Ibiza’s Mistral

January 28th, 2009 - 10:19 am Posted in ibiza | Comments (0)

ibizaThe weather in Ibiza can sometimes get monotonous – hot, sunny and of no use whatsoever to ‘cloud-spotters’.

But winter in Ibiza it’s a lot more exciting. Occasionally we have dramatic electric storms and rainfall of the sort of biblical proportions that would have made Noah proud. Now, this weekend, we had the rare privilege of participating in the fallout from France’s famed ‘mistral’.

This is the cold dry wind that sweeps down the Rhone valley, that bisects France, whenever a huge winter high pressure weather system over the Atlantic shoves a deep low pressure system into the North Sea. The wind that drives the icy cold Arctic air down between France’s Central Massif and the Alps is affectionately known as ‘the master’ in the local language of each country it sweeps through.

Ibiza’s share arrived last weekend catching Ibiza’s elderly trees, perfectly crouched over the years to deal with Ibiza’s prevailing southern breezes, completely by surprise. We too awoke to find half of the town without electricity and had to make our own coffee on the stove… whilst staring at blank monitors.

Outside the building a palm tree had literally snapped in half and the beaches to the north of Ibiza were littered with boats of all shapes and sizes torn from their moorings and washed up onto the beaches. It was carnage…

However, one of the advantages of this phenomenon is that it destroys clouds, so the sky is deceptively blue and the atmosphere clear. It looks nice out.

Sufficiently tempted we set off, we had business to attend to in nearby Es Canar, but all of the roads were blocked by fallen trees, so we spent the rest of the weekend with the rest of the local mariners in the ‘Tall Ships’ playing pool and watching the FA Cup unfold…

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