--Canary Island Wildfires Lead to Thousands of Evacuations
Nearly 1,000 Canary Island residents have been evacuated on the island of La Gomera as wind-driven fire spread through tinder-dry vegetation, the BBC News website said on Monday.
More than 900 people fled Valle Gran Rey overnight, raising number evacuated to more than 5,000 since Friday.
Flames burn at night in the hills of La Gomera above Valle Hermosa, a village that had to be evacuated. Aug. 12, 2012 (AP Photo/Andres Gutierrez)
Fires have been burning native woodlands of Garajonay National Park, a nature reserve with "incalculable ecological value."
Meanwhile, a smaller fire has been burning on Tenerife.
Climate history shows that summer rain is rare in the Canaries, so wildfire is often a threat. However, an unusually dry winter has left the Canaries especially prone to fire.
Recent days have had winds commonly reaching 50-65 km/h or 30-40 mph, data accessed by AccuWeather.com show.
Temperatures in parts of the archipelago reached 38-40 degrees C or 100-104 degrees F last week.
Marginal improvement in wind and temperature could be of help to firefighters over the next few days.
The plum rains are known as "meiyu" in China, the "baiyu" or "tsuyu" in Japan, and the "jangma" in the Koreas. The heart of the plum rain season stretches from early June to mid-July, with a tendency to shift south to north across the affected area.
In the wake of the mid-June cloudbursts, most of Pakistan to northwestern India last week saw a return to dry, hot weather typical of the weeks leading up to the Monsoon onset. It was as if the Monsoon withdrew to its "normal" position for the latter half of June.
The 38.5 degree C (101 degrees F) reading Tuesday in Ajaccio, Corsica, may have been tops in Europe.
Monsoon Onset was June 13th, 2013, in Delhi, almost two weeks earlier than average. The June 15th onset at Karachi and Islamabad was more like three week ahead of schedule.
In Pakistan, hit-or-miss downpours missed the Sindh capital, Karachi. One did hit Pad Idan, where it left 60 mm of rain Wednesday. This was more than 20 times greater than the normal June rainfall.
It is still possible that this scenario is over wrought as to the intensity and spread of rain in Pakistan and northwestern India. However, it is the hunch of the present forecaster that some very unusual weather is going to unfold in the Subcontinent during the next week!