The yellow warning for rains and storms that affected the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Gran Canaria ended yesterday with accumulations that did not reach more than 35 liters per square meter in Hermigua (La Gomera), the archipelago's highest, and which were received in a relaxed manner and without creating major incidents that the diversion of several flights in the early afternoon.
The most visible episode of instability with which spring 2019 opens was more than 3,000 meters high, with the white blanket with which the Teide, this on the eve of the 17th anniversary of the cold drop that left on May 31, 2002 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife the astonishing figure of 232 liters per square meter, of which 130 fell in a single hour.
During yesterday the pluviometers were tracing the passage from west to east of the wet front that was unloading during the night first in the islands of El Hierro and La Palma and La Gomera, with its capital Valverde with a significant 25.2 liters per square meter pointed at five in the afternoon, then go slightly raising the amounts in La Gomera with 35 liters per square meter of Hermigua and shrinking in Tenerife, where the maximum was 12.6 of Las Cañadas del Teide. And it is that the stormy nucleus, as it was possible to be appreciated in the radar of the Amet was stagnated to the north of the archipelago, with dozens of rays located between the northwest of the Canary Islands and the southwest of Madeira.
In such a way that Gran Canaria only had remnants left. And of them almost only in height, as can be deduced from the reading of the meteorological stations of the summit and high areas, since except in Melenara, Telde, the only seaside resort graced yesterday with 13.2 liters per square meter, the maximum located in Cuevas de Pinar, facing south, with 10.8 liters to continue downward in Cruz de Tejeda, with 7.1 liters; the Pico de las Nieves, San Mateo, with 9.6; Valleseco, with 7.6 liters or Teror, with 7.2.
All this while in the capital of Gran Canaria fell some garujas in the early hours of the afternoon, which added 3.8 liters per square meter in the rain gauge of the plaza de The fair.
Hangover in the eastern islands
For today, and according to the forecast of the State Meteorological Agency, continues the weakness – although low – of showers that can be locally strong and accompanied by storms on the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura but only during the first half of the day, and without the yellow warning activated.
The Aemet also describes as 'low' the possibility of an intrusion of hail in the western islands at the last hours, to resume a rise in temperatures in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, while in the eastern islands the values are maintained or they can even experience a slight descent pushed by a wind of northern component that will increase in intensity in the afternoon.
On Wednesday, the calima could affect the more mountainous islands, which also will rise with the cloudy skies in the interior, and with possible occasional showers in the northern half and with rising temperatures.
The situation will be almost a tracing for Thursday and Friday, again with cloudy skies in the interior of Gran Canaria, without discarding showers in the interior, and even in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, although the dust in suspension will tend to remit from the Thursday, thanks to a weak variable T wind, "with predominance of the northern component at the beginning in the western islands", always according to the Aemet.
In any case, we must underline that these are the first important rains of what takes place this year, after an autumn that began in October and November with averages above the usual and that augured a rainy winter but ended also drier and warm than the historical average, as underlined by the delegate of the Aemet for the Canary Islands, Jesús Agüera, last week during the usual seasonal summary.
According to Agüera, and after the paralysis of the wet winter 2017-2018, the one that just closed just five days ago is equated to the other four previous years of drought, in a situation that also has the same projection in the Iberian Peninsula. The same source predicted for this spring, and despite the showers of these last hours, another three months warmer and drier than normal.