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Weather forecast for the next 24 hours

Northeast 8-18 m/s, strongest in the northwest part. Intermittent snow, but dry in SW- and W-Iceland. Temperature around freezing.
Northeast 8-15 m/s in Vestfirðir and Breiðafjörður tomorrow morning, otherwise calm and variable winds. Showers of snow in the north- and northeast part, but mostly dry in the south. Becoming southerly wind 5-13 m/s late in the day, with snow showers in S- and W-Iceland, but clearing up in the north. Temperature above freezing in the south- and west parts, but frost 0 to 8 deg. C elsewhere, coldest inland in NE-Iceland.

Forecast made 17.02.2020 18:26

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The Scientific Advisory Board meets to discuss the unrest at Mt. Thorbjörn in the Reykjanes peninsula - 7.2.2020

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Possible magma accumulation beneath Mt. Thorbjorn on Reykjanes peninsula - 26.1.2020

An inflation has been detected since January 21st and is centred just west of Mt. Thorbjorn on Reykjanes peninsula. The inflation is unusually rapid, around 3-4 mm per day and has accumulated to 2 cm to date. It has been detected both on continuous GPS stations and in InSAR images. The inflation is most likely a sign of magma accumulation at a depth of just a few km. If magma accumulation is causing the inflation, the accumulation is very small, with the first volume estimate is around 1 million cubic meters (0,001 km3).   This is the conclusion of a meeting held with the Scientific council of the Civil Protection at the IMO this morning.

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Glaciologists meet in Iceland - 6.11.2019

The Icelandic Meteorological Office, the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland, and the International Glaciological Society (IGS) hosted the third IGS Nordic Branch Meeting held in Iceland in Reykholt last week. Scientists and students in glaciology and related topics presented their research results.. Most presentations were about glacier mapping, glacier geomorphology and glacier dynamics but outreach efforts about glaciers and discussions about glacier changes in a wider societal context were also on the agenda.

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30th International Day for Disaster Reduction - 25.10.2019

The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction was held the 13th of October as every year since 1989. The day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly, with the aim to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. The day is an opportunity to create global awareness about disaster risk reduction, the progress made and to encourage further efforts to build disaster resilient communities and nations.

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Glacier change sessions at this year's Arctic Circle Assembly - 22.10.2019

Changes in the area and volume of ice and snow are strong indicators of global warming and nowhere are such changes more visible than in the Arctic, where the warming rate is presently twice as high as the global average. At this year's Arctic Circle Assembly, scientists from the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) led sessions and workshops on melting glaciers in the Arctic region. This is one of four topics that will be highlighted during Iceland's chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2019–2021.

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The year 2018 was wet and relatively warm. The precipitation was well above average in most parts of the country and the number of precipitation days was considerably higher than normal both in the South and in the North. The summer months were relatively cold in the southwestern part of the country compared to the last ten years while it was warm in the northeastern part. There was exceptionally little sunshine in the southwestern part of the country during the year. The number of bright sunshine hours in Reykjavík have not been as few since 1992. June and July were particularly gloomy in the South West. The last two months of the year were warm. Wind speed was close to average

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Climate change and hydrology: Environmental and societal effects

The climate and hydrology of Iceland are highly variable due to natural conditions. Significant changes in these factors over the last 15 years are in harmony with the future scenarios represented and affirmed in the latest IPCC summary report, AR5. The main purpose of IMO is to contribute towards security in society by monitoring, analyzing, interpreting, informing; providing warnings and forecasts and predicting natural hazards. It is important to keep the infrastructure strong so that IMO may fulfill its role.

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