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Weather forecast for the next 24 hours

West 8-15 m/s, but 13-20 on the south coast. Rain or showers, but mostly dry in E-Iceland. Temperature 2 to 8 deg. C. Decreasing winds tonight. SW 5-13 and showers of snow or rain tomorrow, but partly cloudy and dry in the east part. Temperature 0 to 5 deg. C.
Forecast made 26.10.2016 10:51

Forecaster's remarks

Westerly 13-20 m/s is expected by the south coast today. Tomorrow snowshowers are expected, mainly in the west part with a chance of icy roads.
Prepared by the meteorologist on duty 26.10.2016 10:51

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Reporting floods well appreciated - 20.10.2016

With the foreword that safety is most important, reporting on flood events is welcome. Apologies; the web form is still only available in Icelandic but fairly self-explanatory. Please have a go and comment in English, that would be well appreciated.

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Severe gale or storm - 19.10.2016

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Update on the weather forecast and flood conditions - 13.10.2016

Following heavy rainfall overnight, stream and river levels remain high in the south.

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On the weather forecast and the flood conditions - 12.10.2016

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47th Nordic Seismology Seminar held in Reykjavík - 7.10.2016

The 47th Nordic Seismology Seminar takes place 11 - 13 October 2016. The seminar covers a wide range of topics related to seismological research, such as automatic detection of earthquakes, improving methodology in data analysis, hazard assessment and engineering seismology, as well as structural studies of the earth's crust and upper mantle. As this year's seminar takes place in Iceland, a special focus will also be on volcano seismology, magma tracking in the crust and eruption early warning.

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Evaluation of the history of climate in Iceland since the settlement has been ongoing for more than two hundred years. Hannes Finnsson, the bishop of Skálholt wrote the first scientific treatise on the subject in 1796 (Finnsson, 1796).

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