Santa Cruz de Tenerife and San Cristóbal de La Laguna began 1999 with a storm of rain, wind and haze that put upside down both locations. The sky, however, had another surprise in store for them to add to that meteorological cocktail: a hailstorm that left streets white as if it were snow.
This Tuesday, January 11, marks the 23rd anniversary of a storm that “made history in the Canary Islands”, as could be read in the newspapers of the time. Some points of these two Tenerife cities, such as the La Salud neighborhood or Herradores street, were covered by a thin white layer, an unusual event, which also left several damage.
The State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) describes the event as “one of the most memorable hailstorms on the island of Tenerife”, in which almost 40 centimeters were accumulated at some points in La Laguna in just 10 minutes. “It also affected the municipalities of Tacoronte and those of higher altitude in Santa Cruz de Tenerife,” recalls Aemet.
Around 7:00 p.m. on January 11, 1999, an intense hailstorm began to fall over several areas of Tenerife. In La Laguna it fell in such a way that it could be seen on the sidewalks a few centimeters thick. The temperature in the capital reached a minimum of 10 degrees Celsius, one of the lowest in recent years. The peaks were also snowy to very low levels.