Cool summer?

An aerial view of the latest Icelandic volcano, Grimsvotn, to go boom. Such high-latitude eruptions, when they send particles into the stratosphere can be depended upon to affect weather for months, and sometimes years. Photo credit: Egill Adalsteinsson / EPA

Grimsvotn volcano, in Iceland, has erupted. As Joe D’Aleo and others have pointed out, a high-latitude volcanic eruption can be enough to produce a cool summer, and, sometimes, a vicious winter to boot. Whether enough sulfates have reached sufficient altitude this go around to dim the Sun and cool the coming summer in the Northern Hemisphere remains to be seen.

There was a time when people witnessed such natural phenomena with a sense of wonder and curiosity, although now, per standard operating procedure in the mainstream media, anything of such a scale is labeled “extreme,” “unprecedented,” and “unnatural,” even though the opposite is true.

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About Harold Ambler

I am a lifelong environmentalist. I started my journalism career at The New Yorker, where I worked as a copy editor. Since then, my own work has appeared in The New York Daily News, The National Review Online, The Atlantic Wire, The Huffington Post, The Berkeley Daily Planet, The Providence Journal, Brown Alumni Monthly, The Narragansett Times, Rhode Island Monthly, and Providence Business News.
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