The high winds and rain Iceland has been experiencing over the past 36 hours or so are the remains of what was Hurricane Cristobal.
Iceland’s mercurial weather caught the attention of science buffs overseas, as Discover Magazine reported late last night that the storm formerly known as Hurrican Cristobal was taking “dead aim” at Iceland.
Hurricanes are not common to more northern latitudes. In fact, Cristobal had changed into what is known as a “warm seclusion cyclone” by the time it reached Iceland. This kind of cyclone is characterised by a center of warm, wet air surrounded by cooler air.
The Icelandic Met Office reported winds up to 25 m/s, while temperatures remained a balmy 10°C to 15°C. Vísir reports emergency workers were called out some 37 times yesterday to deal with flooding. There were, fortunately, no injuries or deaths as a result of the foul weather.