Spain: First snow now flooding rains to come

It seems Spain its having quite an unusual and prolonged winter 

And now the same system that brought snow on Thursday is to bring floods this weekend;

Residents from Barcelona, Spain, to Nice, France, will face the risk of flooding rain into the start of the weekend.

The same storm that allowed unusual snow to fall in Madrid on Thursday will tap into enough moisture from the Mediterranean Sea to unleash heavy rain in northeastern Spain, the southern coast of France and neighboring coastal northwestern Italy.

A band of rain, heavy at times, will swing across northeastern Spain into Friday evening before targeting southeastern France and the northwestern coast of Italy once again on Saturday.

A total of 25-50 mm (1-2 inches) from northeastern Spain into the western Alps is likely with locally over 75 mm (3 inches),” AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said.

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“March is not a month of torrential rains in the Mediterranean, so if flooding finally occurs at this time, it would be an unusual episode,” Gabriel Salvà, a meteorologist at Barcelona’s International Airport, told AccuWeather.

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http://spanishnewstoday.com/galicia-freezes-in-early-spring-snow_87221-a.html

Bayern joke with Real Madrid as capital hit by snow: We’re going to feel at home.

It is rare for snow to fall in Spain’s capital of Madrid, but football clubs were willing to see the humorous side with the international break currently underway.

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The Russians Hacked the US Winter Weather ;)

From Dr Roy Spencer:

Now that winter has officially ended, I thought it would be useful to address the central role that Russia played in ending California’s drought, as well as in the unusually warm conditions over the eastern U.S. this past winter.
First, let’s address the record California rains and mountain snowpack. While such a wet winter usually requires a strong El Nino, we had just the opposite — a weak La Nina.

So, what happened?

California: The “Atmospheric River” Doesn’t Explain It

Blaming the wet winter in California on the “atmospheric river” effect is, in my professional opinion, rather lame. It’s like blaming a flash flood on “too much water”. Well, duh.

So, what caused the atmospheric river?

A persistent series of extratropical storms (low pressure systems) coming into California.

But what caused the storms?

An enhanced temperature contrast between the tropics and mid-latitudes, always required for the formation of such low pressure systems.

But what caused the enhanced temperature contrast?

It wasn’t El Nino, the usual culprit in stormy California winters, because we had the opposite — La Nina.

It was because our winter was hacked by the Russians

It all started back in October, 2016. (Before the election! A coincidence? I think not.)

October experienced an unusually rapid buildup of the cold season air mass in Siberia, as seen in this temperature departure-from-normal map (all maps courtesy of Weatherbell.com):

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