Musings and forecasts of Andalusian weather and climate, from a veteran meteorologist.
By: esteban9 , 6:14 PM GMT on May 19, 2011
Just as we completed a paper for submission to the "Revista del Aficionado de la Meteorologia" (RAM) journal about the deadly flash flood in Cordoba province on 16 August 2010, ANOTHER event occurred in the province this afternoon today. The affected village was Cañete de las Torres, very close to Bujalance, where one man perished in the August 2010 event. Today one woman died. Very tragic.
There is no direct warning system in Spain for floods. The meteorological agency AEMET issues warnings for heavy rains, but not floods per se. This is pointed out in the analysis for RAM. See a pre-publication version here - (in Spanish). The president of the Junta de Andalucía, José Antonio Griñán, promised after the August event (article) that the Junta would determine the causes of the flooding. I recommended the Consejería de Medio Ambiente of the Junta on 12 May that they look into this issue, and they said that the matter would be taken up by "competent people;" so far I have received no response.
Today another person died in a similar event - has anyone taken action to improve warnings, so that this tragic story doesn't repeat itself?
More details forthcoming.
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