First snows in the Sierra Nevadas

The first snows have fallen in the Sierra Nevadas between Borreguiles and the highest peak, El Veleta, with around 4 centimetres of white stuff covering the area. This early snowfall is important as it will help to moisten and cool the ground before the next snowfall.


Mucho thunder and lightning today, and more than enough rain. And definitely a lot cooler, to say the least. The hills now have a bit of snow on them, particularly Maroma in the distance. Hope it stays fine for the Carnival procession on Saturday and the Burial of the Chanquete on Sunday.

That’s snow business

It is hard to believe, but at this moment in time, there is snow on the ground in 49 of the 50 states in the USA. And yes, it includes Hawaii where snow is a regular winter feature on Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. The only state without any white stuff is sunny Florida.

Pheasant on his toes

Possible tiptoeing, possibly just stretching, either way it is an interesting photograph of a pheasant in the snow…Tiptoeing in the snow Far more likely to be just stretching, really.

White stuff all over

The University of Dundee has published an interesting image captured by its satellite receiving station showing much of the UK covered in snow.

Reality check…

One does get just a little bit soft after a time living on the coast, classifying anything under about twenty degrees as being ‘bitter’ and complaining when we have to don a sleeve, so it’s a nice little reality check when you get some photos sent in from people who are ‘really’ cold at the moment.

Lucky break…

Lucky break. I was originally planning a quick trip to the UK over this weekend – UK airports closed because of snow, roads blocked, air traffic controllers on strike. Phew….

UK airport news

Severe disruption at Gatwick Airport where the runways are closed until at least 0600 GMT on Thursday due to heavy snowfalls. Edinburgh Airport is also closed until at least Thursday morning. Guernsey Airport, Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster and Durham Tees Valley Airport are also closed and other airports are witnessing delays and disruptions to services. Passengers are advised to …