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    Fissure eruption in Holuhraun (north of Vatnajökull).
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    A strong gale warning (more than 20 m/s) is in effect for the south and west parts tonight. Valid to 24.11.2014 18:00 More

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Weather forecast for the next 24 hours

Increasing southeast wind in the south and west this evening, 15-23 m/s and rain or sleet tonight, but much lighter wind and dry in the northeast. Southerly wind, 8 to 15 m/s tomorrow, widely rain or sleet, but rain- or snowshowers in the south and west around noon. Clearing in the north and east in the evening. Temperature mainly 0 to 8 degrees C.
Forecast made 23.11.2014 15:41

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What is Bárðarbunga? - 17.11.2014

There are about 30 known central volcanoes, or volcanic systems, in Iceland. Bárðarbunga, the second highest mountain of Iceland. A caldera in the volcano's crown is covered with approximately 850 m thick glacial ice. Eruptions can occur in the caldera, on the sides or in the fissure swarms. Because of the current seismic activity in nortwestern Vatnajökull, IMO has been allowed to publish the chapter Bárðarbunga System, an extract from a much larger work in progress.

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The FutureVolc project and the eruption on National Geographic - 21.10.2014

National Geographic published a web article recently on the eruption in Iceland, how its timing contributes to the FutureVolc project and how, thanks to new instruments deployed by FutureVolc, this is one of the best monitored eruptions in history.

There is a video from the field and interviews with the scientists. The reasons why Iceland was chosen to lead the international project are given. The importance of open data is discussed and two data products developed at the Icelandic Met Office are shown.

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Warning – the first real snow of autumn in northern Iceland - 19.10.2014

The Icelandic Met Office warns against the first real snow of autumn in northern Iceland. Northerly wind, strong gale force, is expected with snowfall in the northern part. In the North travelling is not recommended, neither on Monday nor Tuesday, especially not in cars which have not been prepared for winter driving.

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The weather in Iceland in 2050 - 19.9.2014

The United Nations' Climate Week NYC was held in New York. It is the collaborative space for all related events in support of the UN Climate Summit. Iceland's representative on the climate week was Birta Líf Kristinsdóttir, Icelandic Met Office, one of eleven TV meteorologists who were asked to make a weather forecast for their own country in 2050 based on the visions of the newest IPCC report. These weather forecasts of the future are presented as a set of videos, published one per day until the summit. The Icelandic video consist of a weather forecast with English subtitles and an account in English of the major effects of global warming in the country. Every video is concluded by UN Secretary-General's call for action on climate change.

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A glimpse into the field - 14.9.2014

In this news article, a report of three days in the field is presented with portraits of the key players in this show of nature‘s dangerous forces: Suðri, Baugur and Baugur‘s babies, while Norðri, active some days ago, doesn‘t deserve a mention anymore. Fate turns quickly in the field.

Given the dangerous gas levels at the eruptive site which get carried, albeit dispersed, from the highlands down into the deep firths of the Eastfjords and their farming grounds and fishing villages; the Icelandic Met Office has begun to issue warnings when necessary. They are found in a yellow ribbon in the header of every web page of en.vedur.is when relavent. When no warnings are being issued, the yellow ribbon disappears.

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Bad weather expected on Sunday - 29.8.2014

A deep and sharp low will approach Iceland from the southwest 31st August. Southerly and southeasterly winds are expected, 25-25 m/s, and very strong gusts near mountains. Considerable rain will probably follow in all of the country, especially in the Southeast and there is a risk of mudslides in Southeast. People are advised to check on their property and fasten loose objects. This low is the remains of "Cristobal" which caused damage in the Caribbean last week-end. Travellers are advised against fording rivers in South Iceland.

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Bárðarbunga events

Bárðarbunga 2014 - updated information

The lava field (now 72 square kilometers) continues to grow. The subsidence of the caldera is about 45 m and continues although the rate has decreased slightly. The volume of the subsidence is 1.1 - 1.2 km³. The energy of the geothermal areas in Bárðarbunga is now a few hundred megawatts and the melting of water is estimated 2 m³/s. The geothermal water goes into Skjálfandafljót og Jökulsá á Fjöllum. The flow is too small to effect the total water flow of the rivers.

It is estimated that the eruption produces 35,000 tons SO2 daily. Gas emissions at the eruption site are life threatening, gas masks and gas meters are required. There, local wind anomalies can occur due to thermal convection from the lava. Conditions on site are extremely dangerous as winds can change suddenly and unpredictably. Dispersed, the gas can be detected anywhere, see text forecast and an automatic forecast.

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