British Isles storm and ash plume, 2011

British Isles storm and ash plume, 2011

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Caption: British Isles storm and ash plume, May 2011, satellite image. This low-pressure storm system is seen as a spiral cloud formation, with Ireland just below centre and the UK mainland at right. Part of France is at lower right. At upper left, the brown patch is an ash plume being blown southwards from the eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland. Like the Eyjafjallajokull eruption of 2010, this one is disrupting UK airspace, though the ash is of a different sort and the disruption is expected to be less severe. The eruption started on 21 May 2011, and this image was obtained by the MODIS sensor on a NASA satellite on 23 May 2011.

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