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Misty in the City

A strange mist was seen in northwestern Breidafjördur in west Iceland; it is thought to be caused by drifting ash and soil and a rare weather phenomenon of heavy rain in partly cloudy skies.


From Breidafjördur. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

A considerable amount of the drifting ash and dust from south Iceland reached the capital and traveled all the way to Breidafjördur on Sunday, the bay separating Snaefellsnes peninsula and the Westfjords. The veil of ash could be seen clearly in Grafarholt and Grafarvogur suburbs in Reykjavík near Mt. Esja and the bright summer night was darkened by the conditions.

The drift could be seen on satellite images on Sunday.

A local in Reykhólasveit in the Westfjords told mbl.is “it looked as if heavy rain prevailed in all directions, both in the Westfjords and south of the Westfjords: in Saurbær in Dölum Valley, throughout the Skardsströnd to Breidafjardareyjar islands and to the west. However, the skies were partly cloudy and in the scattered clouds the evening rouge could be seen. It rained the most where no rain clouds could be seen and the fog of Sunday afternoon was highly unusual.”


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