Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Siberian Cold Wave Has Arrived


Downtown Oeiras Park

Temperatures have dropped to -11ºC at night in some places up north. Fortunatelly the sun keeps shining everyday but, on the other hand, the drought is already causing serious problems in agriculture.

21 comments:

Cathy Hudspeth said...

At least no snow - are you expecting any? I feel like an interloper when looking at his shot - love that!

brattcat said...

take care, jm. this is a gorgeous slice of light you've captured here.

Lowell said...

The seasons get less predictable. We've had a milder winter this year than the past two years. But it's colder in some areas. I read about your Siberian cold wave! Ugh. I don't like cold weather!

Arija said...

Frosts tend to suck out the last moisture during a drought or a dry spell and as soon as the sun shines it just evaporates. When it is repeated many times, it can dry out the soil to a considerable depth. It makes for nice photos but impoverishes the land.

Sylvia K said...

We're actually having a few beautiful, sunny days with temps in the 50s. It surely feels great after the snow in January. This such a lovely capture and it looks warm and peaceful! Hope you have a warm and happy weekend, JM!

Sylvia

VP said...

We are only at 1°C, but we still have snow and ice...

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

They don't look too cold :-)

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Halcyon said...

That sounds really cold for Portugal. We haven't even had many days with temps like that in Canada!
Hope you're keeping warm. Love the long shadows in this shot.

LadyFi said...

Wow - that looks gloriously warm! - 20 C and dropping here tonight... Brrr.

Carolina Tavares said...

A foto está linda, mas o clima castigando-os :(

Andrew Fulton said...

It's freezing here...

San said...

At least we have snow, so it's a warning that even if the sun shines it is cold. -11°C in Portugal sounds like a contradiction to me.

Great picture, love the composition. Enjoy your Sunday.

Julie said...

I like the light, but it is made more gorgeous by the heavy slices of dark - the doom and the gloom.

Portugal is in the doldrums, Jose. I guess up in the north they are having snow like everywhere else in Europe. I know you have financial catastrope as well. I did not realise you had drought too. For how long has your drought lasted? Here in Australia our drought broke about 18 months ago, but it had lasted for 10 years.

Take care my friend, and being of good cheer.

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

We have had snow in the UK (Wales) today, only a couple of inches, but its enough to make people go mad
Shaun

JM said...

@Julie: Actually it doesn't rain 'properly' since the big storms in November. In about one month winter will be over and I really hope the drought will not affect us as much as the economic situation does... Austerity measures have broken all the rules and even so, I'm sure we will need a second bailout although politicians deny it but, of course, we know they all lie, as usual!

cieldequimper said...

Thankfully we had a lot of rain since October so that now I'm enjoying the negative temperatures (-9 last night) and the sunshine! I love winter. Lovely shot JM!

Joan Elizabeth said...

Oh dear, our last drought was so long and hard that I still bite my lip when I complain about the rain ... but oh buy we have had a lot of rain around here this summer. The weather is back to what it used to be 40 years ago. Clearly the earth has its cycles ... we just don't understand them. So your drought too will break.

We are having a sunny day today and some warmth at last. So nice to see some sunshine over your way this day too even though it is chilly for you.

Sharon said...

Looks like they are soaking up the heat of the sun!

NixBlog said...

We have wild weather variations here in the Southern Hemisphere also. It started out blistering hot this morning, then strong winds and now it's pouring with rain.
The worse is the drought, I feel really sorry for your farmers...

NixBlog said...

PS: Beautiful photograph!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Beautiful shadowy image JM, the weather everywhere seems to be going a little strange. Drought is something we know all about here in Australia, the farmers do it tough!