Severe winds and high rainfall accumulations reported from Galicia, NW Spain – October 21, 2013

As discussed in the update yesterday, a cold front was crossing the NW Iberia and hit area Galicia region in the evening hours. The area was included in the MDT risk on DAY 1 Outlook for 21/10/2013 for severe winds and heavy wind threat. Very high rainfall accumulations and some severe wind gusts were reported from local AEMET stations.

24-hour accumulated rainfall across Galicia region:

  • 213.8 mm – Cabo Vilan
  • 134.2 mm – Noia
  • 130.4 mm – Rois
  • 111.4 mm – Santiago de Compostela
  • 93.3 mm – Vimianzo
  • 93.3 mm – Padron
  • 84.8 mm – A Caniza
  • 79.0 mm – E Strada
  • 78.4 mm – A Lama
  • 71.0 mm – Mazaricos
  • 71.0 mm – Sobrado
  • 69.8 mm – Santiago de Compostela airport
  • 66.5 mm – A Coruna airport
  • 64.5 mm – Carballino
  • 60.8 mm – A Coruna
  • 58.0 mm – Ponteareas
  • 54.6 mm – Fisterra

Source: AEMET

Strong to severe winds were hitting Galicia region much of the day, here are peak wind gusts measured on the stations:

  • 132 km/h – Fisterra
  • 104 km/h – Cabo Vilan
  • 101 km/h – Estaca de Bares
  • 80 km/h – Vigo airport
  • 76 km/h – Santiago de Compostela airport
  • 72 km/h – Padron

Source: AEMET

Currently, there is another organized line of storms just NW of Iberia within the SLGT risk on DAY 1 Outlook for 22/10/2013 and its moving eastwards across the risk area.


Latest radar scans showing some high echo tops in the line of storms NW of Iberia. Source: AEMET

Expect further development of storms capable producing some hail, heavy rain and strong to severe winds while spreading into western France and toward southern UK.


Visible satellite image. Source: EUMETSAT


Water vapour satellite image. Source: OSMER FVG / EUMETSAT


Lightning activity within the line of storms NW of Iberia. Source: blitzortung.org

Follow the ongoing storms activity on Spain radar, France radar and satellites pages.