Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Storm ...

Sometimes we get a storm, and sometimes we get a Skiathos storm ...

Last night we had a Skiathos storm. It came from the North West, a boiling black cloud that appeared over town, with trailing wind devils from its base. It looked like an airborn octopus.

Behind the low level mutant was a wall of light grey. It announced itself with a flash of pink lightning, and a deep roaring thunderclap. I said to my colleague, lets get indoors quick, and we did. I managed to get a call in, to home, 'get the shutters closed quick' just in time ...

Too much rain to get a decent photo ...
Thunderbolts were exploding overhead within minutes, a mixture of pink and the normal lightning. Then torrential rain, came thrashing in, leaving waves on the surface of the harbour in white foam. 

Seagulls immediately landed in the harbour, and stayed there. It was like the air traffic controller, at the airport had grounded them all. 

They stayed there, bobbing around, and being lashed with rain, on waves made of white foam, made by the rain.


I watched as a couple of tourists wandered by in the height of the intensity of the storm, clutching umbrellas. They were being lashed with rain, and drenched to the skin. Clearly not realising how much danger they were in. It was violent, and they were in a very cool open space, the human body a nice warm target holding a piece of very wet metal over their heads.

One of the taxi drivers shouted, at them get under cover, pointing at the cafes over the street. She said 'no thanks we will get the bus' and plodded on face clenched against the torrent ...

There was a time when the lightning was in the harbour, over the Pounta, the town and over Maragos all in a few seconds. Pink lightning is quite a spectacle, especially when its all around you with rolling thunder.

After the storm passed to the south east, the rain began to ease, the skies started to lighten, aided by the background effect of the lightning.

Faces began to appear but everywhere was totally saturated. The harbour went from a white foam to a dirty brown muddy stain as the storm drains washed the mud down from the hills above Acropolis.

It had been an interesting few hours, watching the deluge.


One of the most violent displays of nature here, I have seen here in a few years ...

Tiptoeing through the puddles, some like lakes on the way home, meeting friends sheltering in cafes on the way home. One said 'that really was a good one' and it certainly was if you were watching it with a nice meze and a nice glass of wine.

Back home evidence of the deluge in the street, rocks sitting on the storm drain grilles that have come down the street. I have never seen that before, nor have any idea where they have been relocated from, somewhere up the hill ...

The winds increased overnight and its very gusty out there. The street sounds more like a winters night, rather than a mid May morning. Yet it should be sunny again by lunchtime, after the winds have abated ...

The start of another day on a green island in the aegean ...

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4 comments:

  1. The only year we brought friends to Skiathos, we experienced a storm like this. We were staying off the Troulos/Asselinos road and it was totally flooded, water up to your ankles and mud streaming everywhere! So much for the gorgeous rock in the Aegean we'd been describing to them...! I hope you've all managed to dry out ;)

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  2. My Timberland's are almost totally destroyed - wearing trainers today. I feel like a pensioner on holiday, walking around in Reebok's amd shorts ...

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  3. We arrive in a weeks time, the photographers of Skiathian from the aircraft about to take off last September if you remember us. Hope the weather improves.

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  4. Hi Trevor

    Of course, I dine out on that experience, can you send them to me again, lost a lot of files when my PC crashed - Greek electrics :(

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