It’s official: January was stormy

05.02.2020 - 13:09
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 Mynd: Kévin Dubois - Aðsend
January 2020 was a month of bad weather—even by Icelandic standards. The average windspeed was unusually brisk, and the number of days classified as stormy were unusually plentiful. It was among the stormiest Januaries on record, according to the official statistics from the Icelandic Met Office.

The Westfjords had a particulraly snowy January; as was evidenced by the three major avalanches that fell in Önundarfjörður and Súgandafjörður. 

Weather conditions often disrupted transport links throughout the month, and never more so than during chaotic scenes at Keflavík International Airport on the 13th when thousands were stuck in the terminal as all roads were closed and flights cancelled. 

The average windspeed in urban areas last month was the strongest recorded since February 2015. 

There was also a lot of precipitation in January. Reykjavík received 124 millimetres, which was 64 percent more than the 1961 to 1990 average. Akureyri received 77.9 millimetres of precipitation, which was 41 percent above the 1961-1990 average. Precipitation in Stykkishólmur was 131.4 millimetres, which is about double the average.  

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