WEEKLY UPDATE AND VOLCANO COMMENTS ... 18TH APRIL 2010 ... 0930 BST
Well, the rain of significance finally arrived last week and was probably a shock to the system after such a long dry period.
It is still quite showery with strong trade winds and the rainfall of last week seems to have marked the change from the dry weather to a position of normality. But as always there will be plenty of sunshine too this week.
This volcanic event is beginning to cause disruption on an almost global scale as air travel is grounded across most of Europe and this may possibly extend to other areas.
It is not just those going on holiday that are affected but this is beginning to impact on the imports and exports of goods, particularly foods, and the economic problems that can follow could be very significant.
The eruption and the volcanic ash is not yet significant enough to cause catastrophic problems but it soon will if it carries on ... the other problem is that if the direction of the ash should change then other airspaces could be affected and this could go on and on ... the final factor is the length of the eruption; if this volcano keeps pumping this ash into the atmosphere at this rate for months and years, regardless of the direction it follows, this will bring implications for the weather with possible changes to temperature and the possibility of severe weather events globally.
It's looking ominous.
Holiday disruptions should be regarded as the least of our problems.
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