What – no ash cloud ?!‏

[UPDATE – (26 May 2011)  The over reaction saga happens again a year later with little learned from experience. ] 

26 April 2010

Remember that ash cloud? It didn’t exist, says new evidence

“… new evidence shows there was no all-encompassing cloud and, where dust was present, it was often so thin that it posed no risk. The satellite images demonstrate that the skies were largely clear, which will not surprise the millions who enjoyed the fine, hot weather during the flight ban.”
Volcanic ash
“These models should have been tested by the Met Office’s main research plane, a BAE 146 jet, but it was in a hangar to be repainted and could not be sent up until last Tuesday  –  the last day of the ban.Evidence has emerged that the maximum density of the ash was only about one 20th of the limit that scientists, the Government, and aircraft and engine manufacturers have now decided is safe.



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