Adapt 2030 Ice Hurricane In Iceland?

Did anyone see this in the news? Adapt 2030 is saying there was an “Ice Hurricane” in Iceland. Cat 3 winds and blowing snow of several feet deep. FWIW, he mistranslates Hiver, which is just “winter”. Has some nice graphs of deeper weather history, back to the Great Freeze of 1709 and before.

I did some poking around, but my Search Foo is weak on this one. Put Ice and Iceland in a search and you get a LOT of hits ;-)

About the best I got was the cache of Iceland Met. in the search engine (the present contents of the page are more tame):

Home-page – Icelandic Meteorological Office

Hurricane force wind in Iceland for the last two days with heavy snow blizzard in the northern part. Natural avalanches should be expected during the weather and unstable windslabs can prevail. Written by a specialist at 11 Dec 16:52 GMT. More

Then, Iceagenow has it moving on to Britain:

Britain to be gripped by a ferocious snow blizzard
December 16, 2019 by Robert

Polar storms will cause temperatures to plummet to a bitterly cold -5C. Vehicles stranded by snow.

15 Dec 2019 – The Met Office recorded heavy snowfall across western parts of Scotland and northern England overnight, with sleet developing in the South West. In some areas of northern England a fresh covering of snow left vehicles stranded. North Yorkshire Police said the A170 at Sutton Bank, Thirsk, was closed overnight and reported problems on the A59 Harrogate to Skipton road, in the Yorkshire Dales.

Further south, police warned of snow on the M62 at its highest point between Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire. There were also reports of a covering of snow in Cumbria and on the east coast near Scarborough.

The Met Office issued three yellow weather warnings for ice in Northern Ireland, the east coast from Sheffield up to Perth in central Scotland and northern Wales until 11am on Sunday.

Snow charts by weather forecaster Net Weather showed a snow blizzard heading towards north west areas of the UK, as well as western Scotland.

Temperatures overnight were forecast to fall to -5C in the Scottish Highlands.

One hopes that the rails don’t freeze up again… Then again, might be nice to see them pull the old monster train engines out of the museum once again ;-)

I did a brief stint on France24 and Sky UK this morning, but they were all busy with politics, strikes, and complaining about Boris.

If it gets really messy and frozen in the UK, please point me at a source for the coverage. As it stands now, I’m not sure if this is the Real Deal Polar Express, or just some folks ventilating a lot.

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12 Responses to Adapt 2030 Ice Hurricane In Iceland?

  1. rogercaiazza says:

    How about road conditions in Iceland. If you poke around there are even web cams

  2. cdquarles says:

    No surprise. A strong system rolled through here last night. Strong southerly winds ahead of it. Cold, dry air behind it. Got a few tornadoes out of it, with a warning for a county west of me; yet it didn’t cross the river. I only got a bit of wind, lightning and roughly a quarter of an inch of rain out of it. It is the secondary tornado season for me, after all.

  3. View from the Solent says:

    Looks like ventilating.
    There was snow in northern UK yesterday (Monday) with a few mountain roads blocked for a time. gives info on Scottish mountain resorts

  4. E.M.Smith says:


    Nice Link! Does look like all the inland roads are impassible and the perimeter roads have a lot of ice patches or slippery.


    It is presently cold and drippy in California, Silicon Valley. That usually means snow up in the mountains. Yesterday was clear, sunny, and cold (for us ;-)

    We don’t usually get the “cold dry air” from Canada, there being 2 mountain ranges between us and it, and the jet stream being onshore. But sometimes a big push will run over the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada and then the minor hills of the Coast Range (but there’s that big gap that’s the Bay Delta region…) Rarely lasts more than a day or two if it happens at all.

    It looks like it is a clear run into the Florida Panhandle and the only thing to stop the “cold dry air” is the heat from the Gulf and Atlantic Gulf Stream. I suspect there’s a lot of fog over I-10 about New Orleans to Alabama… where it crosses any water.

    After you get one of those Canada Express events, does it tend to warm back up quickly, or does it just sit on top of you with brooding cold air?

  5. Larry Ledwick says:

    That fits in with the recent behavior of the jet stream

    Interesting loop in the wind flow south of Iceland and looks like a bunch of arctic air plunging down over Iceland to merge into that loop.
    (as of 12/17/19 16:33 utc),61.577,-31.686,3

  6. cdquarles says:

    How long the cold lasts depends on the waves coming through from the west coast to east coast; which is usually three to four days, and where the semi-permanent lows and highs set up. The jets typically set up between those.

    An example from the 70s. A week before Christmas we had a set up where the semi-permanent low allowed a strong, but slow moving system to form. The strong southerly winds warmed it up into the 70s, with the accompanying humidity. The cold front came in, with the associated strong thunderstorms/tornadoes, as is common here during the secondary season. After that front moved through, the temps dropped enough for snow to form. It was quite cold for about 48 hours, then the high moved east enough for the temps to rise back to average and no snow on Christmas (a Wednesday, if I am remembering correctly). Two days later, it was back to 70s.

    This time, we are expecting about 3 days of cold, but no snow. Roughly a week from now, we might see 60s.

  7. John Robertson says:

    In the dumbing down horse race,how low can they go?
    “Snow Blizzard”??
    Is there such a thing as a blizzard without blowing snow?

    This reflects just how pathetic our media is.
    As with “Climate Change” is this as intelligent as “Water wet”?
    Found this the other day, could be why the Cult of Calamitous Climate claims the Arctic is warming like nowhere else.
    And this has been a problem since Canada closed the manned Arctic Weather Stations in the 1990s.
    Temperature sensors have an operating range of -40°C to +60°C and are capable of recording temperatures within 0.1°C. All temperature sensors (WIN and Environment Canada) have an accuracy of ± 0.6°C or better. Station temperature is recorded at 15 minute intervals.”
    Sure is easy to gin up some warming if you clip off everything cooler than 40 below.

  8. Steven Fraser says:

    Interesting to see yet another organization that does not know the difference between ‘farther’ and ‘further’.

  9. E.M.Smith says:

    Um, looking it up here:

    Definition of further (Entry 1 of 3)
    1: FARTHER sense 1
    my ponies are tired, and I have further to go
    — Thomas Hardy

    Seems to say that in the sense of “farther away” that further to go is a direct equivalent. Is this a new usage (i.e. allowing the error) or a correct usage (and who’s the authority if not Merriam Webster?…) or perhaps an Americanism?

  10. Larry Ledwick says:

    I have always seen that usage.

    It is farther down the road than I thought.

    We have to go a bit further to get there.

  11. tom0mason says:


    People use both further and farther to mean “more distant.” However, American English speakers favor farther for physical distances and further for figurative distances.

  12. Graeme No.3 says:

    Possible explanation for the name Iceland. Supplied by the very early Vikings before ‘global (or at least north Atlantic) warming’.
    I see that Scotland is already seeing some of this weather (NW with roads blocked etc.)

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