On 26 August 2019 widespread thunderstorms caused severe flooding in parts of Spain.
11, November 2020
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.
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
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Massive storms over Italy and the Mediterranean Sea
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.
Heavy snow in parts of Spain
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Early summer convection in central Argentina and Uruguay
Severe convection in central Argentina in December 2020.
Nearly-record snowfall in the western Alps in December 2020
Winter 2020 started with more than 2 m snow in the Alps and an extreme amount of rain.