January 11, 1999: the day it 'snowed' in Santa Cruz and La Laguna

One hail downpour struck numerous municipalities in Tenerife on January 11, 1999. The event, brought today on Twitter -23 years later- by the Official Service of the Singular Atmospheric Observations Notification System (SINOBAS) of the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), reminds us of that tremendous storm that stained white practically all the municipalities that range from Santa Cruz and La Laguna to the North.

Félix Rojas, who covered that event for DIARIO DE AVISOS, specified a day later in his article that the storm was responsible for lowering rainfall “well below” 1,700 meters of altitude.

In Santa Cruz, municipal agents and firefighters performed numerous services throughout the day, detecting the presence of hail in various parts of the capital, such as the Barrio de La Salud, while in La Laguna the hailstorm collapsed the Avenida de La Trinidad, and the fall of a tree paralyzed traffic on the Vía de Ronda. “They even had to enable crews and checkpoints of Parks and Gardens to solve the problem.”

The phones wouldn’t stop ringing. The bad weather caused, as was to be expected, the occasional flooding in homes and power outages in some areas of Aguere, forcing Unelco workers in the back of the Nuryana school to intervene. “The bad weather had split the lines of a high-voltage turret and the remaining cables were producing sparks and causing a certain danger on public roads,” detailed Félix Rojas in the DIARIO.

Tacoronte also suffered his own. A power outage left the entire Mesa del Mar area without electricity and an elderly person fell and had to be taken to the health center. In La Orotava, although the storm did not leave hail, it was so intense that it caused flooding in two houses and a landslide that forced the Benijo road to be closed. Thunder, lightning and lightning merged with the hailstorm in Icod de Los Vinos and, in addition to roadblocks, “the water completely flooded a bakery in La Vega.”

In his text, Félix Rojas recalled that it was also “23 years ago, in 1975, the last time that the inhabitants of the capital did not have to travel to Las Cañadas del Teide to touch and play with the snow”.

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