Satellite Image of latest Ash Cloud
Meteosat Second Generation (MSG)
MSG images are monitoring for the presence of volcanic ash emission in the vicinity of Iceland using infrared data from the Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) satellite. Because cloud particles and volcanic ash particles interact with the infrared radiation in different ways, data at several different wavelengths can be combined to identify the main ash plume, which, when present, would be shown as yellow and orange colours in the images. However, it should be noted that it is only the thicker parts of the plume that are able to be detected by this method. In addition, the ash plume is often masked by overlying high cloud and therefore might not appear in the satellite image.
Satellite image shows Tsunami forecast after the massive earthquake in Japan.
Hawaii and other parts of the Pacific were braced for a destructive tsunami today. Tsunami sirens were sounded and coastal areas were evacuated in Hawaii, where the first waves were expected to hit about 3 a.m. (1300 GMT) today.
Meanwhile the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre widened its alert beyond East Asia to include Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, the entire US western coast, Mexico and Central and South America and the rest of the Pacific Ocean.
Satellite image taken at 11:00am 18/12/2010 showing snow cloud covering the UK
Image via MetOffice - click here for more information on snow delays
Meteorologists say the ash cloud could remain over Europe for a further five days. Air traffic chiefs said the UK will remain on lock-down until at least 7am tomorrow. But transport boss Lord Adonis last night forecast "significant disruption" for at least the next 48 hours. Air traffic control company Nats said the ash cloud is "moving around and changing shape".
Huge numbers of Britsh travellers are stranded over seas and many more UK holiday makers are being forced to cancel their holiday. Our suppliers are also taking rebookings from those already booked at Bargain Villas
Below is a graphic from the Met Office to show the dispurtion of the Iceland Ash Cloud over the next 24 hours.
NATS have stated that after a review of the latest MET office information the current restrictions in place preventing flights in the airspace over England and Wales will remain in place until 07:00 on 17th April. From 19:00 today restrictions will be lifted in parts of Scottish airspace. Travellers are still advised to contact their airline before travel.
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