Second day of the scourge of the storm Gloria and the situation is getting worse. The disturbance is deepening and moving towards the south, from where it has extended its radius of action to the north and east of the peninsula while continuing to blow more and more very cold and moisture-laden winds against the Levant and Balearic Islands. If on Sunday the red warnings, the maximum level, affected three provinces – Alicante, Valencia (by wind, bad sea and snow) and Ibiza and Formentera (only by wind) – this Monday they reach nine. It is Teruel, Albacete, Murcia (for snow), Barcelona, Girona (for bad sea), the entire Valencian Community (wind, snow and bad sea) and Balearic Islands (Ibiza and Formentera and Mallorca for bad sea). Historic snowfall, hurricane wind gusts and waves of seven to eight meters are expected, as well as plenty of water and cold.
In total, the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) has activated warnings in 34 provinces. To start, the snowfall they will be copious from about 300 to 500 meters in the eastern peninsular third. The worst is expected in Teruel, Alicante, Castellón and Valencia, with 40 centimeters of accumulated snow, while in Albacete and Murcia the snowfall will be 20 centimeters. In addition to these red notices, there are oranges, the second level of a scale of three, in Almería, Granada (both 15 centimeters), Jaén (20), Barcelona and Girona (10). In yellow, the lowest level are Zaragoza, Cantabria (10), Cuenca (8), Guadalajara, Ávila (5), Tarragona (4) and Asturias (10).
The alert level depends not only on the amount of snow expected, but also on how usual it is in the area, hence the high plateau of Murcia is red by 20 centimeters, while for the same amount the Sierra de Cazorla jiennense and Segura is in orange.
The situation will come again accompanied by rainfall intense, persistent and locally strong in the same areas of the north and east third. This Tuesday, Alicante, Valencia, Mallorca and Menorca have orange notices for a blanket of water of 100 to 150 liters or more per square meter in 12 hours, while Barcelona, Girona, Tarragona, Ibiza and Formentera and Murcia are in yellow for 60 liters
On the Mediterranean and Balearic façade, for the second consecutive day the winds from the north and northeast they will be strong or very strong, with gusts that can locally exceed 100/130 kilometers per hour in Alicante and Valencia. The notice is orange in Castellón, Ibiza and Formentera, Mallorca and Murcia by winds of 90 kilometers, and yellow in Almería, Granada, Jaén, Teruel, Albacete, Cuenca, Guadalajara, all Castile and León except Segovia and Valladolid, Barcelona, Girona, Tarragona, Madrid, Navarra, Cáceres, Galicia and Menorca.
The sea state It is also very adverse, with wind intervals of force 10 and waves that can reach eight meters in Alicante and Valencia and seven in Barcelona, Girona and Ibiza and Formentera and Mallorca. In the rest of the Catalan, Valencian and Balearic coast, as well as in A Coruña the warning is orange by waves of four to six meters, while it is yellow in Almería, Cádiz, the rest of the Galician coast, Cantabria, Basque Country and Asturias. Finally, Navarra has cold warning. This Monday, in the generalized collapse of temperatures that has occurred in phases It is the turn of the Mediterranean.
As meteorologists announced, they compare the situation with the powerful storm of January 2007 Gloria has already broken at least one record, the one with the biggest wave. At nine last night they were measured 6.56 meters buoy of Valencia, whose record was in 6.45 meters reached during said storm. On Sunday, the biggest wind streak occurred in Asturias, 133 kilometers per hour, while it rained the most was in the Balearic Islands, with more than 121 liters collected.
Why the virulence of the storm? “It’s not just the stormy Gloria, there are several factors that trigger a winter storm like the current one. The competition of the powerful anticyclone on the British Isles is essential. Between them the cold air is channeled and, afterwards, the humid one,” Rubén explains del Campo, spokesman for Aemet. Although as detailed by the special notice of Aemet, the storm tends to move south and fill in from the last hours of this Monday in the vicinity of North Africa, the storm will move on Tuesday towards the peninsular northeast, while it will improve in the rest of the areas, increasing the snow level progressively and decreasing the intensity of wind and rainfall from south to north.