Super Storm Tomorrow? Maybe, Maybe Not - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Super Storm Tomorrow? Maybe, Maybe Not

Published December 29, 2015

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Art Bicnick

Wednesday morning could bring a massively destructive storm to Iceland, or possibly just a very large storm.

The Washington Post reports that a low pressure system which has already devastated Dallas, Texas is making its way northeast, with consequences for the UK and Iceland.

Some prediction models have forecast winds of up to 100 MPH (160 KPH) and seas, off the east coast especially, reaching heights of up to 40 feet (about 12 metres). However, the European prediction model forecasts a strong storm hitting Iceland, although not an unusual one.

In fact, local forecasts predict winds tomorrow exceeding 20m/s, with winds up to 35m/s in the east. These wind speeds are closer to 72 KPH to 126 KPH which, while certainly violent, are still below the 160 KPH winds predicted elsewhere.

The Post also updated the original contention that temperatures at the North Pole will rise by 70° above normal to state temperatures could rise by about 50° above normal for this time of year.

Meanwhile, east Iceland is already contending with heavy rains and flooding, drawing the resources of police, firefighters and rescue workers alike. The addition of a violent storm tomorrow morning will compound this problem, no matter what the strength of the storm turns out to be.


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