Thursday, April 9, 2015

Blow Wind Blow

We take a break from our Málaga history programming (see previous post) for this special weather report.

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Although after our frigid month in New York San Geraldo swore he would never again complain about the weather in Fuengirola, I didn't give that statement much credence. Good thing, too. We just had quite a day and a half. High winds Tuesday that continued to build all through the night and into Wednesday. San Geraldo moved plants and furniture to safer spots on the terrace, we rolled down our storm/security shutters, and hoped we'd find everything still out there in the morning. The surf was so high that the water washed over the beach clubs' chaise lounges and "sombrillas," and nearly reached the pavement.

By Wednesday night, the winds had calmed and the surf was just a little less aggressive. Then it rained. And hailed! And then came a brief and very close encounter with thunder and lightning. I found it captivating. San Geraldo (and the cats)... not so much.

I'll be back tomorrow with more Málaga history.


Glimpses of Tuesday




And Wednesday






Wednesday's seas made me think of Muddy Waters.  So, blow wind blow.

33 comments:

  1. Perhaps you ought to consider moving further south - like, yes, Morocco!

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    1. Ray:
      It's a rough life here, but I'll think we'll tough it out. (Besides, it's windy in Morocco, too. And then there's that equal rights thing!)

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  2. What lousy weather - but I find storms kind of exciting. Neat to watch the power of the water. Too bad it is so destructive.

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    1. Cheapchick:
      I enjoy it myself... although more than two days without sunshine is no fun (we're spoiled). But the view is spectacular.

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  3. We are having thunder and lightning and torrential rains off and on today. It usually doesn't bother the cats, but I noticed that Cassidy woke up and looked around at one point. We needed the rain, and I like stormy weather, if only (to echo Cheapchick) it weren't destructive. This is tornado season here in the Midwest, and that is truly bad.

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    1. Michael:
      Our cats spent that one really bad night in the den. It's at the opposite end of the apartment and the window opens onto a glassed-in hallway. Cowards!

      We've been reading about some of the awful tornados in your area. I've never lived in a tornado zone and find that to be the scariest weather.

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    1. Gosia:
      We had a taste of summer last week and, yes, I'm ready for it. Or at least our Mediterranean spring.

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  5. We get wind occasionally in Texas that gets pretty fierce, but we don't have the ocean. Great pictures of the turbulent water.

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    1. Linda:
      I could watch the surf all day and night. I was never as happy when I lived in land-locked areas.

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  6. You've been inundated! Glad no one was hurt, and delighted by your musical choice today; thank you for the smile!

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    1. Jacqueline:
      If this is the weather we have to complain about, we really have no right to complain. Surf is still choppy today, but much milder. It's overcast and beautiful.

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  7. So, it's not all sunshine and lollipops?

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    1. Bob:
      Well, it's not all sunshine but there are always lollipops if we want.

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  8. Don't you love it when 'mother nature' takes over for a while, I do!
    Time to stop and respect her might.
    I know there are others who feel differently and it can be scary for them.
    Great photos Mitchell. It odes look nasty.

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    1. Jim:
      I do love our extremes of weather as long as no one gets hurt. Her power is magnificent.

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  9. Highs seas are exciting, especially in retrospect.

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    1. Wilma:
      The fishermen were obviously not happy, but from my safe perch, it was spectacular.

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  10. There's always a downside to everything, even living in an ideal spot near the beach.

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    1. Stephen:
      And it's not really much of a downside for me. For San Geraldo on the other hand...

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  11. I love storms... and think the sea is just amazing when it "goes wild"..... wish we were near the sea more often. Love your photos of that rough water.

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    1. Sharon:
      It's beautiful to witness. Just glad I don't make my living on that sea!

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  12. Shutters at your apartment. I'd like to see what they are about one day when you have a chance.

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    1. Andrew:
      They're nothing exotic or beautiful. Just those metal roll-down things that roll back into the wall. They're for security, privacy, sun, and wind. I'll share a photo soon.

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  13. Just remember: fast and furious is better than frigid.

    Stay safe over there too!

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    1. Robyn:
      Slow and furious is better than frigid, too! Come to think of it, there are a lot of things better than frigid.

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  14. I hate wind. On those occasions when we close up the house against a storm, meaning that all the shutters are pulled-to, every strange noise makes me want to look outside. And the fact that I can't look makes me want to look more. So I have to huddle under the blankets and block the noises with my pillow (which doesn't really work). Aaack!

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      I love it. But because, like you, San Geraldo gets really stressed about it, I don't enjoy the sounds as much as I used to.

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  15. I'm with Walt - it completely stresses me. I keep waiting for the greenhouse to blow apart. But last year I invested in a used pair of Bosch noise canceling headphones. Best £100 I spent as I slip them on in bed if it's a very windy night and with the noise canceling function activated all you hear is white noise! With the added benefit that they are also great on airplanes of course. Those photos are amazing - I guess I know that it gets stormy in Spain but seeing it like that really brings it home.

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    1. Craig:
      Jerry sleeps with New Age relaxation music playing at fairly high volume. I like sound spa backgrounds myself. I suggested he use the sounds of a rainstorm. It didn't go over well.

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  16. Seems like you may have angered the gods in North America, not at all fair. I do however love the chance for something ferocious to blow me away. The colours get me a tingling inside. I love colour and your Med. colours ~~ mmmm!!

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    1. Ron:
      It was amazing to see the difference between the colors of the sea from Tuesday to Wednesday. Today was glorious and they were back to shades of aquamarine, ultramarine, and more.

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  17. Oh but I love a good sea storm. It's always a good idea on stormy days to have a hot cup of tea and tell ghost stories.

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