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Piwin

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Snow in Madrid 

Picture taken in my neighbourhood around 6 this morning. Probably unimpressive to those of you who live in areas where snowfall is common, but it's rare in Madrid. Sometimes there are issues with some of the highways that go higher up in the sierra, but that's pretty much it. Hardly ever snow in the city itself. The news has been saying that the last time Madrid had this kind of snowfall was back in the 1970s.

edit: after walking around a bit further, lots of trees that have collapsed and are blocking the streets, quite a few cars damaged under fallen branches, etc. You can tell that neither man nor nature is used to this over here. I'd say there's about 20-25cm on the ground right now.



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 9 2021 6:12:16
 
Morante

 

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RE: Snow in Madrid (in reply to Piwin

According to the news, Madrid is completely isolated, with all transport cut off: AVE, Cercanias, Bus Urbano etc. Unheard of!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 9 2021 10:39:47
 
Morante

 

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RE: Snow in Madrid (in reply to Piwin

La administración madrileña solo ha suministrado el 14,3% de las dosis que ha recibido pese a los anuncios propagandísticos de la presidenta regional que ha privatizado el servicio

Piwin. How can the people of Madrid put up with Ayuso????
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 9 2021 17:14:16
 
RobF

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RE: Snow in Madrid (in reply to Piwin

25cm is not unusual here, but it’s still a significant dump, that’s a lot of snow. We have the equipment and manpower in place to handle it, however, and as you said, nature adjusts, so no big deal here at all.

It sure is beautiful though. There’s a peculiar stillness and sense of calm that can accompany a large snowfall, especially if it occurs at twilight. I’d be wanting to take a walk in that big park behind the Prado, the El Retiro, I think it is. It would be pretty and relaxing, maybe even a little magical. It might provide a nice break from all the stuff that’s been going on.

Mind you, getting there might not be much of a party, lol.

You could make a snowman. Or do like a friend of mine did. He lay down in the yard in front of his apartment and made a nice snow angel. He said he went inside and brewed himself a cup of coffee then looked out his window to admire his work, and some neighbourhood kids had come by and drew a big penis on it.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 9 2021 17:49:34
 
RobF

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RE: Snow in Madrid (in reply to Piwin

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
BY ROBERT FROST

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 9 2021 18:20:54
 
Piwin

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RE: Snow in Madrid (in reply to RobF

Haha, yeah it would've been a bit of a trek for me to go all the way down to Retiro. But I do live close to Casa de Campo (the big park to the South-West of Madrid). When I took that picture this morning I was about to head down there (and the fact that I've slept and I'm already out and about at 6am probably disqualifies me as a flamenco ). I was aiming for the teleférico station because it's on top of a hill and there's a nice view of the city there. Didn't quite make it. Nothing had been cleared out yet, and I just wasn't wearing the right gear. So I just found a spot, had some coffee out of the thermos and enjoyed the quiet for a while. It really does seem like a whole other world when it snows like that.

On the way back, I passed the Batán subway station. There's an above-ground stretch there and fallen trees were strewn across the tracks. There were a few utility trucks that had started working on clearing up the A5 highway, but they were only just getting started. Further in the distance I saw some people having a snowball fight in the middle of the highway.

@Morante Ha. Who knows? It's a minor miracle that anything gets done with the state of the political class in Spain.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 9 2021 18:35:28
 
JasonM

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RE: Snow in Madrid (in reply to Piwin

Wow that’s crazy! Does the city have any snow plows or way to clear the roads?
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 9 2021 19:45:06
 
Piwin

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RE: Snow in Madrid (in reply to JasonM

This evening, the only roadway I've seen that had been completely cleared was the A5 highway. The regular streets in my area are now much clearer than this morning, but you'd probably need a set of chains (can't see the asphalt, hasn't been salted or anything like that, still some trees blocking certain streets, etc.). I haven't seen any cars circulating other than police, public utility trucks, etc. Mostly just pedestrians, people skiing and stuff like that. There's a pretty festive vibe.

