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Grímsvötn Sulfur Dioxide Signature

Posted by feww on June 2, 2011

SO2 plume emitted during Grímsvötn brief eruption

The images and animation links below show the emission and transport of SO2 from Iceland’s Grímsvötn Volcano May 22 – 26, 2011. The images are based on measurements taken by the AIRS on NASA’s Aqua spacecraft and presented using GEOS-5 experimental model. Source: NASA-EO.


Plume on May 24, 2011


Plume as measured on May 23, 2011.  Click images to enlarge.

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Grímsvötn’s explosive eruption began at 17.30UTC on Saturday May 21 and lasted for just over a week.  The volcano paused at 7:00 UTC Saturday May 28, 2011.


Eruption cloud from Grímsvötn volcano at 22:00 UTC May 21st 2011 captured by Icelandic met Office Weather Radar located at Keflavik International Airport located about 220 km from the volcano. The eruption cloud covers a large section of Vatnajökull ice cap.


The onset of May 21 eruption in Grímsvötn. Photo credit: Ólafur Sigurjónsson, Forsæti III.
Source: Icelandic Met Office (IMO)


Eruption continued on May 24. Photo credit: Árni Sigurðsson/ via IMO.


This Icelandic feature (photo posted at IMO without a caption, presumably showing the crater after the eruption had stopped) was taken by Vilhjálmur S. Kjartansson. Source: IMO. Note: IMO images may be subject to copyright.

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Massachusetts Tornadoes Kill at least 4

Posted by feww on June 2, 2011

Deadly tornadoes spawned by extreme weather in western Massachusetts kill at least 4

Massachusetts Governor said one person was killed in Springfield (about 40 others were injured), two in Westfield and one in Brimfield, as he declared a state of emergency Wednesday evening and called for 1,000 National Guard to assist with cleanup.

The rare tornadoes left a trail of devastation across 24 towns, destroying roofs, damaging structure, uprooting trees and power lines.

At least 18 tornadoes were reported on Wednesday in Massachusetts, Kansas, Nebraska and California.


Tornado, Hail and Severe Weather Map for June 1 (Preliminary reports)

Some 364 severe weather reports received by SPC on June 1 included 17 tornado sightings in 4 states, as of posting.

A tornado watch is in effect in the Boston area until 11:00pm EDT June 1, with heavy showers and thunderstorms expected, NWS said, adding that the region was also under “threat of large hail and damaging wind.”


A child runs for cover  following a tornado touchdown in Springfield, Mass., Wednesday, June 1, 2011 (Photo Credit: Don Treeger/ via Springfield Republican)

GOES Eastern US SECTOR Infrared Image


Eastern Conus Sector (Infrared Channel)
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Click image to enlarge. Animate this image (download size: about 3.5 MB). Source: SSEC.

Flooding News

North Dakota, Nebraska rivers reaching long-standing record stage levels


US Flood Map. Source: NWS


The Lower Mississippi River was still swollen on June 1, 2011, when MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this false-color image. Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge. Download largest image (11 MB, JPEG)  


Weather Forecast Maps May 31 – June 2

Political Manipulation of Joplin Tornado Deaths Continue

Meanwhile, the Missouri Department of Public Safety, which has taken over the Joplin tornado deaths investigation, has once again diluted the fatality figures. The Department said on Wednesday that it had counted only 134 sets of human remains. “On Tuesday, the department reported that 146 sets of human remains, some from dismembered bodies, had been recovered.”

FIRE-EARTH believes that such heavy-handed political manipulation of the statistics by the government is a clear and desperate attempt to deny the human factor in the exponentially increasing impact of climate change by way of associating the worst disasters with the past.

However, looming Mega Disasters (forecasts are based on FIRE-EARTH and EDRO dynamic models) will shatter ALL historical records by such massive margins that the politicians could no longer fabricate or fiddle the stats.


Joplin Tornado Track. False-color Satellite image of the deadly EF-5 tornado track taken by ASTER on NASA’s Terra satellite on May 30, 2011. Click image to enlarge. Download largest image (2 MB, JPEG) 

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Update at 12:35UTC on June 2, 2011

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