Global warming strikes!
Spain is in a race against time to clear roads covered by heavy snow, and get Covid vaccines and food supplies to areas affected by Storm Filomena.
Up to 50cm (20 inches) of snow fell on the capital Madrid, one of the worst hit areas, between Friday and Saturday.
At least four people died and thousands of travellers were left stranded.
Overnight, temperatures plunged to -8C (18F) in parts of Spain, amid warnings by meteorologists that the snow was turning to perilous ice.
The unusual cold wave on the Iberian peninsula is expected to last until Thursday.
The Spanish government said it had taken extra steps – including police-escorted convoys – to ensure its expected shipment of some 300,000 coronavirus vaccines can be distributed as planned to regional health authorities later on Monday.
“The commitment is to guarantee the supply of health, vaccines and food. Corridors have been opened to deliver the goods,” Transport Minister Jose Luis Abalos said on Sunday.
Soldiers have been deployed to clear some of the 700 major roads.
Some 3,500 tonnes of salt were later brought on lorries to the capital, Spain’s El Mundo website reported on Monday.
Madrid’s international airport began gradually resuming operations on Sunday afternoon, having cancelled all flights on Friday.
Some 500 people across the Madrid region were forced to spend the night in temporary shelter, including sports centres, after they were trapped by the whiteout.
About 100 shoppers and staff spent two nights at a shopping centre in Majadahonda, a town north of the capital. “There are people sleeping on the ground on cardboard,” one restaurant employee told TVE television.
But you see, it’s not “global warming” anymore.
It’s “climate change.”
That means that all bad weather, whatever it might be, is your fault.
If the weather is ever good, that is a result of the actions of the Davos Forum.