  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 9 2021 20:09:48
 
Filip

 

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RE: Snow in Madrid (in reply to Piwin

That's brutal. And I am amazed how some people got so creative (I mean, just look at these people skiing ont he streets, and the dogs pulling sledges :))

I lived in Madrid for six years and during that time it snowed only on two occasions, but it was just a minor snowfall, not enough to be kept on the ground at all. I remember when it started snowing the first time, I was at the university and people started freaking out. It was even recommended to us to go home, they said the buses will stop circulating. Coming from a place where the intense snowfalls are not uncommon, all of that seemed very strange to me until I realised some time later that people are not prepared for snowfalls at all (no winter tires or any other equipment). I am used to snow on winters and love it, always wanted to see Madrid under snow but it never happened while I was there.

And btw Piwin, I did not know you live in Madrid.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 10 2021 11:02:49
 
Piwin

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RE: Snow in Madrid (in reply to Filip

quote:

And btw Piwin, I did not know you live in Madrid.


Yes, I've been living here for a few years now. Though I don't know whether this year counts or not because for the most part it feels like I'm living in an apartment outside of space and time.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 10 2021 16:33:27
 
JasonM

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RE: Snow in Madrid (in reply to Piwin

quote:

And btw Piwin, I did not know you live in Madrid.


And I thought Filip lived in Madrid, and Piwin in France.

Piwin, peak in the window ofer at the Conde shop and see if they make guitars there
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 10 2021 17:55:31
 
Piwin

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RE: Snow in Madrid (in reply to JasonM

I tried but I was blinded by a bright orange haze. ^^
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 10 2021 21:03:43
 
Richard Jernigan

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RE: Snow in Madrid (in reply to Piwin

Austin, too. Bit chilly for a swim today.



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 11 2021 0:38:06
 
Piwin

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RE: Snow in Madrid (in reply to Richard Jernigan

Wow!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 11 2021 5:10:40
 
Filip

 

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RE: Snow in Madrid (in reply to JasonM

quote:

And I thought Filip lived in Madrid, and Piwin in France.



I now see that my info is not updated, shame on me. I moved to Paris almost five years ago.
I still find Madrid/Spain to be my second home, I go to Spain at least once a year. Last time was February, I also had a plane ticket for Madrid in March but the pandemic started and I could not go. Piwin, I'll message you next time I come to Madrid, we can go out for tapas :)
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 11 2021 8:33:36
 
Filip

 

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RE: Snow in Madrid (in reply to Richard Jernigan

wow, I've read on twitter that it's snowing heavily in Austin, someone said about a high increase of traffic accidents because of the weather.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 11 2021 8:34:38
 
rombsix

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RE: Snow in Madrid (in reply to Piwin

quote:

Yes, I've been living here for a few years now. Though I don't know whether this year counts or not because for the most part it feels like I'm living in an apartment outside of space and time.


I thought you lived in France too...

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 11 2021 16:30:25
 
Piwin

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RE: Snow in Madrid (in reply to Filip

quote:

Piwin, I'll message you next time I come to Madrid, we can go out for tapas :)


Sure thing!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 11 2021 18:33:36
 
Piwin

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RE: Snow in Madrid (in reply to Piwin

@Morante
Speaking of Ayuso, here's a picture at the line between Madrid and Castilla-la-Mancha
This morning I read that out of 9,000km of roads, only 500 had been cleared. The big market / distribution center was still closed off this morning, so supermarkets were completely out of fresh products, be it produce, meat or fish.



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 12 2021 19:28:14
 
ernandez R

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RE: Snow in Madrid (in reply to Piwin

Snow is one of those be carful what you ask for kind of natural events. Last year I was out at dark thirty being drug about the lanes and trails for almost six hours moving over a meter of the fluffy white stuff with a heavy duty walk behind snow blower, again the next morning, my idevice says 2.1 miles to clear our place. The person we contacted to get it done this winter only showed a few times so I’m out doing it, it’s good physical therapy, to be honest and I love doing it. Two or three feet at a time isn’t unusual for this part of Alaska but usually a foot or thereabouts is normal. So far it’s been light.
Got a picture from nieces today down in Texas building their first snowman, which was funny cause their neighbor rented a snow making machine to make a sled hill for the kids over Xmas, you know t shirts and shorts... I was born and raised in Los Angeles so no experience with snow for the first part of my life. Today I’ll take the snow over the heat any day. Ok, ask me about the end of February when we usually stop having -40f. 32f today which is unusually warm for the later dark part of winter, just grateful we are spending a lot less in heating fuel.

HR



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 12 2021 22:11:51
 
Piwin

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RE: Snow in Madrid (in reply to ernandez R

Wow. That's a lot of work!
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