On 26 August 2019 widespread thunderstorms caused severe flooding in parts of Spain.
11 November 2020
26 August 2019
By Jose Prieto (EUMETSAT)
On Monday 26 August severe thunderstorms swept from the south west of the Iberian peninsula and stretched to the north of Africa. In central Spain, Madrid, and some surrounding small towns, were flooded.
An area of tropospheric low pressure at high levels of the atmosphere created the conditions for strong convection, as reflected in the Meteosat-11 composite image at 16:12 UTC (Figure 1).
The convection also brought severe hailstorms and and tornados. According to AEMET, the Spanish meteorological agency, there were 9,300 bolts of lightning over Madrid.
Other Spanish thunderstorm cases
Intense Mediterranean cyclone's Alpine crossing
A cyclone that intensified over Mediterranean waters took a very direct path over the Alps.
Cold wave along the Spanish Mediterranean coast
In January 2017 a cold intrusion in Spain caused snowfall, gale storm winds and significant wave height that broke several records.
A stormy time for Europe
The end of May and the beginning of June 2016 saw a particularly stormy period over Europe.
Massive storms over Italy & the Med
A large convective system brought severe storms to Naples and the Balearics in early September.
High-level mountain wave cloud over Pyrenees
Pronounced high-level orographic cloud pattern behind the ridge of Pyrenees.
Latest case studies
Large smoke plume from wildfires in Russia
In Summer 2021 Russia saw unprecedented widespread wildfires ravage large swathes of Siberia.
Devastating floods in western Europe
Catastrophic floods hit Germany, Belgium and parts of West Europe mid July 2021.
Catastrophic tornado in the Czech Republic
Satellites' view on the catastrophic tornado case on 24 June 2021 in the Czech Republic.
Big bloom in the Firth of Clyde
Sentinel-3 captures a phytoplankton bloom surrounding the Isle of Arran, June 2021.