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Plume of Ash from Mount Etna, Italy – April 13th, 2013

37.7N 15.0E

April 13th, 2013 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Italy – April 12th, 2013

A plume of ash billows forth from the caldera of Mount Etna, on the Italian island of Sicily, and blows due southeastward over the Mediterranean Sea. According to ground reports, the volcano has experienced  a series of paroxysms with lava fountains since the first week of April, and is now also experiencing vulcanian activity – truly explosive activity characterised by a dense cloud of ash-laden gas exploding from the crater and rising high above the peak. These are not something normally seen on Etna where ‘Strombolian’ activity is more common.

Activity at Mount Etna, Italy – March 26th, 2013

37.7N 15.0E

March 26th, 2013 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Italy – March 23rd, 2013

Visible just west of the clouds lining the east coast of Sicily is the snow-capped Mounta Etna volcano, the largest of Italy’s three active volcanoes. The faint grey line that can be seen streaming east-southeastward from its peak is a stream of gas and ash from multiple craters.

Haze from Po Valley to Apulia Coast, Italy

45.4N 9.1E

March 5th, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Clouds

Italy – March 4th, 2013

Haze hangs over the Po Valley of northern Italy, hemmed in between the Alps to the north and the Apennines to the southeast. It also spreads southeastward past the Po Delta, and then frames Italy’s Adriatic Coast, reaching southward to the shoreline of the Apulia Region.

The source of the haze could be fires, fog, or smog and air pollution. Air pollution is one important factor in climate change in Italy. Air pollutants arise from biomass burning, urban-industrial and natural sources. Under certain atmospheric circulation configurations, long-range or trans-boundary transport of pollutants, including aerosols, carbon monoxide, ozone, desert dust, mould spores and pesticide may occur over large distances and over time scales of typically four to six days (click here for more information).


Snowfall Over the Alps and Fog Across Northern Italy

45.4N 9.1E

February 17th, 2013 Category: Mountains

Italy – January 26th, 2013

The Alps, one of the great mountain range systems of Europe, are covered in snow in this winter image. The mountains stretch approximately 1,200 kilometres (750 mi) across eight countries from Austria and Slovenia in the east, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, France to the west and Italy and Monaco to the south. Here, a fog can be seen extending over northern Italy, from the Alps, across the valley of the River Po, to the northern slopes of the Apennines.

Fog Over Valley of River Po, Italy

45.4N 12.3E

January 31st, 2013 Category: Clouds

Italy – January 27th, 2013

A thick fog hangs over the valley of the River Po, in northern Italy, between the snow-capped peaks of the Alps (above) and the white peaks of the Apennines (below). The fog has a clear patch towards the center of the valley, south of Lake Garda, and by the Po Delta, south of Venice.