I started this blog on a whim in October 2005, which just happened to be a particularly slow time in the freelance copy editing and translating business. When it came to naming this little project I was a little stuck, but after a brief saunter down memory lane I decided on a name and a concept. In short, the Iceland Weather Report harks back to a little column I used to write for the Iceland Review publishing house. You can read a bit more about the origins of the name here.
For several years, every post on this blog ended with a short written weather report, which also gave sunrise and sunset times. Over time, though, I started to lose my enthusiasm for the weather reports. I ran out of ways to describe the weather with any sort of originality and the whole process was a bit laborious, requiring logging on to various websites and clicking on links to check the current temperatures, convert them into Farenheit and so on and so forth. And one day I woke up to the realization that the little weather report bit at the end – popular as it was with some readers – was really dampening my enthusiasm for writing posts.
In short, I wanted a bit of a change. I wanted to be able to provide shorter, more frequent updates, without the “chore” of providing the weather report at the end. For a while I toyed with the idea of launching another blog entirely, but as a project that seemed a bit too ambitious.
In the end I decided to keep the Iceland Weather Report name, and just use an automated weather report. It is kindly provided by the Icelandic Meterological Office, is located here, and even though it does not provide sunrise and sunset times, it is far more accurate and up-to-date than I could ever be. Honest.