Although it rarely snows in the Greek islands – More than ½ meter of snow in Alonissos and Skopelos

“Low temperatures, especially in certain areas of Northern Greece resemble Siberia,”  says meteorologist.

Twenty inches of snow even on the beaches.

Dressed in white many regions of Greece. Especially in Alonissos, where the amount of snow exceeds 50 cm  (20 inches) even on the beaches.

7 Jan 2017 –  This is causing difficulties, because the island has been without power for a few hours. Therefore there is no access to water because the water system is not working dues to the power outage.

The snow is also causing problems in Skopelos. Skopelos Mayor Christos Vasiloudis said that half of the island is covered by more than 30 cm (a foot) of snow. Here there are also power cuts.

According to meteorologist John Kallianos “Today Saturday there is a great chance to see snowfall in the city of Patras, which has not been happening for many years.

Snowfalls have also been seen in East Central, Thessaly, Euboea, Peloponnese and Crete. Dressed in white is Mytilene, and in Attica it snowed in the mountains.

“Low temperatures, especially in certain areas of Northern Greece resemble Siberia.”

http://www.protothema.gr/greece/article/643299/skopelos-alonnisos-hionia/

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link


2 thoughts on “Although it rarely snows in the Greek islands – More than ½ meter of snow in Alonissos and Skopelos”

  1. I am not surprised of that. I have been watching temperature over the globe using this :

    https://www.windytv.com/?temp,41.361,17.461,4

    It has been colder then usual over part of Europe, North America, some part of North of North Africa and Middle East.

    Here in Quebec Canada, we have been lucky so far with a bit warmer weather then usual. It can go from -10 C to 3 C withing a day.

  2. Weather events like this are cyclic, the following is far worse:
    During the start of the Gleissberg period 1860 to 1930, Lesbos experienced the great frost:
    http://www.helleniccomserve.com/vatoussagreatfrost_030705.html
    Extraction:
    “Our island suffered three great catastrophes the previous century. One from the plague of 1836 during which twenty-five thousand people died. The second from the great earthquake that occurred on the 23rd of February in 1867 and another one on the 12th of January in 1850 during which, after the unexpected cold on that day, all the trees and the plants of our island dried up. This last catastrophe was the greatest of all the others and we will attempt to describe it with the greatest brevity possible.
    The last months of 1849 were summery. Hot sun, like the sun of June, ceaseless rains, cool breeze, suitable for every type of vegetation, gave the soil so much life, that someone would think that spring had come again. The almond-trees were adorned with their white flowers since the end of November. On the vines, the buds flourished. And the olive trees and the other trees had so much sap inside them that they were about to burst from such exceptional growth, spurred by the extraordinarily summery weather. The eleventh of January arrived. In the evening, the weather started to change and the cold became a little more bitter. The 12th of January dawned. In the morning, when the sun rose, it was so red and dim, that you would think that you had seen a spherical ball full of blood. The sky began to darken at once. Huge and dull clouds, which were pushed by an intense wind, hid the sun and scattered black and silent darkness on the whole island, like the darkness that causes an indefinable horror to people. The atmosphere became heavy and depressive and the cold increased incessantly. People, without knowing why, started returning from their fields intimidated by some indescribable fear, which was depicted on their face.
    However, another incident, really extraordinary, which the villagers saw for the first time, made their hearts feel timid and become even more frightened. At ten o’clock, before midday, all the animals that were in the fields, namely oxen, goats, mules and so on, started to leave and with wailing and mournful cries to come to the villages, stand in front of the doors of the houses and seek shelter to protect themselves. In the meantime, this cold continued to increase. Daylight became an everlasting dusk.
    At midday, at all the beaches of the island, the sea began to ‘boil’–as we say–and produce a kind of steam. No bird flying in the air could be seen. Most of them were already dead, frozen! The hours passed in agony and caused deadly grief to the people, who started to have a presentiment of some great disaster. It was two o’clock after midday. At once, the thermometer started showing 13-15 degrees below zero. At the same time, the soil, especially at the places where it was sown, as if some invisible force was pushing it, began to overturn and hurl the grains, so that their roots could be seen. Gentle noises, gentle but horrible noises which portended nothing positive, were then heard in all the fields. . . and that was all.
    The great, calamitous, terrifying catastrophe had come to an end. That horrible noise which was heard like the howling of a fairy spirit, was the tearing of the bark of the trees, which couldn’t hold because of the great amount of sap that had gathered inside them in the last, summery months, as we said. When it came into contact with the cold, which was unusual for our place and our trees, it cracked from the cold and caused the great calamity. And the results were really terrifying. All the trees of the island dried up. All the flowers, all the vegetables and every bit of vegetation withered. All the olive-trees, the ornament of our island, the ornament from which we receive our precious revenue, olive-oil, were dry, dead.
    Most of the animals died. People were found dead from the cold in the countryside. It was as if a breath of death passed from side to side through all our beautiful Lesvos! And the people? The inhabitants of the island? Ah! The unfortunate people! Misery devoured them, famine exterminated them, poverty beat them! A lot of months passed and they had no jobs. The notables held a meeting in the villages and decided that they would not organize joyful celebrations and festivals, the fiancés would not send presents to the fiancées and they would not wear formal clothes during the celebrations!

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