Poor weather to continue into Carnival

Porto Santo radar is now operational

Weather forecast for 9:00 this worning
windy.com forecast for 9:00 this morning

The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere published a bulletin yesterday evening with a forecast for the weather during the Carnival period.

“The weather in Madeira, between the 9th and 13th of February, Friday and Carnival Tuesday, will be conditioned by the gradual establishment of an anticyclone that is to the southwest of the Canaries and is moving to the northeast, after the influence of the frontal swell associated with the Karlotta depression on day 9”.

It is expected that “precipitation may occur during this period, although it is more likely on the 9th and 11th (Friday and Sunday). The wind will be from the west or northwest, sometimes strong and gusty on the 9th, becoming from the south quadrant from Sunday, the 11th. The temperature will not undergo significant variations, with the minimum value varying between 12 and 18ºC in almost the entire archipelago, with between 6 and 11ºC in the highlands.

Porto Santo radar is now operational

Poor weather to continue into Carnival 1

Porto Santo’s weather radar is now operational, after some time out of service. This required the intervention of IPMA technicians and two German technicians, who throughout the week were committed to returning the aforementioned radar, located in Pico do Espigão, to operation.

To the Diario, Victor Prior, delegate from the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), said that “since the middle of last year, the radar had been experiencing some problems, although it was possible to monitor periods of greater precipitation”.

Poor weather to continue into Carnival 3

Inoperative since the end of December 2023, it was only this week that the radar started working properly again, as according to Víctor Prior another intervention was carried out, “where equipment was detected that had a malfunction which, apparently, resulted in an overvoltage”, he explained, adding that there was a burnt part in the tail, which was replaced this Thursday afternoon.”

Therefore, the first image that was collected was at 6 pm. “The radar remained operational and this Friday, during the morning, it will be stopped for two or three hours, to make the final adjustments. If it works well, the images will start appearing on the internet this Friday afternoon”, he concluded.

Flights already affected

The bad weather was already affecting movement at Madeira International Airport yesterday, having caused the cancellation of 14 arrivals and 13 departures until the early evening, according to Portuguese airports operator ANA.

According to the ANA website, consulted by Lusa at around 8pm, the last plane to land in Madeira arrived at 11:48am.

3 thoughts on “Poor weather to continue into Carnival”

  1. “If it works well, the images will start appearing on the internet this Friday afternoon”, he concluded.”

    Do we know where on the Internet? People might like to bookmark the url.

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