Friday, April 16, 2010
There´s a clear blue sky without a single cloud in sight. Another thing that isn´t in sight is aeroplanes because all airline traffic over northern Europe has shut down and will most probably be so today and perhaps several days more. The air is filled with ashes from a vulcano up in Iceland and the winds blows the ashes over northern Europe. I can´t see any ash clouds but it´s out there. The problem with vulcano ashes is that it´s so sharp that it destroys jet engines and grinds the aeroplane windows so hard that the pilots can´t see anything after a while.
This is just a small eruption at the moment, but they are afraid that the much bigger vulcano, Kattla, will erupt soon. Then there will be a massive ash cloud up there in the sky. There is one much bigger problem with vulcanic ash in the air than aeroplanes not being able to fly, the climate can change for a shorter or longer period of time. The particles will stop the heat from the sun reaching the earth, even if the layer of ashes is so thin that we can´t see it and the temperatyres will drop, sometimes very much. But if I undertand thing correct it needs a much bigger eruption than what Kattla most probably will have.
The morning walk was so nice today. We walked down to the creek through the forest, so the rather cold winds from Iceland didn´t reach us that much. I could here that the Black grouses roosters still are out on the bog tryilng to impress the hen. The woodpecker flew from tree to tree and the nesting couples of cranes we have here announced that they had established their territories once again. For the first time this year I could also hear cattle out on the fields. Yesterday I saw a calf not one hour old :-)
Well it´s time for a cup of tea and then I´ll try to find a place outside away from the wind so I can enjoy the sun for a while.
Have a great day now!