He Government of the Canary Islands has activated the alert for rain and wind at Santa Cruz province Tenerife before the arrival of the squall Óscar, located from this Monday to the southwest of the Azores islands and which, according to the State Meteorological Agency, It is made up of several frontal systems that will deepen and get closer to the islands during the day of this Tuesday and Wednesday, with special affectation in the western half of the archipelago.
The state agency details that «It is about successive small lows in subtropical latitudes, within the great storm, with its associated fronts and high moisture content that will impact the islands. One of these small storms will be the one that will deepen especially”, which will give rise during these two days to generalized, persistent and locally strong or very strong rains, and less intense and frequent on the islands of the Las Palmas province.
It details that the incidence of the southwest wind with the orography of the most mountainous islands will enhance the rains, especially on the western and southern slopes. In addition, during Wednesday it is likely that precipitation will fall accompanied by storms.
Óscar also arrives with an “intense associated pressure gradient”, which implies strong winds from the southwest, with very strong gusts of up to 70 kilometers per hour on the northwestern and eastern slopes of the highest islands and locally it could exceed 90 kilometers per hour on the summits and in the northwest of the islands of The Palm and TenerifeHence, both areas remain with the orange warning from the State Meteorological Agency as of midnight on Monday.
The storm will go around the map of the archipelago to the northeast, to be located at the end of the day on Tuesday to the west of the peninsula, where it will remain, always according to Aemet, for several days, probably until the weekend.
Its effects there will be more limited than in Canary Islandswith fairly widespread rainfall as of Wednesday, while in the archipelago the episode of intense rains and winds is expected to end on Thursday.
In detail, the warning map paints the peaks and the west of La Palma in orange, as well as the north of Tenerife due to a significant risk of gusts of wind, and practically the entire western province is reduced to a yellow warning due to rains of up to 20 liters in one hour, also in areas of La PalmaMeanwhile in La Gomera, The ironnorth of Tenerife, and the east, south and west of Gran Canaria the accumulated may be 15 liters per hour.
In the north, peaks, east, south and west of Gran Canaria, winds with slightly lower maximum speeds are expected, around 70 kilometers per hour.
The mix is completed by the warnings, also yellow, for coastal phenomena that affect the east and west of La Palma, with winds of up to force 7, as well as in the east, south and west of Tenerife, due to the same intensity of the wind.
These warnings, except those for coastal phenomena, will remain in force on Wednesday, especially in Tenerife, which will continue alone with the orange warning for winds and precipitation to return to normal on Thursday.
This Tuesday, a greater intensity of air speed was already evident in the Izaña meteorological stations, at the top of Tenerife, with gusts of up to 75 kilometers per hour shortly after noon, while at La Palma airport they exceeded 60 kilometers per hour.
It should also be noted that the storm does not bring with it a drop in temperatures, hoping that the maximum will be around 29 degrees Celsius, like the one noted this Monday in The Village of San Nicolásgiven that the prediction speaks of values with few changes, except for decreases in the peaks of La Palma, Tenerife and Gran Canaria, and slight ascents in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
Right on those two islands, as well as on the gracefulthe effects of the Oscar storm will go somewhat more unnoticed, with less intense winds and some rains that are relegated to Wednesday, with little possibility that they fall weakly and dispersed, according to the prediction of the state agency.
Detours in Los Rodeos
The winds and low visibility were already making themselves felt at the Tenerife North airport, forcing Binter to divert at least five flights on Monday afternoon to the Tenerife South campus, to which are added several waits flying over the east of the Tenerife airport. Rodeos and some botched shots, as reported by air traffic controllers via Twitter. Added to these are the diversions, some to airports in the Canary Islands, of flights to Funchal, since the Madeira archipelago will be literally swallowed by the system, which anchors the position in its vertical for a good part of the episode. Added to these incidents is the information from the State Meteorological Agency that storm Óscar is being monitored by the Miami National Hurricane Center, since during the next few hours it could acquire some characteristics typical of tropical systems, to point out that this fact does not mean that it will become a tropical storm. | JJJ