Two Volcanoes Erupting

August 29th, 2014 at 2:02 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

Volcano structure US Geological Survey   Click on the image to enlarge.  This graphic is from the U.S. Geological Survey and shows the structure of a volcano.  We have two additional volcanic eruptions.  Check out the Rabaul Caldera eruption on Mount Tavurvur in Papua New Guinea.  News reports say the smoke and ash plume from Rabaul has gone 11.2 miles above the ground!  Some airline flights have been diverted.  Volcanoes (especially in the tropics) can on rare occasion cool the Earth by blasting enough sulfur dioxide into the upper atmosphere.  That’s what the volcanic explosion of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines did in 1991-92.  Check out the Eruption Image Gallery at the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre.  We also have a volcanic eruption in Iceland.  The Bardarbunga Volcano has a fissure over half a mile long.  A Code Red aviation travel warning with a no-fly zone was issued Friday by the U.K. Met Office.  Here’s a map of Iceland’s volcanoes.  You might remember the the eruption of Mt. Eyjafjallajökull in 2010.   Check out this pic. of that eruption!  The windy, rainy remains of Hurricane Cristobal are going to pass over Iceland.  Also, a magnitude 5.6 earthquake has struck just off the coast of Greece.  And…intense low pressure will form over Hudson BayTornado yesterday at Mayfield SD.  Here’s snow falling on Pike’s Peak in ColoradoSurf’s up in California!  Here’s the latest severe weather outlooks from SPC.    I’ll update in the morning…too tired to stay up for the European model.  The overnight NAM (caribou) still looks too low with rainfall totals.  The GFS-plot gives G.R. 1.07″ of rain between now and next Tues. AM and that sounds better.  Temperatures slightly warmer than average for the next week to 10 days (normal high is now 79° – down 4° from the peak in mid-July.

30 Responses to “Two Volcanoes Erupting”

  1. TomKap (Michigan & Fuller - GR) says:

    I like warmer than average. Thank you.

  2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    >>>>BREAKING NEWS>>>> GR will not reach 90 degrees this entire summer! Who would have thought! Another Bingo! INCREDIBLE!

  3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    We have a great weekend on tap! Temps in the low 80′s and minimal rain during the daylight hours! Imagine that!

    1. matt says:

      Raining in holland wrong again thanks for listening

  4. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Just think – we may have our first major SNOWSTORM in about 3 months! AMAZING!

    1. matt says:

      Right kid is that what your tinker toys tell you

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        No but that is what fixxxer told me! He also said that he can hardly wait for winter to get started! Bring on the COLD and SNOW baby!

        1. Mother Theresa says:


        2. matt says:

          It is raining in holland nice call on no rain till the pm kid. Better go adjust your tinker toy weather model kiddo

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Those 6-to-10 and 8-to-14 day outlooks are going to have a lot of students wishing they were ANYWHERE but school….LOL!

  5. GunLakeDeb says:

    Speaking of volcanoes – good ol’ Mt Kilauea (Big Island, HI) is pouring lava down a new section of mountain. I was there in 1995 during an eruption and it’s an amazing thing to see, especially when it hits the ocean! I’m also astounded at how many people live at the base of that volcano, sort of thumbing their noses at the obvious danger of losing their home to lava….

      1. Although I am not trusting any long range predictions right now, Id trust NOAA over Iceagenow Lol I never even heard of that site before. I can assure you NOAA is way more reliable

        1. Barry in Zeeland says:

          He will use which ever site fits his agenda. Notice how he hasn’t been posting the noaa links lately? When it fits for him he posts it every day, several times a day.

      2. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

        I don’t trust NOAA’s long range forecasts. Remember how they failed last winter’s forecast and didn’t fare much better for their summer predictions. They will predict above average temps every time. I always laugh when I look at their 6-12 month leads. Nothing but above average temps for the entire country, including Alaska. Such a bias. I wish they would do a better job. Though, as stated, there is a big variance on the winter forecasts. For what it’s worth, Farmer’s Almanac (which happened to guess last winter correctly) is calling for more cold. We’ll see when we see.

        1. I do not trust NOAA long range predictions either. I was saying if I had to choose, id go with NOAA over a site that I am sure lots of people have never even heard of.

          And your reference to the Farmers Almanac, I have found that to be pretty close to what we see. I always enjoy buying the almanac to see how accurate it is, and it does a pretty good job.

      3. GunLakeDeb says:

        I suppose both forecasts could fit – if we have a warm beginning to winter, then have bitter cold in Feb/March? But I agree with others – a website called Ice Age sounds like they *might* have an agenda ;-)

    1. Sandy (Hudsonville) says:

      Two very different forecasts. I think I will wait for Bill’s. :)

  6. fixxxer says:

    Crap start to summer, crap end. Fitting!

    1. Sandy (Hudsonville) says:

      Can’t wait to hear what you say when we get our first snowflakes of the season.

      1. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

        For our sake, let’s hope those flakes aren’t in October :)

        1. Irish coffee says:

          Climatology would suggest that they will be in Oct….

  7. Yesterdays weather was absolutely perfect! could not ask for better. It is a little gloomy today, but can’t have a sunny day everyday. The 8 day forecast looks perfect for temps!

    Now only if we would keep those temps going through mid October..

  8. Bernie at the lakeshore says:

    Either one of those volcanos is capable of sending ash to the stratosphere. The global warming folks would be wise to learn how to grow food indoors.

    Ask yourself this question… “Do I have enough food to survive 5 years of global famine?” A single volcano eruption can cause a 5 year famine and there are many places in History this has happened. Do you have enough food to survive if you were snowed in for more than a month?

    What will you do if next summer is cooler than this summer? Warming means more food for everyone. Cooling causes crop failures and reduces yields. And the Earth is always a volcano eruption away from another ice age.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      I’m not saying it couldn’t be a worldwide catastrophe; but the “Year Without A Summer” (1816) was mostly a northern tragedy after Tambora erupted While there definitely was a famine – part of the starvation was due to the inability to import foods quickly, from other places. I guess I don’t feel the need to stockpile 5 years-worth of food, “just in case”. The Wiki article points out that a lot of New England farmers headed for the Heartland after their crops failed to grow due to repeated freezes during that summer.

  9. Irish coffee says:

    Shhhhhhhhh! Heidi Cullen et;al-Gore/M.I.Black will have your guys’ coronaries arrested for such blasphemous anti- AGW doublespeak!! Just because nearly ALL climate models were WRONG(too warm w/ predictions 15 yrs out), polar bears are thriving, global ice WAYYYYY higher than projected, bumper crop yields, below avg. intense hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, floods …and LOCUSTS, is certainly NO reason to get comfy— in fact BIg Bro should be carbon taxi-ing down the runway models of our winters’ discontent at this very moment! I dare say, all citizens- Kane, Johnson ,Smith etc should be heavily restricted & regulated …taxed and burdened to death to combat (unilaterally- sans China India Africa Russia) catastrophic climate change!! Just think- we , YES U.S here in America could AFFECT change on the global sphere/scale to the 1/10,000th degree!! and while such a difference would NOT be noticeable, we would.. FEEL BETTER! I would exempt folks like Al Gore, Babs Streisand, Michael Moore, Obama etc who should still be allowed to make capitalistic prophets all the while running heat/cooling simultaneously to several VERY large homes w/ all the carbon bells + whistles of expensive power toys/expensive fuel-intensive vacations ;)

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