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Leo
16-04-2010, 06:04 PM
i'm in the states, so not me, but wondering who in our international membership is experiencing this firsthand. what's it like...cool? scary?

my wife is currently in the uk visiting family, supposed to fly back on sunday. hopefully skies will clear by then.

massrock
16-04-2010, 07:08 PM
Skies over London have been clear and lovely. Actually clearer than usual as there are no contrails.

Maybe a tiny bit hazy but nothing unusual.

polystyle desu
16-04-2010, 07:20 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/17/world/europe/17ash.html?hp

Leo
16-04-2010, 07:31 PM
ironically, i heard the airport in iceland has remained open because it's north of the volcano and the wind has carried the ash south and west.

scottdisco
16-04-2010, 07:33 PM
yeah i think it's too high up for us to see it from the ground but it's obviously causing delays across Europe, certainly north & west Europe anyway. hope your better half isn't stuck come Sunday, Leo!

that said, i think airports are supposed to get moving by this time tomorrow again.

a friend of a friend is supposedly off from Manchester to DC tomorrow, two other FAFs are supposed to be coming back to Mcr from Venice, another from Berlin and the best i know of is a FAF who is in Milan for work. he was due back this evening, but i've just heard is staying over w a colleague instead and having a big ol' Milanese dinner this evening w their family, the Inter Milan-Juve game on the box.
:)

polystyle desu
16-04-2010, 07:55 PM
tracking far... and wide ...
http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/16/tracking-the-volcanic-ash-cloud/

Leo
16-04-2010, 08:22 PM
tracking far... and wide ...
http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/16/tracking-the-volcanic-ash-cloud/

i like this bit:

Unable to fly out of Oslo after an appearance on the popular Scandinavian talk show Skavlan on Thursday, John Cleese explained to Norway’s TV2 in a telephone interview that he has hailed a taxi and embarked on a 930-mile ride from Oslo to Brussels. The comedian said he hopes to catch a Eurostar train back to London at 3 p.m. on Saturday, if he gets there in time. The French news agency AFP reports that the comedian said the fare will be 30,000 Norwegian kroner, or just over $5,000. It is not clear if that includes a tip, or how it will be divided by the three drivers in the taxi.

swears
16-04-2010, 08:33 PM
I was hoping to see the sky turn black, well disappointed. (No gotho)

scottdisco
16-04-2010, 08:36 PM
i got up this morning and for about ten or 20 minutes saw loads of ash in the sky, dull, cloudy white covering everything down the road, and thought to myself 'hey up! Icelandic, spot on!'

then i realised it was a bloke doing a bonfire up the street in his garden.

swears
17-04-2010, 05:03 PM
This is probably the first time in my life where I haven't heard or seen an aeroplane for days on end. Even after 9/11 you saw a few. A completely clear blue sky today and not a vapour trail in sight.

grizzleb
17-04-2010, 05:05 PM
This is probably the first time in my life where I haven't heard or seen an aeroplane for days on end. Even after 9/11 you saw a few. A completely clear blue sky today and not a vapour trail in sight.Pretty cool innit?

swears
17-04-2010, 05:23 PM
Reminds you of a time when kids could play in the sky all day without worrying about being hit by a plane.

scottdisco
17-04-2010, 05:41 PM
i blame El Al myself.

Leo
17-04-2010, 08:33 PM
hope your better half isn't stuck come Sunday, Leo!

yeah, well, so much for that! her flight from hearthrow sunday at 8pm was just cancelled, might not be able to make it out for a few more days as they sort out the backlog of stranded passengers. oh well, now i have another few days of blasting my obnoxious music, not shaving, etc....could be worse! ;)

mistersloane
17-04-2010, 10:48 PM
London was beautiful today, sun shining, people everywhere, and no background noise, total clear sky. It must have been like that in the 1920s, roll on World War One!

baboon2004
17-04-2010, 11:02 PM
maybe they should do volcanoes more often.

baboon2004
17-04-2010, 11:04 PM
Reminds you of a time when kids could play in the sky all day without worrying about being hit by a plane.

brilliant :D

benjybars
18-04-2010, 09:43 AM
London was beautiful today, sun shining, people everywhere, and no background noise, total clear sky. It must have been like that in the 1920s, roll on World War One!

:)

massrock
18-04-2010, 12:30 PM
The sound of small prop planes on a sunny day is actually one of my favorite sounds in the world.

Mr. Tea
19-04-2010, 02:18 PM
Dunno whether it's connected with the ash cloud but there was a STUNNING sunset on Saturday. I was on the coach from Oxford back to London but had to keep craning my neck to turn around and look. It was practically pornographic.

HMGovt
19-04-2010, 03:41 PM
Here's where it's coming from

http://www.universetoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/volcano-radar-image-580x372.jpg

:eek:

http://www.universetoday.com/2010/04/18/incredible-images-of-iceland-volcano-from-just-a-few-kilometers-away/

Leo
19-04-2010, 04:00 PM
Here's where it's coming from

http://www.universetoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/volcano-radar-image-580x372.jpg

:eek:

http://www.universetoday.com/2010/04/18/incredible-images-of-iceland-volcano-from-just-a-few-kilometers-away/

what an image! nature's way to saying "you humans have fucked with me once too often, now it's your turn!"

Mr. Tea
19-04-2010, 04:57 PM
Good find, HMG - what an image!

