Almerimar

Wow, what a difference. Pouring rain and driving winds. So bad that Marianne's Tuesday golf today was cancelled.

Looks like winter has arrived in Almerimar. Time to get the jeans and trousers out from the back of the cupboard.

What wonderful weather for 1 November. Bright sunshine. I have just checked the temperature on the terrace of our apartment and it is 31 degrees in the shade. I am normally in jeans by now but I am still wearing my shorts. Perhaps my legs will eventually stop reminding Mr President of OOB posts.

What a change. It has been hot and sunny the last few days. All this morning it has been very misty and colder. At one point we could not see the golf course from our terrace. It is still quite misty and a lot cooler today.

After a busy weekend of Friday golf, internet outages and the Ryder Cup I was planning to catch up with some bits and pieces on the computer this afternoon.

After over a day of internet outage in our part of Almerimar we got our connection back this morning. Then came the storm.

There has now been a massive downpour with thunder and lightning. The electricity has been off, the internet is now bouncing on and off again. I am sure that most of the streets in town will be under water now.

Hopefully that will be the worst of the weather over now. I can even see tiny patches of blue sky around. So lets hope that the streets clear of water and not too many people have suffered from flooding.

 

It was a bit of a shock at FGS summer Tuesday golf yesterday. There were spots of rain for around 5 minutes or so. Also, there were a couple of short sharp heavy showers. The temperature is dropping as well. So it is just about goodbye to summer here in Almerimar.

I understand that England may be under water this bank holiday. It is not the same here.

The article here on the Ideal site say there is a weather warning that temperatures may reach 36 degrees this afternoon in our part of the province.

Beach temperatures in Andalucia

The article here on the Ideal site has details of a new online weather service with a focus on beach temperatures. In our area it provides information for the nature reserve beach, the levante beach and the poniente beach.

Click on the picture above to see the website.

Read More for a Google translation of the article.

Summer is really with us now in Almerimar. Pretty hot and sticky during the day. The good news is that most days there is a breeze to cool you down a bit.

Really busy time of year for golf competitions. There is one every weekend until the end of August. Plus the Virgen of August competition on Friday 15 August. We might arrange for Friday golf to take place on the Classic course that day.

High 20s in the shade on the terrace and getting rather warm overnight now. The start of summer has been very late this year.

Misty golf - 30 May 2014

Misty golf - 30 May 2014

As you can see from the photos above the fret or haar was with us when playing Friday golf today in Almerimar.

An unusual event for this time of year. It lasted for around 10 minutes here but for longer closer to El Ejido. I guess the golf course will benefit from the unexpected extra watering.

Just checked the forecast for the next week and the overnight temperatures range between 17-20 degrees for Almerimar.

Recently I was told that the summer growing grass on the Almerimar course wake up from its winter slumber once the overnight temperatures reach 16 degrees regularly.

So it looks like we will have thick rough and lush bright green fairways here very soon now.

The summer is not far away now here in Almerimar. Today the Junta Local of Almerimar published the photo above on their Almerimar page on Facebook. Click on the image above to see the full version.

Not a great day for the weather today. It is dark with drizzle at the moment. No need for Jacqui to wear her sunglasses today to protect her eye.

We had a good day for the FGS Sunday golf competition yesterday. Not a cloud in the sky. However it was somewhat windy with the wind coming from the east. Not the preferred direction for the golfers as it makes the two dog legs on the front 9 difficult. Also, 6 out of 9 holes on the back 9 are against the wind.

The prize giving for the competition yesterday is being held at Marisqueria Franc at 7:30pm tonight. As it was a better ball pairs competition there are now no handicaps changes to be made (due to an FGS committee decision last year). The lead organiser, John Fl, is checking the cards himself rather than Jacqui and I. So, unusually, Jacqui and I do not who who the winners are. We will find out this evening.

I think that last night may have been my windiest night in Almerimar since we arrived here in 2004. It is still pretty windy now but at least the sun is out. It is not looking good for Mel's Monday golf today. However the forecast looks a bit for Marianne tomorrow.

It was a shame for the puntuable golf competition and monthly market yesterday as it was raining all yesterday morning.

Lets hope we are in for a run of good weather sometime soon.

I really do not envy Jacqui playing in the windy conditions today here in Almerimar. I think I much prefer sitting in the house tinkering with various bits of work for the FGS etc.

Thanks to Marianne for confirming via Facebook that the moving of the yellow tees forward on the course was only a 1 day temporary measure last week. Also, that there are to be new (orange or pink?) ladies forward tees on the Master course. The positions for these have been marked by posts fixed in the ground with concrete on all 18 holes.

I wonder whether the new forward ladies tees will mean that the red tees of the day on holes 8 and 12 will now be placed back closer to the official competition position on the course. So that the shots to the green on these two par threes are longer again.

The article here on the Euro Weekly News site says that the province of Almería had around 40% less rainfall than expected this year.

We certainly had our fair share here in Almerimar on Christmas day.