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¡Tromba de agua! [ Monday, 13 Aug 07 | 12:50 ]
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Thats’s cloudburst in English. This morning’s lead story on-line of El Periodico was...

Cortada la N-2 entre Montgat y El Masnou por un corrimiento de tierra causado por el temporal de lluvia 

Meaning that Nacional II, the road that runs by my home, was cut between El Masnou and Montgat, the next town towards Barcelona, by a land slide caused by the rain.

When I went by the scene just before noon on my late morning bike ride they were still using bulldozers to clear the sand that had washed down the ravine. From what I could see debris were trapped under the roadway and this caused a backup and overflow onto the roadway.

All the various little stream channels showed considerable evidence of the deluge and erosion. Already there was equipment out on the beaches repairing the damage. The mud puddles of last week had grown to small ponds. But I was still able to complete my normal bike route without much problem.

Yesterday evening I had gone to New Chaps to meet the contestants for Mr. Bear Spain. But it was overly packed with people so I left early arriving home around 10 pm.

I saw a couple of flashes and thought, who’s taking pictures around here? I stepped out on the terrace and noticed lightning to the west over Barcelona and to the north over the low mountains. I didn’t know what direction the storm was going, but after a few minutes I figured that it was all headed my way.

I turned on TV3/24 to watch the local weather forecast and determined it had been recorded earlier in the day with a forecast of only partly cloudy for the evening. So I went to my laptop and pointed my browser to the XRAD image and gasped. There was lots of precipitation nearby, and not soft shades of green, but yellow, orange and red. I checked on the animation and it looked like all hell was converging to where I live.

The flashes of lightning grew brighter and more frequent and the growls of thunder became louder. And then it started to rain. And it got heavier and heavier. I looked out on Torrent Umbert and it had become it’s namesake — a torrent. I saw a big trash container and what looked like TV chasis flow down the street.

The lights went out for about 10 minutes and then came back. Surprising my ADSL was still up, albeit at a reduced rate of 8 mbps. There was no traffic on the roads as people wisely decided not to risk being flooded. Walking around I saw evidence that the water had come up on the sidewalks. The train station was a haven for people waiting out the worst of the storm.

After about an hour it had settled down to a light rain and this morning sunshine and a few clouds.

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[User Picture]From: gorkabear
Monday, 13 Aug 07 | 12:50 (UTC)

Nice weather

Most of the plants on my balcony got trashed because of the strong winds.

But these suddent storms that last for minutes are very common here. For ages, most of the towns flooded with them. With the exception of a few ones in your comarca, the problems were most or less fixed by covering the "rieras".

As a spanish poet once said "Spain can't rain" (España no sabe llover)
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[User Picture]From: rockey1
Monday, 13 Aug 07 | 15:23 (UTC)

Back to the grind here

And so the new semester begins once again. I finally got back from OZ and now it is Damn not as it can be here in Kansas At this time of year but it is unseasonably hot here 101 tomorrow or I guess to you 38.3. I have a friend here in KC that wond the Bear contst in St Louis last November and will be at the December Bear Contst in Spain. He and his partner are looking forward to the trip. I hpe that you are well.
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Monday, 13 Aug 07 | 20:33 (UTC)

December Bear Contst in Spain

I assume you mean Mad.Bear in Madrid from 5 to 9 in December.

Aside from the storm last night I am doing fine. It was 27ºC (81ºF) here today and that's plenty hot enough for me.

Chuck
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[User Picture]From: rockey1
Monday, 13 Aug 07 | 21:04 (UTC)

I am not sure what contest

Just know that it is in Early December. Hugs but guy and have a great week.
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