The perfect storm hits Almeria


Driving through snow on the island just before the Water Park, Vera Playa on Monday morning.

LAST Sunday night there was a storm to end all storms in the Almeria Costa area. I have never heard thunder the like of it before; my house in Vera Playa was literally shaking. If you like me are a pet owner you have my deepest sympathy. It was a tough old night sleep-wise.

Starting at around midnight it carried on unabated for about three hours with all forms of precipitation on show including rain, sleet and hail which then built up into snow. The noise was simply earth shattering. In fact with loud bangs all through the night and then waking up in the morning with no internet connection at home I can only imagine this is similar to most days in Egypt at the moment.

On my way into the office at 7am I actually drove through snow. I almost didn’t stop to take a photo as having been in Austria last week, seeing it was nothing new. Then I took a double take. How many times have I driven through show over here? Answer. None.

So I doubled back and for posterity’s sake took a picture which should go down in the annals of history.

The most incredible thing about the whole surreal episode is that as I wrote this article a mere two hours later,  the skies are blue and everything is almost back to normal. That’s the beauty of this incredible area of Spain that we have chosen to call home.

By Richard Shanley


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