The strange “yellow” sky of Florence, the effect of the desert sandstorm

The strange “yellow” sky of Florence, the effect of the desert sandstorm
The strange “yellow” sky of Florence, the effect of the desert sandstorm

“At Easter the dove should not get wet, neither from sun nor from rain” said the director of the Lamma Consortium Bernardo Gozzini. From a Sahara yellow it has gradually taken on the shades of the most classic gray of mild but overcast days, yet in that gray there are grains of sand: the sky over Tuscany as on the rest of the peninsula, in the last twenty-four years it has caused a lot of talk about itself and the reason can be traced back to a sandstorm that arose right from the Algerian desert and was blown into Tuscany by the Scirocco.A natural phenomenon, due to the wind and also to the high temperatures and which will persist today until the entry of the Libeccio and the first rains. “The vast depression that reaches all the way to Africa, collects desert sand and brings it with it up to our peninsula. The high and stratified clouds bring with them the grains that create strange colors and above all yesterday, March 29, the day with the most intense colors occurred” explained Bernardo Gozzini, director of the Lamma Consortium, the body that monitors the weather conditions on the Tuscany on behalf of the Civil Protection and the Region. «The Scirocco will blow until tomorrow evening and from Monday it will enter Libeccio. This evening it begins to rain in the north-west of the region, then in Versilia, Apuane, the Apennines, Garfagnana Lunigiana, while during the night the precipitation extends to the Pisan and Livorno coasts. Drops of rain will fall from San Vincenzo upwards and, during the night, a few scattered thunderstorms will especially wet the Versilia and Pistoia, Lucca with a few drops on Volterra. Tomorrow morning, after a break overnight, there will be light rain and clouds, perhaps some clearing on the Maremma. Since the afternoon, disturbances have remained in the north-west Pisa and Pistoia with light rainfall: so you need to have an umbrella handy” advises Gozzini. “On Arezzo, Siena, Grosseto, improves in the afternoon with flashes of sunshine. On Easter Monday, the wind begins to turn in the night, with the entry of the Libeccio, a very rough sea, rough offshore enters and brings rain to Florence, Siena and Arezzo and Grosseto and also affecting the Maremma. In the afternoon some sunny spells after 2pm in Florence, Pisa, Livorno and Pistoia and in Mugello”. And how is the situation in Florence at Easter? “Let’s say that the dove should not get wetneither sun nor rain” concludes the director of Lamma.

 
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