Is there cloud in Puerto de la Cruz?

Over the years, I have watched on TripAdvisor the debate about the differences between the weather in the north and south of Tenerife. However recently it has grown more than heated, to the point where anyone who says the north is cloudy is lambasted. The result is page after page of posts removed and anyone wondering about the weather won’t have a clue as to what is happening.

As readers know, I write a daily weather blog and add it to the Facebook Group Tenerife 4 All. Fortunately, Sheila is a member of the group and she accepted the role of ‘Northern Weather Girl’. As she lives in Puerto, she is on the spot to say what is happening in the resort.

At the height of the ‘debate’, I said on Queenie’s blog  …

I read that today was likely to start grey but perhaps that was just the north of the island because it is a clear and sunny in Chayofa

Sheila’s reply was …

Correct here in the North it has started grey but I think the sun will break through very soon.

And, the above webcam images were all captured within minutes of each other showing the differences. I, therefore, don’t understand the constant animosity that TA generates when it comes to answering questions on the weather.

It is well documented that the Canarian archipelago has a unique climate that is determined by the trade winds. These blow in from the north and push low-lying clouds (bruma) up against the mountains, the result, the locals call ‘la panza del burro’ in English the belly of the donkey. The clouds often bring moist air with them creating what is known as ‘Horizontal Rain’ – not rain, in the true sense, but mist that provides constant moisture for the banana plantations, vineyards, and crops that flourish in the north of Tenerife.

November to February are generally the months most affected but even in summer, the clouds brought by the trade winds can sit stubbornly over Puerto making it frequently look grey.

However, every cloud has a silver lining, and this is what makes the north softer and greener.


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4 Responses to Is there cloud in Puerto de la Cruz?

  1. John Mackenzie says:

    Hi, the following link is useful as it provides a “snapshot” satellite view of the island for every day of the year over recent years. I think it shows that although the North has some lovely clear, sunny days, the majority of days, overall, are cloudy, helping to ensure the beautiful green landscape. Not so good if you enjoy blue skies, of course!
    https://worldview.earthdata.nasa.gov/?p=geographic&l=MODIS_Aqua_CorrectedReflectance_TrueColor,MODIS_Terra_CorrectedReflectance_TrueColor(hidden),Reference_Labels(hidden),Reference_Features(hidden),Coastlines&t=2016-08-20&v=-18.524914475078184,26.888922081289085,-12.521984787578184,29.714605675039085

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