THE snowstorm which hit Majorca this past week has gone down as one of the heaviest in recent years, converting the island into a winter wonderland, much to the delight of children, many of whom had never seen snow before. Prior to this week, the heaviest snowfalls in Majorca occurred in 1956, when the island's famous mild winter climate changed to a more frostier reception for seven consecutive days, and in 1985, when the snow lasted for four days.
The biggest snowfall in the second half of the 20th Century occurred in 1956. In this year, in February, the snow fell for seven consecutive days in Palma, according to information researched by Agustí Jansá, Director of the Meteorological Centre.
On this same month, Artà had 17 consecutive days of snowfall and temperatures plummetted to -13.5 degrees in Lluc and -3.5 in Palma.
Two years earlier, in 1954, the snow had lasted for four days in Calvià. In 1940, Palma had one day of this freak weather.
Snow began to leave a white blanket over the Island, although not all over the island, in 1958. It snowed abundantly in Campos, Calvià, Bunyola and Campanet for two days or more.
In 1960 there was a heavy snowstorm in Sant Joan, Sineu, Calvià and Algaida. In 1973 another harsh snowstorm fell in Llucmajor.
According to the research by Jansà, Majorca was covered in blankets of snow in 1976 and this lasted for more than a day in some areas; Felanitx, Artà and Manacor.
In 1981 the snow fell once more, especially in Manacor and the surrounding area. Four years later, in 1985, the second heaviest snow fell and this time for four consecutive days in Consell and Santa Maria, but not at all in Palma. It also snowed in Costitx, Muro, Sencelles, Manacor, Artà, el Pla (the flat centre part of the island) and parts of es Raiger (the Inca area). In that year, there were many tourists who were stuck indoors who could not get out even to buy a postcard! See Centre Pages
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