Once the ash cloud hits the upper atmosphere, start watching for some glorious sunsets!
Every once in awhile The Good Lord (and I am not taking about Obama) thumbs His nose at humanity, and proves in some rather strange way that He doth indeed harbor a sense of humor. While nothing humorous is going on with the current volcanic upset in Iceland, it does prove that His power is far greater than man’s. There is a wonderful irony here, rather like one of those Ten Commandments moments, a note to Al Gore, sort of a, “Umm, big guy, I’M THE ONE in charge!”
(FYI – some of the best coverage is from Eruptions)
Icelandic Volcanoes have been known to cause a few problems, but global warming does not cause them, as some of the useless idiots have proposed. The fear is that there could now literally be a chain eruption of other Icelandic volcanoes.
“...”July 1783 is the equal warmest month in 300 years of records for the UK. Because of the ash the sun shone from a white sky – it must have felt like the apocalypse.” It was only in the autumn that the fog finally lifted. But soon an even worse problem was on the way – the most severe winter for 250 years, caused by the build-up of heat absorbing sulphur dioxide in the stratosphere. But nowhere suffered more than Iceland. It was not the eruption itself that proved deadly but the environmental consequences, says Gunnar Gudmundsson, a geophysicist at the Icelandic Meteorological Office. “People died not because of the eruption, but because of starvation,” he says. “The farm animals died, the crops died – it affected the whole country.”…”
Please, ignore The Pink Flamingo as I enjoy watching man made climate change advocates explain THIS!
So now air traffic is snagged throughout the world.
“…Space Weather reports that one of the largest solar prominences in years erupted from the sun’s northwestern limb yesterday, April 13. “The massive plasma-filled structure rose up and burst during a ~2 hour period around 0900 UT on April 13th.” Observers in Europe had the best view, and this photo was shot by Jo Dahlmans of Ulestraten, Netherlands, using his Coronado Personal Solar Telescope. “The eruption hurled a bright coronal mass ejection (CME, movie) into space. The expanding cloud could deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field around April 15th. NOAA forecasters estimate a 35% chance of polar geomagnetic activity when the CME arrives.”…”
The Pink Flamingo is constantly amazed at those individuals who think climate change is a human created thing. Yes, humans do contribute to micro-climate problems. It would be foolish to ignore the effects of pollution in Victorian England.
“...In 1783, a poison cloud from the eruption of Iceland’s Laki volcano killed thousands of people across Europe and undermined farm output by spewing an estimated 120 million tons of sulfur dioxide into the air, said Colin Macpherson, a geologist at the University of Durham in England. That amount of sulfur dioxide was three times European industrial output in 2006.
In 1815, the Tambora volcano eruption in Indonesia killed an estimated 92,000 people, and its ashes swept all the way to Europe, blanketing the continent and turning 1816 into a “year without summer.”
In 1883, Krakatoa erupted in Indonesia killing 36,000 and created vivid red twilights in Europe from November
1883 through February 1884 — a fact reflected by painters of the period.
The 1980 Mount St. Helens volcano eruption in Washington state, in which 57 people died, created a cloud of ash 2,500 miles long and 1,000 miles wide.
England is going to be hit by something akin to a little ice age.
“…BRACE yourself for more winters like the last one, northern Europe. Freezing conditions could become more likely: winter temperatures may even plummet to depths last seen at the end of the 17th century, a time known as the Little Ice Age. That’s the message from a new study that identifies a compelling link between solar activity and winter temperatures in northern Europe….”
You add the Eyjafjallajokull volcano to the solar mix and Europe could be dealing with a climate disaster – which is NOT man made.
Those who think humans are responsible for climate change on a global basis (nuclear war set aside) are the same fools who believed that the early native American culture was pure and cherished the environment and eco-systems.
Man made climate change?
“…Thorsteinn Jonsson of the Iceland Meteorological Office said one eruption about 100 years ago lasted for a whole year and the latest one could be the same, while adding: “It could also stop in two or three weeks, like a few other similar eruptions have.” Kjetil Toerseth, who heads up the regional and global pollution division at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research, agreed. “Historically, most eruptions (in Iceland) don’t last forever,” he told AFP. “This one had a very slow start and had a stronger eruption and I would assume that in the days to come it would fall back to a lower level,” he said, stressing that he was not a geologist. Last month, the first eruption at the Eyjafjallajokull glacier forced 600 people from their homes in the same area. That eruption, the first under that glacier since 1823 and Iceland’s first since 2004, gushed lava for more than three weeks and ended Tuesday, hours before the second one occurred. The eruption in March “was an effusive one. It was just lava flow and beautiful to watch, and steady,” volcanologist Hoeskuldsson said. “This one is explosive, spewing ash and practically impossible to watch … since it’s in the ice and you can’t approach it … It’s heavily dangerous,” he explained….”
Global temperature is linked to a number of things, primarily the sun.
Now, let’s start connecting the dots the way some of us who have been watching this man made climate change thingie have been doing for ages. The Pink Flamingo has been parroting the more learned for years mentioning that one little geological event and an inactive sun is a RECIPE FOR DISASTER!
Please, read this carefully. Connect the dots with the current solar and climactic trends in Europe. So far, we have no real cause for concern because the ash cloud was not high enough or large enough, not like Mt. Pinatubo.
“…As well as becoming more frequent, eruptions seem to get more intense during the high-activity phases. A number of Iceland’s most devastating eruptions – including that of the volcano Laki in 1783 that killed over half of Iceland’s livestock and led to a famine that wiped out about a quarter of the human population – have occurred when the Atlantic rift system has been active. “If we are entering a more active phase, these bigger eruptions will become more likely,” says Thordarson.
Judging by recent volcanic and earthquake activity, Thordarson and his colleagues believe that Iceland is entering its next active phase and estimate it will last for 60 years or so, peaking between 2030 and 2040….”
“...On 8 June, 1783, the young country of Iceland – inhabited for less than 1,000 years – had a population of 50,000. In the coming years, as a result of what began that Sunday morning at 9am, 10,000 of those people would die. The Laki eruption is the worst catastrophe in the country’s relatively short history. Laki is a volcanic system in the same south-eastern part of Iceland where this week’s eruption took place. But that’s where the similarities end.
Back in 1783 it was ripped open with such force that a huge fissure produced scores of boiling craters. Over the next eight months the Lakagigar – literally “craters of Laki” – spewed 600 square kilometres of boiling lava into the surrounding countryside and belched more toxic gases than any eruption in the last 150 years. The effects were felt all over the northern hemisphere.
It is the second greatest eruption of the last 1,000 years, behind only the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia, says Stephen Self, visiting professor of volcanology at the Open University. Laki’s output of sulphur dioxide dwarfs the 1990 eruption of Pinatubo in the Philipinnes, which is famous for halting global warming for several years. While that eruption produced 17 mega tonnes of sulphur dioxide, Laki was pumping the same amount out every three days at its peak, says Self. He estimates Laki’s power was over 100 times greater than the current eruption. “The 1783 eruption pumped out so much sulphur gas, creating a huge cloud of sulphuric acid droplets which began to drift over Europe travelling eastwards over the whole world,” he says….”