To say we’ve had a bad calima is putting it mildly! It has been widely complained about, with many reporting chest congestion, stinging eyes, and difficulty in breathing, and so on. And yesterday, there came scientific confirmation from the Spanish National Research Council that while the recommended exposure for public health to calima dust is 50 ug (micrograms) per cubic metre, we’ve been experiencing 940 ug/m3 … nearly 20 times the healthy limit. That was the maximum recorded on Tuesday just gone. Thankfully, today we have a bit of cloud cover and the calima is very much passing. But last night, we had this sunset  … the dust in the atmosphere is so bad for so many things but for sunsets, it’s a gift! 

Gran Canaria is burning again

Gran Canaria is burning again

  Photo: Gran Canaria Cabildo. Updated 24 February: At first light, an army Military Emergencies crew of 85 left Seville for Gran Canaria to join firefighting efforts which continue today. There are now 176 military personnel in the island to assist local crews which...

Wild weather causes wide disruption across Canaries

Wild weather causes wide disruption across Canaries

Updated 8.30pm: The Canarian Government has announced that state schools throughout Tenerife will remain closed tomorrow because of the calima, and reopen on Wednesday. Of course tomorrow is a public holiday in some municipios anyway (see HERE) so their schools would...

Carnaval 2020

Carnaval 2020

Updated 19 February 2020: Santa Cruz’ Carnaval has been taking place since the end of January, with murga and dance groups competing indoors, but from now the carnival enters its most famous phase, with the crowning of the carnival queen tonight in the Recinto Ferial...

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