Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Let it snow!

Si! Me enteré! Y la noticia apareció hoy en todos los diarios.

El artículo que les copio abajo salió en el Daily Mail.

Argentine capital gets first snowfall in 90 years

Snowballs were thrown in the streets of Buenos Aires as the capital's first major snowfall since 1918 spread a thin white mantle across the region.

Wet snow fell for hours on Monday, after freezing air from Antarctica collided with a moisture-laden low pressure system.

In higher climbs in western and central Argentina, snow fell heavily and blanketed the region.

"Despite all my years, this is the first time I've ever seen in snow in Buenos Aires," said Juana Benitez, an 82-year-old who joined children celebrating in the streets.

Argentina's National Weather Service said it was the first major snow in Buenos Aires since June 22, 1918, though sleet or freezing rain have been periodically reported in decades since.

A woman laps up the snow fall - the first in her lifetime in Buenos Aires

A snow-covered car parked up on a Buenos Aires street after a surprise snowfall

One man stripped to his shorts to welcome the snow. Children scraped snow of cars and threw snowballs.

Motorists honked horns, some with small snowmen on their hoods. Some fender benders were reported on slick suburban streets.

The storm struck on Argentina's Independence Day holiday, adding to a festive air and prompting radio stations to play an old tango song inspired by the 1918 snowfall, "What a night!"

"This is the kind of weather phenomenon that comes along every 100 years," forecaster Hector Ciappesoni told La Nacion newspaper. "It is very difficult to predict."

The snow followed a bitter cold snap in late May that saw subfreezing temperatures, the coldest in 40 years in Buenos Aires.

That cold wave contributed to an energy crisis and 23 deaths from exposure. Two more exposure deaths were reported on Monday.


Rod said...

dear yo escribí algo.. fijate.
fue impresionante hermoso inesperado
no lo podía creer
te mando un beso
y a ver si nos chateamos
no usas skype? email-me y vemos

griselda said...

Es la segunda nevada que vivo este año. La primera en Enero en Londres, y ahora esta en Bs As.
Impactantes, las dos.
Gracias por publicar la noticia.
Un beso desde B. A.

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