At the moment, I am trying to find out the best source for the weather in Luz, on 3 May 2007, the day that Madeleine disappeared.
The trigger was “When Madeleine Died”, a YouTube documentary by Richard D Hall, posted a few days ago.
Mr Hall’s theory appears to be that a photograph commonly known as The Last Photograph did not come from 3 May 2007, but instead was earlier in the holiday. I say appears to be, because at this moment in time I am about 2.5 hours through a 4 hour video of his.
AFAIK, the nearest official weather station to Luz is in Faro, around 40 miles away. If this is correct, I can get general details about the weather in Luz on 3 May, but not precise details.
25 Oct 2007. PJ Inspector Joâo Carlos. To the Institute of Meteorology in Lisbon. http://www.mccannpjfiles.co.uk/PJ/WEATHER_CONDITIONS.htm The following questions were asked –
1. Time of sunset.
2. Direction and intensity of wind.
5. Daytime and nocturnal temperature.
6. Environmental humidity.
7. State of the sea.
Basically, this request was not implemented, so I do not know what the answer is. Specifically, I do not know whether the nearest weather conditions that can be tracked down are in Faro, or whether there is something closer.
Enter Mr Hall and his YouTube video. At 13:20secs into https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUPm35D-X3o , Mr Hall provides us with a perfect source for the weather in Luz that week. The weather was as in the following chart.
Mr Hall attributes this to an ex-pat from the RAF who kept a diary about the weather.
Mr Hall appears to be interested in the weather as to the question of when The Last Photo was taken. I happen to be interested in the weather on 3 and 4 May to help me understand whether the dogs brought in by the Portuguese police tell me anything.
As of this moment, I cannot find out anything more about Mr Hall’s weather chart, or about the source he has attributed this to. It is still early days on this challenge.