Spring Mountain Conditions for the Sierra Nevada 2014

Not great news I’m afraid. We have some very dangerous mountain conditions above 2700m where there are extensive areas of hard ice on all slopes. Strangely, below 2700m, under thaw conditions then there are also some avalanche dangers.

We have been waiting for the warm sun to soften things up for some time now. A few days ago we were up on Cerro de Caballo and found that nothing has really changed in the past month. The main culprit seems to ...

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The ups and down of autumn in the Sierra Nevada mountains

Autumn is a strange season in the Sierra Nevada mountains. A season of great contrasts that can bring unexpected difficulties for walkers and trekkers. Summer changes to winter very quickly here. This article describes what to look out for and how to deal with it.

The Contrast

23rd September 2012

So there we were, sat on top of the peak of Veleta at 3398m in glorious sunshine with not a cloud in sight. Light winds and 300m temperatures about 15 deg C. We ...

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Alpujarras weather trends in 2011 from our Lanjaron meteo station

At the end of the year it is always interesting to look at the extremes, averages and trends in the years weather. Our weather station in Lanjaron, Alpujarras has provided the following information for 2011 (2010 figures in brackets).

Temperatures – nothing too different on the maximums and minimums, but interesting to note that 2011 was far more extreme overall than in  2010. The number of times the temperatures exceeded 30 or were less than 10 were much more than in ...

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Alpujarras monthly weather records since 2005

If you are a statistic freak like me, live in southern Spain and are constantly talking to friends about the ins and outs of the weather then this post may be for you. Put the myths to bed! When somebody says “It’s not as hot as it was last year!” or “It didn’t rain as much last year!”, then you now have the answer at your fingertips.

Below are the facts as recorded by our monthly records from our weather station ...

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The effects of windchill when in the mountains

Windchill is a factor we take into account most times when we visit the high Sierras. We ignore it at our peril. A 32km hour wind at 0 degrees centigrade gives an effective -12.5 degree “feel” to the temperature. The chart below will help in ascertaining the dangers.

Most likely from December to February each year, we can get -10 degree temperatures at 3000m on Mulhacen with winds of 56km per hour. This gives a ...

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Alpujarras Weather for your iPhone or Android Smartphones

Get Live Weather, Records, Graphs, Webcam and Forecasts for the Alpujarras region of southern Spain direct to your iPhone, Android or Smartphone.

Our Davis Vantage Pro weather station here in Lanjaron, in the Alpujarras, has been operating now for some 3 years and provided us with much information and records about the weather patterns here. Now we have prepared a smartphone version integrating readings from the station, ...

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Aspects of weather forecasting in the Sierra Nevada mountains

How do you judge mountain conditions in the Sierra Nevada from the wealth of information currently present on the internet? These are some pointers after having lived in these mountains for the last 8 years.

Many misjudgements of the weather come from the changing of the seasons and the related mountain risks that brings. Traditionally, the autumn and spring are the most unpredictable, as it may be t-shirt and shorts weather on the Costa Tropical, yet people could well be fighting ...

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Simulated Lanjaron forecasts now incorporated into our weather station

Our Davis Vantage Pro 2 weather station in Lanjaron has now been active and running now since October 2008. It is a useful resource for those who either live here or are visiting the Alpujarras. We have now incorporated a visual forecasting feature into our station reporting as a result of the technology devised and run by yowindow.com.

Top 7 features:

  • The weather at your fingertips – real cloud coverage, rain/snow, mist, wind
  • Total weather control
  • True Moon phase, Sun ...
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The unprecedented dangers in the Sierra Nevada mountains this winter

The tragic freak death of an experienced, much loved 58 year old mountain guide from Granada, has demonstrated the unprecedented perils of this winter season in Spain’s Sierra Nevada. Heavy rain and gale force winds have brought a series of blizzard conditions to the high mountains since mid-December. What are the dangers and how do we deal with them?

Whatever the truth about El Niño this year, the fact remains that whilst the UK has been having the coldest and snowiest ...

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