A line on the sea

Roque Teneguía and a line on the sea
November 21, 2018

La Palma sits in the trade winds. Most days of the year we have a stiff breeze from the northwest. That creates most of the island’s climate: the wind hits the island at Barlovento (which means “windward”) and gets flows uphill. As it rises, it cools down and forms clouds. Sometimes it rains, and Barlovento is the wettest part of the island with a metre of rain per year. By…

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Snow at the Roque

February 14, 2018

On Sunday I had a tour group at the Roque. The direct route from Santa Cruz was closed due to ice, and I had to go up and down the long way around, through Garafía. It made for a long, tiring day, but the scenery was spectacular. The sun had melted much of the snow, except for anything facing north, and the rest had turned to ice (or was ice…

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Lucky with the weather

January 30, 2018

Yesterday I had an excursion to Cumbrecita, and I was really lucky with the weather. The first bus there got the rain. We got the rainbow. I announced that I sometimes had customers who blamed me for bad weather, so I was taking credit for the rainbow. I think I did an excellent job.

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Big waves at Los Cancajos

November 9, 2017

This morning I went for a walk at Los Cancajos with a friend. You can swim at Los Cancajos most days of the year. As you can see, today wasn’t one of them. The sea was very rough so we took photos instead. I’m rather pleased about the first one, since I worked out that if I went and stood in a certain place, there might well be a rainbow…

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Ice at the Roque

February 22, 2017

Yesterday I went to work as a tour guide at the observatory. At 9a .m. it was 6 ºC, but the ice from overnight was still there, glistening inthe sunlight. Fortunately the road was almost completely clear.

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Stormy waves at Los Cancajos

Los Cancajos beach, Bre;a Baja pon a windy day
July 14, 2016

Visits to the Roque were cancelled for the last two days due to high winds. It hasn’t been particularly windy at sea level, but looking at the weather stations at the Roque, the telescopes have had gale force winds. It was only gusty when I went for a walk along the cliff top in Los Cancajos, but the sea was wild, I think from winds further away. The red flag…

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