The Long Valley Caldera is experiencing a large seismic swarm. As magma moves through the earth, it displaces and fractures rock along the way. This movement causes earthquakes that can be recorded with seismometers at the surface of the earth. Seismic monitoring is the most used technique for volcano surveillance. Volcanic earthquakes often provide the initial sign of volcanic unrest. The last eruption at the volcano is said to have occurred 700,000 years ago and is long over-due. [...]
In case you didn’t know, there has been a sizable earthquake swarm in Long Valley. The last update I saw stated the current swarm had produced over 600 quakes. While most of these quakes have been small, a number of them have been in excess of magnitude 3.0. The USGS states that the quakes are currently tectonic in nature and that there is no sign of magma movement. [...]
I wanted to take a moment to expose what I believe to be deliberate deception when it comes to reporting of sea ice. The only thing news agencies will report is the sea ice area and extent in the Arctic. They will attempt to mislead you into believing ice is melting around the world due to climate change. Other sources will use tactics like claiming 2014 had the 6th lowest extent on record indicating a downward trend. Again this is an attempt to mislead you about the current situation. [...]
Barely 2 hours after a magnitude 5+ earthquake, there seems to be an unusual seismic reading at Bardarbunga. Can anyone explain this activity? This seems to coincide with a new feature showing up on aerial images. Check out the new opening just south and west of the main vent. Also, the continued subsidence has recently shifted direction. Is this all a sign that the system is getting ready to blow? [...]
I saw this stunning Bardarbunga aerial view posted on Airliners.net. I absolutely had to share this image. [...]
Overnight a magnitude 5.5 quakes strikes Bardarbunga. This was one of the largest quakes in Iceland’s history. Comes on the back of 18 magnitude 3.0+ earthquakes on Saturday. Ground subsidence continues at the same rate as before and the lava flow continues at a similar rate. Since midnight there have been four quakes with a magnitude of 4.0 or higher around the volcano. The risk of a massive eruption seems to be getting higher. [...]
As subsidence continues, I have to wonder what are the outside influences on the Bardarbunga caldera. How much additional downward pressure will come from ice and water sliding/running down into the new pit. I am not sure of the GPS unit’s proximity to the glacier. So I don’t know if the subsidence is close enough to allow ice or water to fill the giant pit. If it is close enough and water and ice is flowing inward, I would think the addition of the weight would just exacerbate the problem. Has something been set in motion here that cannot stop until the caldera fails? [...]
Record lows and widespread lows in the 20’s on Friday allowed some New England ski resorts to start snow making. While it does seem to be just an opportunity to break out the guns and give them a test, it could be a sign of things to come this winter. “Several locations from upstate New York to northern Maine set record lows this morning as an unusually early taste of cold weather clipped the region.” [...]
I don’t know if anything significant is about to happen, but there have been wild GPS readings at Bardarbunga over the last several hours. It is fluctuating as wildly as I’ve seen it yet. Is there something going on in Iceland? Is it stormy, window, or anything like that? I don’t know what would make the GPS start recording wild changes in the ground level. Here is a screenshot I grabbed showing the recent fluctuations. The light gray color shows momentary deviations. Red is a 30 minute average and blue is a 180 minute average. [...]
The Bardarbunga subsidence continues steadily. The rate of subsidence is approximately 0.5 meters every 36 hours. As of the time this post is being written, the subsidence for the last 24 hours was approximately 0.5 meters. Large quakes continue with a magnitude 5.1 quake occurring in the last hour or two. The longer the subsidence continues the more likely the caldera will collapse. Stay tuned for additional updates. [...]
The Bardarbunga eruption taking place in Iceland has been going on for weeks now. I was reading that at one point something like 200 cubic meters of magma was being release every second. The volcanic system has plenty of magma left to be released and now there is the potential danger of a massive explosion. Since the eruption started, the caldera has fallen over 80 feet. It is feared that the caldera will eventually collapse, glacier melt would make its way into the caldera, and we would see a massive explosion. This explosion could potentially be larger than any we’ve seen in modern times. [...]
I want to welcome everyone to the new ClimatePatrol.com. I am still working on the site and making changes/tweaks. I wanted everyone to be able to start using the features of this site while I finish moving content over from the old site. I have moved over all of the discussions and replies. If you were to browser the categories right now you would notice that you only see post titles and no excerpts. Unfortunately I have to go through one by one and manually add in excerpts. That will take time. I will likely work on those starting with the most recent posts and working backwards. There are over 5,000 to edit. [...]
A new version of the website is coming very soon. I’d love to say that I am working on upgrades to the forum software but I am not. I am moving the site to Wordpress. It will be easier to keep the site up to date. I am nearly done getting the layout to look the way I want it. Once I have finished the layout I will create accounts on the new site for people who have posted on the current site. The system will email temporary passwords. Hang on to those for when the site goes live. I will also be writing a script to import all the posts into the new site. That is going to be a bit of a project but hopefully it won’t take more than a week or two to complete. [...]
Record cold numbers are double and triple the amount of record warm temps.
Look at the Month to Date for the Monthly temp records.
Okay I know the heat is out west but people in my area have to be wondering what is going on. First we have the winter that never seems to end. And now we have a summer that really isn’t much of a summer. So far for the month of July we have had 10 days where high temps failed to reach 80 degrees. Of the other 11 days we hit 80-81 degrees 6 times. Of the 21 days in the month we have been below normal 19 days. The two days that finished above normal we were at 1 and 2 degrees above normal. So far this year we have had ZERO 90 degree days. It is possible we may hit 90 today but then a big cool down comes starting tomorrow. [...]