Thursday, May 13, 2010

Ash Saturday

First photos of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic ash in Swiss airspace? Maybe...

Saturday, 17 April: solo ski-tour to the Wildhorn (3248 m), the highest peak of the Wildhorn group in the Bernese Alps, topping out early afternoon. (OK, so we were slow.) This was the day that the volcanic ash from Eyjafjallajökull was predicted to reach Swiss airspace. Indeed, to the southwest of the peak, faint cloud bands were visible in the sky (above the low-level cumulus). Was that the ash? I sent these images to MeteoSuisse for their opinion but, so far, unfortunately, no reply ....

View from Wildhorn summit

Detail with enhanced contrast

On Monday and Tuesday the following week, Zurich was treated to smoky skies and moderately spectacular sunrises:-


Report on MeteoSuisse website about the ash cloud's arrival in Swiss airspace (German only)

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