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corralejo thanks cloud zone free famara massif

Corralejo - a cloud-free zone thanks to Famara massif

The umbrella effect of the Famara massif that makes Corralejo a cloud-free zone.

Corralejo is the only town in the north of the islands that in summer shines the sun every day thanks to the Risco de Famara


In the photograph illustrating the article, taken yesterday, July 1, by the Sentinel satellite of the Copernicus system, it is observed with resounding clarity how the north of Fuerteventura is freed from the cloudiness that arrives from the northeast driven by the trade winds, thanks to the influence of the Famara Massif, north of the island of Lanzarote, which acts as an umbrella over the island of Majorera.

The trade winds are winds full of humidity that accompany us every summer. The influence of the Azores anticyclone means that when moving towards the Atlantic the winds reach the archipelago from the north, north-east with humidity and relieving the rigors of what would be a "Sahara" summer without them.

These winds bring low clouds to the archipelago. For example in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is what is known as "Panza de Burro", which is what is usually called the cloudy sky or sea of clouds that can be seen on many summer days in the north of the islands.

The clouds brought by the trade winds are trapped in the northern areas of the islands of the archipelago, leaving the southern areas of almost all the "asocadas" islands and therefore with many more hours of sunshine per day. It is in these places where the tourist towns and the busiest beaches of the archipelago are usually located.

In any satellite photograph of the archipelago these days you can clearly see the configuration of the stratocumulus mantle, very typical of the summer trade winds throughout the Canary Islands.

The only tourist area north of an island in the Canary Islands

Corralejo is, in this way, the only tourist town with guarantees of sun in these months, located in the north of the Canary Islands. In this sense Fuerteventura has the only north of the islands that is not "covered" by the sea of clouds in summer, and this is due to the "parapet" produced by the Famara massif in terms of the arrival of these low clouds propelled by the trade wind.

The Risco de Famara

The Famara massif is a large cliff about 25 km long and at an altitude of between 400 and 600 m whose genesis is associated with a mega-landslide. It is located north of Lanzarote and is one of the oldest areas of the island with an age between 8 and 10 million years.

The cliff is essentially shaped by the stacking of basaltic flows with intercalations of pyroclast levels, buried pyroclast cones, almagres layers and detrital deposits.

The volume of the Famara massif becomes the umbrella of the island of Lanzarote and part of the island of Fuerteventura, especially the north coast as we are seeing.

Although in summer it is normal for the mornings to be full of clouds, as the day goes by, and almost like clockwork, at noon the sky is absolutely clear to the north-east of the island, more specifically the town of Corralejo and surrounding areas.

link to article for great pics
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