Well what a week its been, calimas, clouds, tail end of Hurricane Lesley, a proposal of marriage and Draconids meteor shower! Few a lot can happen in a week. Well where do I start from? I suppose the obvious is the bad news first, so lets talk about, in good old British tradition, the weather! The Calima are sand storms that are blown up by winds in the Sahara. They blow the sand out over the Canaries and create a fog like effect of sand in the air that can be mistaken for clouds or thick fog. The week started with one of these. Usually these stay at low levels and although annoying for anyone trying to live in a dust free apartment, they can create some spectacular sunsets at altitude. Once I saw the sun disappear behind a particularly dense cloud of sand then reappear almost as if rising out of the horizon upside down and lighting the sky up red as if drenched in blood. It was amazing. These calimas, although a regular pain to those of us that live on the island, rarely effect our ability to stargaze though. Living on a Spanish Island it is easy to forget that we are nearer Africa than Europe and as such get African and not Spanish weather!
… a woman rang in the BBC earlier today and said that she had heard there was a hurricane coming, but if your watching don’t worry, there isn’t!
(Michael Fish – BBC weather Blooper 1987)
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