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The Storm: Don’t Go Out!

From all over the country there have been news of roof slates blowing off, windows breaking, trees falling, etc. About 350 people have been called out on search and rescue missions.

Weather map Nov. 30 2014

Epic Storm Brewing?

Meteorologist Einar Sveinbjörnsson thinks the storm today might be on par with epic storms like the 1991 storm which literally lifted people and caused extensive property damage. The weather has already caused some disruption.

A member of ICE-SAR fastening roof slates in a storm.

Major Storm Warning for Iceland on Sunday

The Icelandic Met Office has issued a warning as a major storm is expected to hit Iceland on Sunday afternoon and last until late on Monday. The wind speed might reach 20-30 m/s on Sunday, or 110 km/h (65 m/h). On Monday, squalls near mountains might reach 50 m/s, or 180 km/h (112 m/h).

Laugardalslaug swimming pool

Warm November in Reykjavík So Far

The average temperature in Reykjavík so far this month has measured just over 5ºC (41ºF), which is roughly 3ºC (37.4ºF) higher than the average temperature for November during the past ten years.

Iceland’s Capital Enjoys Indian Summer

Temperatures around 10°C (50°F) are forecast for this week in Reykjavík, which is much warmer than usual in late November. Last weekend too, capital residents were enjoying the Indian summer, mild and calm weather.

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Storm Warning, SO2 Pollution in West Iceland

The Icelandic Met Office has issued a strong gale warning (with wind speed of more than 20 m/s) in Northwest Iceland and by the south coast today. The wind is expected to carry sulfur dioxide (SO2) to the west of the Holuhraun eruption site today and tomorrow.

Driving in Iceland in winter

Difficult Driving Conditions across Iceland

Difficult driving conditions are expected in North Iceland today and tomorrow as well as in West Iceland until this afternoon because of snowy and stormy weather. People traveling in Iceland are advised to follow updates on weather and road conditions closely.

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Storm Hits South Iceland, Strong Gale Warning

A storm is currently raging in South Iceland, reaching a speed of 40 meters per second at Stórhöfði in Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands) and 50 meters per second in the strongest squalls at Stórhöfði, below the Eyjafjöll mountains and Mýrdalsjökull glacier.

Snowfall in Reykjavík on October 21, 2014.

Photos: First Real Snow in Reykjavík

As reported, inhabitants in Iceland’s capital woke up to a white cover of snow this morning, causing slippery conditions and slow traffic. While drivers were annoyed, Iceland Review editor and photographer Páll Stefánsson captured the snow’s beauty in the following pictures.

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Snow, Icy Roads and Strong Wind around Iceland

The Icelandic Road Administration has warned drivers that there are spots of ice on Hellisheiði mountain pass to South Iceland as well as on Mosfellsheiði on the way to Þingvellir. Other roads around the country are also covered in spots of ice and wet snow or snow.

Lava in Snow

Snow Covers Eruption Area

The Holuhraun craters are 900 meters above sea level and even though plenty of heat is being pumped out the temperature in the area is well below zero on Celsius (32°F). The lava is surrounded by snow and that makes an often beautiful effect when the heat and the cold mix.

Holuhraun Oct. 1

Webcams Show Glowing Lava

The Holuhraun eruption seems brighter on webcams than it has been lately. Last night some people thought a new fissure might have opened up. This is not the case.

An Icelandic forest.

Warm Weather Forecast for Iceland in 2050

In 2050, Iceland will be warmer and may experience more rain than it does currently. With warmer weather, areas where forest may grow will be larger. The UN Climate Week is currently taking place in New York, where Birta Líf of the Icelandic Met Office will represent Iceland.

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