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PostSubject: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:22 am

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8621407.stm

"Airline passengers are facing massive disruption across the UK after an ash cloud from a volcanic eruption in Iceland grounded planes.
In Scotland, all airports are shut and there is disruption at many others including Manchester, Liverpool, Stansted, Newcastle and Birmingham.
The Air Traffic Control Service (Nats) imposed restrictions after the Met Office warned ash could damage engines.
Passengers are being advised to contact their airlines prior to travel.
Experts have warned that the tiny particles of rock, glass and sand contained in the ash cloud would be sufficient to jam aircraft engines."

"The European air safety body, Eurocontrol, said the cloud of ash had reached 55,000ft and was expected to move through northern UK and Scotland by 1300BST.
Brian Flynn, assistant head of operations of its central flow management unit, told the BBC: "As it moves toward the Netherlands and Belgium it will dissipate and lose intensity, like any weather phenomenon. But we don't know what the extent of it will be."



Well at 1pm i'll get the deck chairs out and watch this massive ash cloud come over , lol

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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:19 am

UK airspace is now CLOSED until 6pm.

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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:35 am

Are the ash clouds dangerous in anyway for the public? I saw in a movie once your not meant to breathe with ash in the air because its poisionus.

Looking at Virtuel Radar for planes not one of them are over the UK. Usually theres thousands.
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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:36 am

get ur cameras out this evening folks , belter of a sunset possible

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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:37 am

don't think so WM , the ash is at 20,000 to 35,000 feet , so shouldn't pose any danger to health at the moment

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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:56 am

Wont get a nice sunset at this rate if this North sea cloud doesnt bugger off! Thankfully it should go soon.

Ash is dangerous to Aircraft engines as it may jam them. The ash is nto expected to reach the ground.

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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:56 am

Check out the Weather Connect homepage for the latest updates.

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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:02 am

Wow! Sferics being produced from the cloud today! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:08 am

yep , amazing to see that Smile

Sunny spells here so praying to the sky gods that we get a very nice sunset

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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:09 am

I suspect Sunrise and Sunset tomorrow will also be very good. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:11 am

yep , sunset is 8.19pm here tonight and sunrise is 6.05am tommorow , so an early start! , lol

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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:12 am

I wonder if Yowindow will show the ash cloud lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:17 am

Lol. That would be amazing. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:38 am

Reports that Belgian airspace now closed too.

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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:42 am

NO non emergency flights until 7am at the earliest tomorrow now.

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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:31 am

Our plane and airport went today but not from Glasgow because it is shut it came from Stornoway. Lol we really are hardies out here.

I have done a bit of research into this.

Plane: Once a plane enters a dust cloud the engines will die out and it can also block the windows. It ruins the engines and no matter how much you wash it the dust will remain. Basically you need a new plane which costs a lot of money. Companies won't want to risk losing a plane, pilots lifes and passengers lives.

Dust: The dust is very high up at the moment and there is a westerly wind forecasted on Friday in northern Scotland could get to 30mph this is good news. If dust did enter your lungs your eyes would turn red and you would have trouble breathing however its not serious unless you have heart conditions or asthma then it could be life threatening.
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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:46 am

The far west of Scotland and Northern Ireland isnt really going to be affected so much compared to over this way judging by forecasts.

There may be a window of opportunity to resume flying late on Friday into Saturday HOWEVER, northerly winds by Sunday could bring more Ash directly our way.

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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:52 am

NATS are also saying that the UK Airspace is unlikely to be opened up evrn after 7am tomorrow.

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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:09 am

Yeah they must have given it the all clear this morning when it went.
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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:50 am

I suspect planes will be running by the end of tomorrow, however flights will be restricted to where they are going, disruption continuing across North and Western parts of Europe.

Sunday onwards could be interesting as winds turn more westerly. This could bring the ash cloud back, will be have to see how the volcano is erupting. Lots of disruptions over the coming days though.
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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:25 am

I suspect flights wont be resumed until at least 1300-1600 tomorrow but will be grounded once again sometime on Sunday presuming the ash continues to flow which seems likely.

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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:46 am

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If dust did enter your lungs your eyes would turn red and you would have trouble breathing however its not serious unless you have heart conditions or asthma then it could be life threatening.
Yes, for the most part it's just an irritant and a healthy body can cope quite well. In high concentrations volcanic ash can pose a suffocation risk as it forms like a cement with damp conditions (not something to really worry about though!).

It looks quite eerie on the map, a curved line of complete blank skies in the northern areas of Europe.
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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 12:01 pm

Was watching the news there and they said the ash is not poisinous and like Magic said nothing to worry about. (For those who are worrying about that including me lol)

Current Sat Image Showing Where It Is:

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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 12:07 pm

I shall use that image on the site. Wink

The southern point of the Ash cloud will probably soon start veering sharply South West as winds travel around the High.

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PostSubject: Re: Icelandic Ash DISCUSSION   Thu Apr 15, 2010 12:11 pm

Seems me in the East should do quite well from this (if you want interesting sunsets etc...) An update a 8pm, im guessing no flights till 1pm?
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