Author Archives: Throstur Th.

Dust storm in Reykjavik (29 May 2018)

Dry and windy conditions today (after a long period of rain). Figure 1. The weather condition at 13 today for south (west) coast. Windy and dry, wind direction  pointing towards Reykjavik (map from the IMO web site; vedur.is). It is … Continue reading

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Sunny and windy days – dust blowing from south coast

Nice sunny days with strong northerly winds (over 10 m/s) the last couple of days. See weather data (Figure 1), and satellite images from 3 March (Figure 2) and 5 March (Figures 3 and 4). Figure 1. Wind speed and … Continue reading

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Nice calm weather finally, but high pollution levels

Very calm and nice weather today, 28 February 2018, finally many would say (Figure 1). Hardly any wind and the streets drying up quickly. Figure 1. Windspeed and gusts in Reykjavik on 28 February 2018 (graph from IMO; Veðurstofa Íslands, … Continue reading

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Particulate Matter explosion: New Year’s Eve 2017/18

Calm and quit weather for the New Year’s Eve, which also means that the particulate matter (PM) pollution was extreme. Almost completely calm around midnight in Reykjavik as can be seen from the measurements from the IMO below. Windspeed and … Continue reading

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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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