Category Archives: Volcanoes

Bárðarbunga volcano getting ready to blow? 1000 Earthquakes felt as magma moves into ice covered caldera

From the Icelandic Meteorological Office: A summary of seismic activity, written Tuesday evening 19th August 2014 at 20:00 Around 1.000 small earthquakes were detected in the Bárðarbunga region from midnight (18/19) until Tuesday evening 19th August at 20:00. All of … Continue reading

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Earthquake swarm in Iceland raises threat level on Bárðarbunga volcano

Readers may recall that the Grímsvötn volcano caused quite an overwrought mess with air travel in 2011 when it erupted. FergalR writes in WUWT Tips and Notes about the nearby  Bárðarbunga volcano becoming seismically active: A large sub-glacial volcano in … Continue reading

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Study: Large volcanic eruptions cause drought in eastern China

Via AGU, and the “science is settled” department, once again we learn things we didn’t know about climate. In most cases, the annual East Asian Monsoon brings heavy rains and widespread flooding to southeast China and drought conditions to the … Continue reading

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Large Volcanic Eruption in Indonesia – This year’s excuse for ‘the pause’?

Eric Worrall writes: The volcano Mount Sangeang Api in the Lesser Sunda Islands has just erupted, sending a huge ash cloud 12 miles into the air. Wikipedia describes Sangeang Api as a volcano complex with 2 active cones, Doro Api … Continue reading

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New WUWT ENSO Forecast Page, Underwater Upgrades to the WUWT ENSO Page and a Disturbance in the Equatorial Atlantic

Guest Post by Just The Facts Introducing the new WUWT ENSO Forecast Page with an array of low skill forecasts… There are also several upgrades to the WUWT ENSO page, including new Sea Temperature Anomalies at depths. Lastly, WUWT reader … Continue reading

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Subaqueous volcanism: ocean vents and faulty climate models

WUWT reader Pethefin writes: Finally someone addresses the really big elephant in the room: the ocean vents and their role in climate modelling: I covered this possibility in a previous post:  Do underwater volcanoes have an effect on ENSO? and I … Continue reading

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Satellite captures five volcanoes erupting at once on the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula

Remote. Cold. Rugged. Those three adjectives capture the essence of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. Another word—perhaps more applicable than anywhere else on Earth—is “fiery.” Of the roughly 1,550 volcanoes that have erupted in the recent geologic past, 113 are found on … Continue reading

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Volcano Activity, Temperature and Response Times:

Guest essay by Neil Catto In view of the possible reasons for the 17-20 year global temperature plateau and further to Willis’ post a couple of weeks ago “Volcanoes Erupt Again”, I have been working on the same subject from … Continue reading

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Volcanoes Erupt Again

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I see that Susan Solomon and her climate police have rounded up the usual suspects, which in this case are volcanic eruptions, in their desperation to explain the so-called “pause” in global warming that’s stretching … Continue reading

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Another thing more worrying than global warming aka ‘climate change’

Volcanoes, including Mount Hood in the US, can quickly become active Magma stored for thousands of years can erupt in as little as two months New research results suggest that magma sitting 4-5 kilometers beneath the surface of Oregon’s Mount … Continue reading

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Study: Volcanoes contribute to recent warming ‘hiatus’

Researchers find models must account for volcanic eruptions to accurately predict climate change. From:MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change By the late 1990s, scientists had observed more than two decades of rapid global warming, and … Continue reading

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First time in 20 years – more daily record lows than daily highs that were either tied or set in 2013

2013 was a cool year in many ways. Most interestingly, the last year this split between highs and lows happened in the USA, in 1993, we had the eruption from Mt. Pinatubo the prior year which ejected so much aerosol … Continue reading

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Volcano discovered smoldering under a kilometer of ice in West Antarctica

From the Washington University in St. Louis Its heat may increase the rate of ice loss from one of the continent’s major ice streams It wasn’t what they were looking for but that only made the discovery all the more … Continue reading

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Another known unknown – volcanic outgassing of CO2

It seems there’s really no complete measurements on how much CO2 is coming out of volcanoes, both active and inactive. From Livescience: Long Invisible, Research Shows Volcanic CO2 Levels Are Staggering (Op-Ed) … In 1992, it was thought that volcanic … Continue reading

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Scientists confirm existence of largest single volcano on Earth – Massive underwater volcano rivals biggest in solar system

From the National Science Foundation newsroom: September 6, 2013 The summer blockbuster movie Pacific Rim told a fanciful tale of giant monsters rising from the deep in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Now, scientists have confirmed that the northwest … Continue reading

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Hot times near Svalbard – Volcanic range discovered

Jorge of Norway writes: Researchers have found a 1,500 km volcanic mountain chain hidden off the coast of Svalbard, which could soon break the surface to form a new island chain.