Reminds me of a short story (Arthur C. Clark, mebbe? Edit: yeah, Asimov, I think that's who I was thinking of, dur) about some scientists and military types conducting nuclear tests, and while studying a blast in a frame-by-frame replay, they see a leering devil face momentarily form in the mushroom cloud. This must have been the inspiration for a 'news' story I saw years ago in National Enquirer that supposedly reported the same phenomenon, complete with dodgy photoshops to prove it. :D

HMGovt
19-04-2010, 06:39 PM
Good find, HMG - what an image!

Reminds me of a short story (Arthur C. Clark, mebbe?) about some scientists and military types conducting nuclear tests, and while studying a blast in a frame-by-frame replay, they see a leering devil face momentarily form in the mushroom cloud. This must have been the inspiration for a 'news' story I saw years ago in National Enquirer that supposedly reported the same phenomenon, complete with dodgy photoshops to prove it. :D

Yes, I remember that. Here He is.

http://www.sinj.com/temperance-tarot/images/devil-face-wtc.jpg

Mr. Tea
19-04-2010, 06:59 PM
Yes, I remember that. Here He is.

http://www.sinj.com/temperance-tarot/images/devil-face-wtc.jpg

Ha, the 'devil-face-in-smoke' meme must be more widespread than I thought - the 'article' I was talking about was definitely about nuclear mushroom clouds, I remember seeing it when I was at school back in the early 90s.

massrock
19-04-2010, 07:04 PM
I think that story might be called "Silly Asses". It's by Isaac Asimov.

Ah it's actually "Hell-Fire", by Asimov.

Tentative Andy
19-04-2010, 07:54 PM
the 'devil-face-in-smoke' meme.

Im in ur clouds.

Lookin evil.

HMGovt
19-04-2010, 08:38 PM
http://inapcache.boston.com/universal/site_graphics/blogs/bigpicture/eyja_04_19/e01_23056097.jpg

I respect all volcanoes, but this one is truly gully

More like this here (http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/04/more_from_eyjafjallajokull.html)

mistersloane
19-04-2010, 11:08 PM
Great pictures! But that radar one really, really looks like the devil in Fantasia. Which worries me.

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f119/mistersloane/disneyvolcano.jpg

Mr. Tea
20-04-2010, 10:42 AM
Reminds me more of the Necronomicon from the Evil Dead films:

http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/necronomicon-5.jpg

:D

hatwell
20-04-2010, 02:47 PM
I've got two friends who came to visit me in the States stuck in an airport hotel in DC since Thursday. Read a news article about 'plucky Brits' channelling the 'Dunkirk spirit' to get home (guess which paper!), the story featured a couple who paid £8000 to charter a private boat across the Channel to get their son Cameron home in time to do his Philosophy A-Level exam. Such brave people!

Leo
20-04-2010, 03:04 PM
i've heard the queen mary has space: five-day journey US-UK, $1,500-$5,000 depending on cabin size.

Mr. Tea
20-04-2010, 03:39 PM
What kind of dicks take their kid on holiday a few days before his A-level exams?

Dickish ones, I guess.

HMGovt
20-04-2010, 04:23 PM
http://s.ngeo.com/wpf/media-live/photos/000/191/cache/iceland-volcano-lightning-4_19116_600x450.jpg

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/04/photogalleries/100419-iceland-volcano-lightning-ash-pictures/

scottdisco
20-04-2010, 10:05 PM
our kid told me a colleague of his drove back from Turkey where he had been holidaying. mental. well, drove to France from Turkey, then chunneled it at least.

great story in a paper today about how some bloke who runs a vegetarian Swiss restaurant in southwest London (that was the description it gave) is chartering a coach or such to get him and a load of regular customers to Zurich from the UK.

ASH CLOUD FOR PRIME MINISTER, as it says on Facebook.

Mr. Tea
17-05-2010, 05:00 PM
Edit: bugger, the video-embedding gremlins are at it again. URL is http://vimeo.com/11673745
Watch out for the ghostly shell of a crashed plane around 1:30!

HMGovt
27-05-2010, 08:36 PM
2nd Iceland volcano issues warning
Scientists say powerful Katla is ‘close to failure’

http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/afp/was3077394.rp350x350.jpg
An April 17 NASA image shows the Eyjafjallajokull volcano to the west and Myrdalsjokull ice cap, beneath which slumbers the mighty Katla volcano, to the east

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37371442/ns/world_news-europe

LONDON - A second, much larger volcano in Iceland is showing signs that it may be about to erupt, scientists have warned.

Since the start of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption, which caused cancellations of thousands of flights in Europe because of a giant ash cloud, there has been much speculation about neighboring Katla.

An initial research paper by the University College of London Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction said: "Analysis of the seismic energy released around Katla over the last decade or so is interpreted as providing evidence of a rising ... intrusive magma body on the western flank of the volcano."


"Earlier seismic energy release at Katla is associated with the inflation of the volcano, which indicates it is close to failure, although this does not appear to be linked to seismicity around Eyjafjallajökull," it added.

"We conclude that given the high frequency of Katla activity, an eruption in the short term is a strong possibility," the report said. "It is likely to be preceded by new earthquake activity. Presently there is no unusual seismicity under Katla."

Icelandic President Ólafur Grímsson has warned governments around Europe that a significant eruption at the volcano is close. "We [Iceland] have prepared ... it is high time for European governments and airline authorities all over Europe and the world to start planning for the eventual Katla eruption," he said.