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Weather Observation: Snowfall in Iceland

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Weather Observation: Snowfall in Iceland

Watch this audio slideshow about snowfall in Iceland. In recent years, Iceland has been deprived of snow—especially the southern part of the country. However, during Christmas in 2009, north Iceland saw such heavy snowfall that places like Akureyri were almost buried in a deep, white blanket of snow.

Icelanders like to talk about the weather. It changes constantly so there is always something to talk about. Because of the country’s name, many people imagine Iceland must be one of the coldest places on the planet, but the climate in Iceland is actually much milder than its name and northerly location indicates.

I’d like to read an excerpt about snowfall in Iceland from: “Climate of Iceland” in World Survey of Climatology: 15: Climates of the Oceans by Markús Á. Einarsson (p. 686-687).

For further information about the weather in Iceland, visit the website of the Icelandic Meteorological Office.

These pictures were taken in Akureyri in late December 2009.

Photos and narration by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir [email protected]

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