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There is no volcanic ash cloud over Europe today, and forecasts from Britain's Meteorological Office show clear skies all week. The Iceland volcano, Eyjafjallajökull, is shrinking and now appears dormant.
Iceland's volcanic ash cloud is no where near Europe today. The five-day forecast for Europe is for ash-free skies, unless Eyjafjallajökull puffs a bigger plume or the winds shift.
All European flights continued uninterrupted Thursday as favorable winds pushed the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland clear of the mainland.
European air space was unaffected Wednesday by the volcanic ash cloud, although Finland and Norway are bracing for weekend disruptions as the cloud blows into the Norwegian Sea.
The volcanic ash cloud from Iceland dissipated today and a British Airways labor strike was canceled, allowing Europe's airports to return to near-normal operations. But the British Met Office is taking fire for its volcanic ash cloud forecasts.
The volcanic ash cloud from Iceland is lingering over London today, May 17, affecting hundreds of flights in and out of Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
As of May 13, the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland has shrunk substantially over the past two days, allowing dozens of airports in Europe to reopen and restoring flights to normal.
The volcanic ash cloud from Iceland is now drifting over Africa as well as Europe, closing airports and causing cancellations of transatlantic flights to the United States.
Amid aftermath of the Iceland volcano, the Norwegian PM has relied on an Apple iPad to keep up with business.