Our weather warning on Monday wasn’t far of the mark.
So far it seems like February 2015 will be remembered as the month when Fethiye
experienced some of the most bizarre meteorological anomalies the town has seen for many years.
Warm enough to picnic
In recent days there were times when it was warm enough to picnic,
with temperatures reaching more than 20°C.
Snow traps picnickers on Babadağ
But then, just when everyone (even Mother Nature) thought spring had arrived,
hail then snow fell in Ovacık and Hisarönü,
trapping 45 people at 900 metres altitude on Babdağ.
Jandarma and UMKE to the rescue
They had to be rescued by the Jandarma and Ulusal Medikal Kurtarma Ekibinden (UMKE) – National Medical Rescue Team.
The story even made the national Turkish press.
Rain, more rain… and wind
At sea level it rained. It lasted for what seemed like days.
It was days. From Sunday through to Tuesday night it hardly stopped.
People began to enquire on social media about the availability of arks.
There was wind, with gusts reaching 60 – 80 kph and thunder storms.
The Kalkan to Kaş road was closed.
A video of that made national TV and newspapers too.
Blue sky, sunshine and snow
Then finally, on Wednesday, blue sky reappeared and the sun came out.
Although by this time, with most of Turkey under a blanket of snow,
the temperatures were back in single figures.
The forecast for the next five days can be seen here.
Whatever anyone says about winter in Fethiye, it’s certainly never boring!