Storm Barbara brings some rain to the islands particularly La Palma

2020/10/20 17:07:18 Written by Canarian Weekly National

Although the storm Bárbara has left less water than desired by the island’s farmers, its passage through the islands, more in the western province over La Palma and Tenerife, has left some spectacular images in the skies in iconic places such as Mount Teide or the summit of Gran Canaria.


Rains generally fell in most areas for a relatively short time, especially in the afternoon. El Paso, with 30 litres per square metre as accumulated in 24 hours, set the maximum for the Archipelago, followed by Los Rodeos, with 26, and Roque de Los Muchachos, with 24. The most affected municipalities (it must be emphasized that the majority of incidents due to rainfall occurred in the evening hours) were Arona, Adeje and, particularly, La Laguna, all of them in Tenerife. The incidents were the usual ones of a storm: traffic problems due to landslides, traffic jams, small floods, demolition of trees and stone walls, a car that was carried away by the unusual current that came down the ravine and, of course, problems with flights.

The wind particularly affected the island's air traffic, with a special impact on the islands of La Palma and El Hierro, which in the morning became isolated in terms of flights. Thanks to the data provided by the Spanish Airports and Air Navigation (Aena), eight arrivals had to be diverted away from La Palma airport (five from Los Rodeos, two from Gran Canaria and the remaining one from Düsseldorf, Germany), which in turn, lead to the cancellation of as many departures to the same destinations.

Regarding El Hierro, it was necessary to divert three arrivals from Los Rodeos and cancel as many takeoffs to the same place. As is logical, and despite the fact that the Lagunero airport was able to operate throughout the day, the users of Los Rodeos suffered the consequences of the impetus of Eolo, with eight cancellations of arrivals (five from La Palma and three from El Hierro), and five departures (two from La Palma and three from El Hierro), in addition to three detours, which correspond to as many flights that went to La Palma and had to return to the La Laguna aerodrome. It was much better for maritime traffic, since this wind was not accompanied by an unusual swell. Of course, a sailboat ran aground in Lanzarote and a boat was rescued in the south of Tenerife in serious trouble,

According to the statistics compiled by Aemet, the maximum sustained speeds of wind took place in Izaña, with 99 kilometres per hour, followed by Alto del Igualero (Vallehermoso, La Gomera) and Roque de Los Muchachos, with averages of 89 and 72 kilometres per hour, respectively. 
Especially striking are the strongest gusts on record, which reached levels typical of a category 1 hurricane (from 119 to 153) in Izaña, with a spectacular maximum of 130 kilometres per hour. Something similar happened at the aforementioned summit in La Gomera, with a strong wind peak set at 123km/h.