Another week ends with the weather foremost among current affairs in the Region of Murcia with official warnings for gale force winds in force on Friday afternoon and Saturday as another weather front sweeps across the Iberian Peninsula, bringing steady rain to the south-east on Friday afternoon and evening. By nightfall on Friday Aemet has upgraded its warning to orange alert status for Force 8 gales all along the coastline, although the outlook is for better weather to return next week! Earlier this week the snowfalls were so heavy in northern Spain that the Military Emergencies Unit was called out to clear roads as villages were isolated in the province of León and power cuts affected residents in rural areas, but in Murcia the cold snap produced only frost in the north and one of the main topics in the news has again been the need to protect the marine environment of the Mar Menor. Everyone agrees that this matter is one of the utmost priority in the Region of Murcia but unfortunately the regional and national governments, as well as other bodies, continue to disagree over who should do what and when. A sign of the growing frustration is that on Monday a petition containing ...