The storm Filomena, the intense snowstorm that has caused 16 autonomous communities plus Ceuta They woke up on alert this Thursday, has frozen part of the province of León, in which very low marks have been reached. Specifically, the Vega de Liordes enclave, located in the Leonese sector of the Picos de Europa and belonging to the municipality of Posada de Valdeón (433 inhabitants), has registered -35.6 degrees, while the Prado Veneiro-Babia station , in the municipality of San Emiliano de Babia (665 inhabitants), also in the north of León, it has reached -29.3 degrees. However, these low marks cannot be homologated as a record as they are not registered in official meteorological observatories, but in those of two associations.
The lowest record, that of Posada de Valdeón, has been in an extensive meadow in the upper area of the Massif Central de los Picos de Europa, at a crossroads. In the area, troops from the Military Emergency Unit (UME) were deployed on Tuesday to clear the traffic roads of snow and facilitate their opening. The Noromet meteorological association, to which one of the two stations that have recorded the icy temperatures belongs, has also found other very low ones in the Leonese municipalities of San Emiliano de Babia (-23.5ºC), Villamanín (-20, 5ºC) or Lugeros (-20.3ºC) and Burón (-16.6ºC).
Miguel Iglesias, vice president of Noromet, points out that the physical characteristics of Vega de Liordes have facilitated such an extreme temperature. “It is a poljé (large depression in the terrain or sinkhole) located south of the central massif of Picos de Europa, at approximately 1850 meters above sea level. If there were not that closed depression in the terrain, the cold air would escape down the valley and would heat up as it descends to lower areas. In this case, when it accumulates in that poljé, it barely heats up and at the same time continues to re-cool inside the pool due to various heat loss processes ”, explains the physicist. Iglesias also points out that “in general, all the towns in Babia have been around or below -20ºC” and that “the Prado Veneiro station is located in a sinkhole near the town of San Emiliano de Babia, but not it is an inhabited environment ”.
Rubén del Campo, spokesman for the official Aemet, highlighted this Thursday that the cold has been “the dominant note” during the last two days in large areas of the Peninsula, with lows that have dropped to -10ºC, as in Reinosa (Cantabria) , where at eight thirty this morning it was -17.3ºC; Villablino (León), with -14.3ºC at seven thirty; and -12.3ºC at seven in Benasque (Huesca). On Three Kings Day, -14ºC was reached in Puerto del Pico (Ávila) and in provincial capitals like Teruel it reached -9ºC. Even at high altitudes in the Pyrenees, in the Cantabrian mountain range and the Iberian system, values lower than 20ºC have been recorded in these two days, although since they occur in stations that do not belong to the official Meteorology network, these data lack “official character” . On Wednesday, at the Clot de la Llança weather station, in the Catalan Pyrenees, the temperature reached -34.1ºC, as reported by the Alt Pirineu Natural Park, dependent on the Generalitat of Catalonia.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.