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Photosynthetic Activity in France – October 4th, 2011

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October 4th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Vegetation Index

France - October 3rd, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of France (right), as well as parts of the United Kingdom (top center), Ireland (top left) and Spain (below).

The index is generally good (green) throughout, with some areas of high photosynthetic activity (rusty red) in Wales and southwestern England, and the Manche department of Normandy in northern France. The index is lowest (yellow) in southern France and across the Pyrenees, in Spain.

Sediments from Rivers Thames and Severn, United Kingdom – September 29th, 2011

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September 29th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

UK and France - September 28th, 2011

Greenish gold sediments pour from the River Thames, in England, through its estuary, and into the North Sea. From there, currents carry them northeastward, parallel to the coasts of France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

On the opposite side of the United Kingdom, reddish brown sediments from the River Severn flow into the Bristol Channel. The channel separates southern Wales from southwestern England.


Snow Over the United Kingdom and Ireland – December 19th, 2010

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December 19th, 2010 Category: Image of the day

United Kingdom and Ireland - December 18th, 2010


Blizzards and freezing temperatures shut down runways, train tracks and highways across Europe on Saturday, disrupting flights and leaving shivering drivers stranded on roadsides. Airports in Britain, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Denmark reported cancelations or delays to flights.

This image focuses on the United Kingdom and Ireland. Although large parts of the UK are covered in clouds, snow can still be seen coating the ground in Wales, southern England and Northern Ireland. Southeastern Ireland is the only visible land area that is free of snow. In the full images, snow can also be seen over France, below, and Belgium and Netherlands, right.

Hundreds of motorists were left stranded on a major road in northwestern England following a deluge, prompting police patrols to offer food and water to drivers. In Italy, the Autostrada of the Sun — the country’s main north-south highway — was jammed with hundreds of vehicles, whose chilly occupants slept in their cars, vans or trucks.

The snowfall also forced high-speed trains to bypass Florence’s central Santa Maria Novella station, stopping in suburban stations instead.

Paris was sprinkled with a light coat of snow overnight, and more snow was predicted Saturday, leading civil aviation authorities to cancel 15 percent of flights at Charles de Gaulle airport. Many flights were also canceled in northeastern France, where snow already blanketed the ground, and services were also canceled at the airports in the cities of Nantes and Rennes.

Significant numbers of domestic and European flights were canceled at Germany’s Frankfurt airport as it dealt with the disruption. Germany’s railway operator Deutsche Bahn said it was pressing into service all the trains it could — though some journeys were subject to delays.

The icy weather also swept over large parts of Scandinavia, causing problems particularly in Denmark, where dozens of flights were canceled at the airport in Copenhagen. Train traffic between Denmark and southern Sweden was also disrupted because of track problems, partly due to the snow, forcing passengers to instead take buses between the two countries.

In Sweden, where media reports suggest the country is experiencing the coldest winter weather this early on in the season since the mid-1800’s, several road accidents were reported, with more than 20 in the Stockholm area alone.

Sediments in the Bristol Channel Between Wales and Southwestern England, United Kingdom – April 9th, 2010

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April 9th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

United Kingdom - March 5th, 2010

United Kingdom - March 5th, 2010

Sediments line the southern and western coasts of the United Kingdom, appearing densest where they flow out of the Bristol Channel, between Wales (above) and southwest England (below). The channel extends from the lower estuary of the River Severn to that part of the North Atlantic Ocean known as the Celtic Sea.

The geography of Wales accounts for less than a tenth of the total area of the UK, covering 20,758 square kilometres (8,010 sq mi). Wales is mostly mountainous, though South Wales is less mountainous than North and mid Wales.

Big Chill and Snowfall Over Europe – January 11th, 2010

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January 11th, 2010 Category: Image of the day

UK and France - January 8th, 2010

UK and France - January 8th, 2010

Closeup of UK - January 8th, 2010

Closeup of UK

Europe has been experiencing unusually cold weather since late December. The current big chill is a result of high pressure over the polar region, which has pushed cold air out of the Arctic towards much of northern Europe, parts of Asia and the US. Winds from the north and north east, rather than the south and south west, have brought freezing temperatures to the UK. Provisional Met Office figures for December show temperatures for much of the UK were 1.5C and 2.5C below the mean temperatures for the last 30 years. Scotland saw temperatures dip still lower – from 2.5C to 3.5C. Last week, temperatures in Scotland plunged to -22.3C in places.

The icy weather gripping parts of Europe has disrupted flights at airports in the UK, France, the Irish Republic and the Netherlands. Many flights were delayed or cancelled at Orly airport in Paris, Dublin airport and Amsterdam-Schiphol, as well as major UK airports. The main image shows the snow-covered terrain of the United Kingdom, Ireland, northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The close-up focuses on the United Kingdom and Ireland. In southern England, some 4,000 people were left without electricity after snow brought down power lines. In the Irish Republic, all roads into Dublin are extremely icy and hundreds of Irish schools have closed, the Irish Times reports.

A Eurostar train was stuck for about two hours in the Channel Tunnel on Thursday. It later reached the UK. Four other Eurostar trains were cancelled, a company spokesman said. Last month the Eurostar service was suspended for three days after several trains broke down in the tunnel. Powdery snow getting into the engines was identified as the cause.

Many parts of Germany saw temperatures fall below -10C on Thursday, the Deutsche Welle news website reports. In Germany, at least nine homeless men aged from 42 to 62 froze to death. In the North Rhine-Westphalia region two derailments in as many days have caused havoc with the rail timetable, triggering cancellations and delays.

Icy roads have disrupted road freight deliveries to France’s Channel ports. Snow is blanketing a large swathe of France, reaching as far south as Bordeaux. Heavy snow caused big traffic jams around Amsterdam and Haarlem on Wednesday evening, Radio Netherlands reports. Few buses were running in the affected areas. In Austria, the authorities are on standby amid forecasts of heavy snow in the coming days in low-lying parts of the country. In Poland, the winter death toll has reached 122 – most of the victims reportedly homeless people. The cold snap is also affecting Scandinavian countries. In Hemavan, in the far north of Sweden, a new winter low of -40.8C (-41.4F) was recorded overnight, Radio Sweden reports.The Arctic freeze has also seen temperatures in central Sweden plummet to between -30 and -40C – the coldest weather since the mid-1980s. In Norway, temperatures plummeted to -40C in some areas. The capital Oslo ran a reduced bus service because engine oil had frozen.

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