Posted by Ken on June 02, 1998 at 15:44:02:
In response to English Summer, 1816, written by Caroline on June 02, 1998 at 12:53:48
] I was teaching in England in 1980, when Mt St Helens blew her side out, and I went looking for awful weather and magnificent sunsets. Those that were not obscured by ground cloud and drizzle were not at all spectacular.
] I was in Southern Germany when Mt Pinutaubo (sp?) blew - Sunsets were not any more impressive either.
] I think what I'm saying here(apart from killing time in my lunch hour) is that the effect of volcanic activity on weather is as vague and unpredictable as any other distubance of the atmosphere, and that great care should be taken in linking the effects on one particular spot on the globe with those in another.
] Caroline, firm believer in both Chaos Theory and Gaia .
Whereas I found quite brilliant sunsets after both of these events, but did not notice much change in the weather. It is important to realize, though, that the 19th century eruptions put 10 or more times as much material in the atmosphere as these last 2. I haven't checked the newspapers for Karakatoa, but secondary accounts I've read of the eruption insist that the sunsets for the next 2 or 3 years were remarked upon for their color. Which is what you are going to see: lots and lots of red and orange. You;ll see the same if the day has been unusually dusty in your area, for that matter.
Snarkhunter, who knows chaos theory works, but thinks Gaia is a mixup of a self-regulating system with Life (-:
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