Author Archives: Throstur Th.

Dust storm 24 and 23 April 2017

Cold, dry and sunny weather in the south in Spring, with strong winds these days. Can only mean one thing, dust storm activity on the south coast of Iceland. Modis image from 24 April 2017 at 12:50 (image courtesy of … Continue reading

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Particulate matter during New Year’s Eve 2016/17

The weather was very good during New Years, calm winds, clear skies and cold. Therefore, PM10 concentration was expected to reach high values, and it did. At Grensás, close to downtown Reykjavik, the concentration reached maximum at 01:30, reaching almost … Continue reading

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Dust storms north of Vatnajökull 27&28 October 2016

Dust storms occurred, and were visible, on 27 and 28 October 2016. MODIS image from 28 October 2016 at 13:00.

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Dust storm north of Dyngjujökull 20 October 2016

Wind gusts over 20 m/s on 20 October 2016 north of Dyngjujökull gave rise to re-suspension of dust from the glacier river, Jökulsá á Fjöllum. Landsat8 image from 12:34 on 20 October 2016 (image from NASA/USGS). Wind speed measured at … Continue reading

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Dust storm 7 August 2016

Good weather for dust storms these days here in Iceland, dry and sunny and windy every once in a while. The MODIS image above (Image courtesy of NASA MODIS/Rapidfire), taken 14:50 on 7 August 2016, show that pretty well. Quite … Continue reading

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Dust storm 3 May 2016

Sunny and windy in the south today, and dust blowing in the area near Eldhraun and also Meðallandssandur. Fairly strong winds, 11 m/s average wind speed and gusts of 19 m/s at Kirkjubæjarklaustur (Figure 1). Figure 1. Weather observations at … Continue reading

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Dust storm – lots of clouds–on 28 April 2016

Despite cloud cover, it is possible to detect some dust blowing out to sea from the area east of Mýrdalsjökull. It is likely that this is the Eldhraun area that was flooded in jökulhlaup in Skaftá in October 2015. In … Continue reading

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