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1815, 1816 and 1817; A POLAR PUZZLE

An attempt to stimulate discussion about the causes of an unexpected event which occurred after the huge eruption of Tambora Volcano in 1815 Guest Essay by Caleb Shaw Volcanoes cause cooling, right?  No. Having got your attention, I would like … Continue reading

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Volcanoes: Active, Inactive, and Retroactive

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Anthony put up a post titled “Why the new Otto et al climate sensitivity paper is important – it’s a sea change for some IPCC authors” The paper in question is “Energy budget constraints on … Continue reading

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Aerosols from Moderate Volcanos Now Blamed for Global Warming Hiatus

While looking for quotes on an upcoming post about Ocean Heat Content, I ran across the press release for a new paper (in press) by Neely et al, which blames the recent slowdown in global warming on smaller more moderate … Continue reading

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Study: plate tectonics modulates volcanic activity, which in turn modulates climate forcings

From Rice University comes this study that tries to equate an analog circuit component onto a climate forcing component. It is an interesting approach. The idea that plate tectonics serves to modulate episodic volcanic activity also makes sense. Volcano location … Continue reading

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A link between climate, ice melt, and volcanic eruptions is found

When the ice melts, the Earth spews fire GEOMAR researchers discover a link between climate and volcanic eruptions It has long been known that volcanic activity can cause short-term variations in climate. Now, researchers at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for … Continue reading

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New paper cuts recent anthropogenic warming trend in half

Tamino (aka Grant Foster) will have his knickers in a twist over this one. Guest post by Marcel Crok (from his blog De staat van het klimaat) An interesting new paper (behind paywall) has been accepted for publication in the Journal … Continue reading

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Volcanic Corroboration

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Back in 2010, I wrote a post called “Prediction is hard, especially of the future“. It turned out to be the first of a series of posts that I ended up writing on the inability … Continue reading

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BEST, Volcanoes and Climate Sensitivity

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I’ve argued in a variety of posts that the usual canonical estimate of climate sensitivity, which is 3°C of warming for a doubling of CO2, is an order of magnitude too large. Today, at the … Continue reading

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Surprise volcanic eruption in New Zealand

The eruption had been “really unexpected”. “You can measure and monitor but sometimes mother nature will do her own thing.” Yeah, like climate. From (h/t to reader Dr K.A. Rodgers) Mt Tongariro has erupted, with ash fall closing roads … Continue reading

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New Data, Old Claims About Volcanoes

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Richard Muller and the good folks over at the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project have released their temperature analysis back to 1750, and are making their usual unsupportable claims. I don’t mean his risible statements … Continue reading

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13th century volcano mystery eruption may be solved

From ScienceNews: Indonesia implicated as location of biggest eruption in last seven millennia By Alexandra Witze SELFOSS, Iceland — One of the biggest mysteries in volcanology may finally have a solution. An eruption long thought to have gone off in … Continue reading

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Strange bacteria found on South American volcanoes

From the University of Colorado at Boulder, proof that life can inhabit just about anywhere. CU-Boulder-led team finds microbes in extreme environment on South American volcanoes A team led by the University of Colorado Boulder looking for organisms that eke … Continue reading

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Missing the Missing Summer

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Since I was a kid I’ve been reading stories about “The Year Without A Summer”. This was the summer of 1816, one year after the great eruption of the Tambora volcano in Indonesia. The Tambora … Continue reading

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Dronning Maud Meets the Little Ice Age

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I have to learn to keep my blood pressure down … this new paper, “Abrupt onset of the Little Ice Age triggered by volcanism and sustained by sea-ice/ocean feedbacks“, hereinafter M2012, has me shaking my head. … Continue reading

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