Bitter cold in Iceland

It was exactly -20°C at the Icelandic Met Office weather station at Sandbúðir in inland South-East Iceland early this morning.

It is currently -9°C in the capital Reykjavik, where temperatures will struggle to exceed -4°C at their very warmest today.

Residents of Akureyri awoke to temperatures of -10°C and a blanket of white, after heavy snowfall yesterday evening.

Practically the entire country will be experiencing freezing temperatures all day.

This same arctic plunge is now heading for the UK and Western Europe.

http://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/nature_and_travel/2015/11/20/iceland_in_grips_of_cold_snap/

Thanks to J.H. Walker for this link


10 thoughts on “Bitter cold in Iceland

    • Yes, you are experiencing normal climate change that Australia has experienced since the end of the last major Ice Age, some12,000 years ago.
      El Nino and La Nina are not cyclic events that are caused by human interference with the climate. They are part the normal climate cooling process which moves heat from the tropics to the arctic regions which then radiated to space.

      http://phys.org/news/2011-05-tree-year-history-el-nino.html

      Tree rings in the US Southwest, the team found, agree well with the 150-year instrumental sea surface temperature records in the tropical Pacific. During El Niño, the unusually warm surface temperatures in the eastern Pacific lead to changes in the atmospheric circulation, causing unusually wetter winters in the US Southwest, and thus wider tree rings; unusually cold eastern Pacific temperatures during La Niña lead to drought and narrower rings. The tree-ring records, furthermore, match well existing reconstructions of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation and correlate highly, for instance, with δ18O isotope concentrations of both living corals and corals that lived hundreds of years ago around Palmyra in the central Pacific.

      “Our work revealed that the towering trees on the mountain slopes of the US Southwest and the colorful corals in the tropical Pacific both listen to the music of El Niño, which shows its signature in their yearly growth rings,” explains Li. “The coral records, however, are brief, whereas the tree-ring records from North America supply us with a continuous El Niño record reaching back 1100 years.”

      Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2011-05-tree-year-history-el-nino.html#jCp

      • The Pacific Northwest receives its major floods during La Nina winters, when the Sun is close to or just after it’s minimum. Examples are the winters of 1996/97, 1964/65, 1955/56, and 1946/47 to name the biggest events.

        • That is really interesting, those dates coinside with snowy winter periods in the European North West including the UK, the winters of 1947 and 1963 springs to mind.

          • Yes, over the years of reading I have noticed that the European West Coast/UK and the Pacific Northwest most likely have a connection, which is they experience similar winter patterns although they are often spaced one year apart. The EWC/UK usually moves first before the PNW .

    • yeah been driving me nuts all the media drivel!
      inland air being pushed BY the moist warm air from indian ocean
      meanwhile victoria is cool 20s and Im shivering tonight around 8c outside now.
      they manage to ignore that..

  1. Here in Belfast we have had a blast of cold air from the north with temperatures expected to dip below freezing tonight. The high ground to the west of the city is snow covered above 200 metres a.s.l. It’s a bit of a shock to the system after a fairly mild autumn.

  2. Blah blah Iceland is much further north than I and it was like -5C here all day….about time too the snow was a few weeks late just in time for Thanksgiving and the end of deer season hopefully i can track one down now lol….embrace the cold it happens

    • Considering that in Winter the majority of UK cold weather comes from the North West, the Arctic plunge over the UK took around a day and half to dump a very small over night snow fall in my town at 300 ft.
      Also consider the UK seas are currently around 12C and more in the South so the sting from the cold weather was significantly reduced. However, as the winter progresses and the seas cool to 4C snow become more likely in the UK

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