary Islands have not been spared and have had a storm with rains, winds of up to 80 km / h and 100 km / h in high areas and waves of five meters. The situation begins to improve on the islands.

In Andalusia, the rains that were already persistent in recent days will intensify. And as it moves northeast, the storm Filomena will leave historical snowfalls in Castilla La Mancha, Castilla y León, Cáceres, Madrid, La Rioja, Murcia, Aragon and Catalonia, on Saturday, and in the northern half of the peninsula on Sunday, except in Galicia and the Cantabrian coast.

In addition Filomena will blow very strong winds in the Mediterranean that will deteriorate the marine conditions throughout the coast.

The storm is due to the collision between the very humid and warm air that the storm brings from the Atlantic with the cold polar air installed in Europe for days.

After the storm, colder

As of Sunday, things will calm down in terms of rainfall, except in Andalusia, but it will arrive – even colder – so the snow cover will be persistent.

And where did global warming come from?

The doctor in Physics and meteorologist of Mar Gómez explains to euronews that this type of phenomenon is not incompatible with the global warming trend.

In fact, one of the most widespread theories suggests that climate change disturbs the jet stream, which regulates the meteorology of the northern hemisphere. By causing greater undulations (going further south) and slowing it down, it can cause extreme cold spells in winter, but also more and more intense heat waves in summer.

However, another theory from the British agency Met Office suggests that the jet stream could on the contrary strengthen and move towards the poles. “If this were to happen, the climate in much of Europe, including northern countries, would be milder and wetter during the winter months. However, summers could be marked by drier and warmer weather conditions in some countries.”

In any case, however much global warming there is, we are never safe from fluctuations in the weather. The meteorologist explains with a simile that the weather is like the personality, more stable and the weather like the mood, which can change – several times – every day.