The weatherman (BBC)
Meteorological expert Paul Simons explores spectacular sightings and elemental forces.
This month he marvels at clouds in the Canary Islands.
Las Palmas on Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands has what can only be described as a Goldilocks climate - not too hot and not too cold, averaging between 17° to 26° through the year.
It's also not too wet or windy, basking in an average of seven hours sunshine a day.
But the dry air leaves much of the Canaries parched, except for the FOG that piles in from the Atlantic Ocean over the mountains of the western islands.
As the trade winds are forced up over the mountains, the moist air cools and condenses into fog.
Strictly spaeking, the fog is stratocumulus clouds, locally called MAR DE NUBES or sea of clouds.
They are especially thick in summer, when they can look like shaving cream rolling around the mountains, or spill down the mountains of the Canaries, feeding off the fog. The imposing-looking Canary pine still stands on some mountain slopes, catching the foggy water
with its dense clumps of leaf-like needles.
And almost 2000 years ago,the people of the Canary Islands collected water that dripped from the trees. Now wringing water from the fog is done using fine nets standing up in the air - and the fog water collected from the summits of Gran Canaria is being bottled and sold as gourmet water :-)