41-hour consecutive rainfall recorded in Crete



A report by the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) weather service, concerning the destructive floods that affected Crete between February 24 and 26, has shown that rain fell on the island for 41 consecutive hours.

The weather stations at Asi Gonia and Askyfos reported that the rain fell continuously throughout that time, reaching the greatest intensity in the six hours between 6:30am and 12:30am on Monday, February 25.

Based on meteo’s calculations, some 80 million cubic metres of water fell on an area of around 140 square kilometres to the east of the Lefka Ori (White Mountains) alone.

The NOA’s lightning detection system ‘Zeus’, meanwhile detected more than 15,500 bolts of lightning around Crete.

The areas receiving the greatest volume of rain were two distinct regions of the Lefka Ori, one to the east where rainfall ranged between 500-600 mm, and a second to the northwest where monitors recorded 496 mm of rain.

Major floods hit the Greek island of Crete on February 24 and 25, 2019, after heavy rainfall descended on the island for the second time in just 10 days. Four people lost their lives from the floods.