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Monday Meme: Picture of Me with a Body of Water Behind Me [ Monday, 31 Aug 09 | 18:20 ]
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[My Location |El Masnou (Barcelona) España]
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Ruben and I with the Mediterranean behind us.
Taken last November near Blanes, Catlunya.
Photo by Ángel

It was a cold, stormy day. Later it cleared up and was very sunny in the afternoon. There was a lot of beach damage last December due to storms.


From: winstonthriller
Monday, 31 Aug 09 | 17:06 (UTC)
Nice photo. Say--how cold does it get there?
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Monday, 31 Aug 09 | 18:18 (UTC)

How cold does it get there

You live in New England now and used to live in Northern California. Think Northern California. We are roughly the latitude of Eureka, California. Here is a summary of Barcelona's weather, which is about 15 km (10 miles) away from where I live: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barcelona#Climate

As for temperatures, December, January and February are the coldest months, average temperature of 9°C (48°F) at the Airport and over 10°C (50°F) in the city. (In general large cities are often slightly warmer than the surrounding area.)

It rarely freezes where I live as I am on the coast. It is considered to be in the USDA hardiness zone 10.

On average, the rainy seasons are spring and autumn, and the dry ones are winter and summer. The order from wettest to driest is: AUT-SPR-WIN-SUM. The Western Mediterranean Climate is one of the most irregular climates in the world. For instance, one year October can be very dry and July or February wet months. Annual rainfall is about 630 mm (25 inches).

Oh, and those jackets are just "windbreakers" and have no insulation.

Chuck, think Frémont or Sunnyvale in the Bay Area for temperatures

Edited at 2009-08-31 06:20 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: erstexman
Monday, 31 Aug 09 | 18:36 (UTC)

Re: How cold does it get there

When I was there in March, 2002, maybe a light jacket or thin cotton sweater was all I needed. A few days it got quite warm - short sleeves, etc. However, nights always pretty much called for a light jacket or sweater.

I hear it can be QUITE hot in summer though.
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Monday, 31 Aug 09 | 21:14 (UTC)

I hear it can be QUITE hot in summer though

Coming from someone who lives near Dallas, I have to laugh at that one.

The average high for the two hottest months, July and August, in Barcelona is 28°C (82°F). Compare that to 36°C (96°F) in Dallas. The highest temperature ever recorded in Barcelona is 38.6°C (101.5°F) compared to 33°C (112°F) in Dallas. Wikipedia says:

Dallas is located in a region that tends to receive warm, dry winds from the north and west in the summer, bringing temperatures well over 100°F (38°C) at times and heat-humidity indexes soaring to as high as 117°F (47°C). When only temperature itself is accounted for, Dallas is located is one of the hottest areas in the United States during the summer months, usually trailing only the Mojave Desert.

Here in summer normally the temperature only changes gradually from day-to-day. This summer has been a couple of degrees (C) hotter than usual.

Chuck, if you're are talking about the men here, they certainly can be QUITE hot, and not just in summer
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[User Picture]From: erstexman
Tuesday, 01 Sep 09 | 00:48 (UTC)

Re: I hear it can be QUITE hot in summer though

Yes, but our heat is a drier one...


Maybe I was thinking more of Valencia and Andalucia.
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Tuesday, 01 Sep 09 | 06:02 (UTC)

But our heat is a drier one...

I don't know about that. Dallas gets an average of 8.52 inches of rain during June, July and August compared to 4.84 inches in Barcelona. That's 76% more rain in the "Big D".

It's true that here on the coast we are around 60-70% humidity.

Andalucía, Sevilla for example, is hot 35°C (95°F) and humid.


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[User Picture]From: erstexman
Tuesday, 01 Sep 09 | 06:25 (UTC)

Re: But our heat is a drier one...

That rainfall almost all happens in early June. Our humidity for most of the summer is less than 40%. Not Phoenix, but not Houston either!
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[User Picture]From: erstexman
Monday, 31 Aug 09 | 18:33 (UTC)
Lovely photo there. Would never imagine the Mediterranean being that gray looking though.
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[User Picture]From: gorkabear
Tuesday, 01 Sep 09 | 09:11 (UTC)
It's winter sea... Now it's more blue-ish
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[User Picture]From: maxauburn
Monday, 28 Sep 09 | 13:42 (UTC)
Lovely photo.. and on so many levels.. thanks!
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Monday, 28 Sep 09 | 14:18 (UTC)


This was the last of about six pictures that I posted on this meme. I still have more to post for Wednesday and Friday.

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