Here is a picture of my house I designed and built (literally, by hand, myself and family members) over the last 20 years, taken last week when the forest here was turning gold and red in the fall. It is still fall but now this is what it looks like:
It is still October. We had 5″ of snow which is no record, Lake Storm on October 13, 2006, was far, far more snow in Western New York. This was a ‘lake effect’ storm whereas the storm last night was a generalized snow storm, half a month later. Of course, getting snow before Halloween is always annoying and reminds us that Old Man Winter hasn’t been defeated by Global Warming. Not by a long shot.
SHEVELUCH VOLCANO (1000-27)
56°38’N, 161°19’E; Elevation 3,283 m, the dome elevation ~8,200 ft (~2,500 m)
AVIATION COLOR CODE IS ORANGE
Explosive-extrusive eruption of the volcano continues. Ash explosions up to 32,800 ft (10 km) ASL could occur at any time. Ongoing activity could affect international and low-flying aircraft.
Moderate seismic activity of the volcano continues. According to seismic data, probably ash plumes rose up to 26,200-34,400 ft (8.0-10.5 km) on October 13-18. All three seismic stations do not work by technical reasons from October 19 till present. According to visual data, hot avalanches were observing at the lava dome on October 13-16 and 20. Ash plumes from hot avalanches rose up to 19,700 ft (6.0 km) ASL on these days; strong fumarole activity was observing too. Ash plumes extending about 46.5 mi (75 km) to the eastern directions from the volcano were noted on October 14 and 16, at the satellite images. A big thermal anomaly was noting over the lava dome all week.
This volcano has been pumping out ash for several months. As it does this, we have more rain and snow and it has been raining and snowing a lot in our part of the planet. We are very affected by volcanism in both Iceland and Siberia/Alaska. I have been frantically preparing for winter this last several months based entirely on the knowledge that there is a fine veil of high atmospheric dust that will cause lower temperatures and more snow.
Here is the view at sunrise. And my poor puppy dog, Akamaru, has still only her summer coat so she had to wear her snow coat in order to do her ‘thing’ outdoors. She isn’t very happy about the sudden appearance of snow. True, she knows snow really well but this didn’t stop her from being unhappy.
One of the cats, Crockett, the youngest who only saw one winter so far (Fluff has seen 20 winters and shrugs them off, going to lay in the sunroom) followed me outdoors this morning. He carefully walked from one footprint to the next, meowing. He then followed me back inside.
The weather service didn’t predict a snow storm, just a dusting of snow in the mountains. Instead, the entire region got snowed up and this is no problem, thank goodness, since the sun is shining bravely and the snow is melting. This storm is just a kindly reminder that Winter is coming and it isn’t going to be all that warm at all and so we have to expect to be cold and this means making more CO2 burning energy to stay alive, no?
The difficulties of global warming is exactly this: to survive in the north, either we must have much more global warming or to survive in the north, we have to burn stuff to stay alive. Of course, I fully endorse technology that makes it more prudent with heating houses, my home has a very sophisticated solar natural heating design and if it is below zero, the sun rooms warm up the house very nicely. But we have not that many sunny days out here! It is often very cloudy.
So we burn stuff. I even burn coal. No one has figured out a system that avoids someone burning something, somewhere. If I used electrical heat, this would have to be generated somewhere, somehow, for example. Building sane houses in the north which has solar orientations instead of building these windows facing in random directions, would be a huge step forwards, for example.
As heating technology improves, it is very nice, too, but retrofitting is expensive and of course, I government loves things like CO2 derivatives markets but is helpless when it comes to simply giving us aid in upgrading systems. That is, I wish I had a full solar array! Don’t have it, can’t afford it and the government only gives money to the Big Guys who then screw up everything. I want solar arrays on every roof, not in huge, controlled concentrations far away.
This means, we pay for our solar arrays by paying the same amount we do for present electricity only…this pays off the solar array over time, making in free in less than 20 years! Imagine that! Well, it isn’t happening. And of course, now, the government will say, there is no money for this, we spent it all bailing out the bankers, bailing out the billionaires. Bah, humbug.
Winter will stop the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in the Northeast, of course. And the media owners and the billionaires will laugh. But then, spring will come, eventually. Faster than normal, if there is global warming, but even if it doesn’t come so fast, it will come and the explosion of anger next year will be, I am predicting with great honesty here, MUCH bigger than this fall. For there have been no fixes for anything. The fix is, screwing the lower classes even more. Some fix!
Pray for global warming! We can’t afford to heat our homes, otherwise. We shall freeze next year. Remember, Congress cut HEAP heating money for the poor in the north last year and the year before and now are probably going to eliminate it entirely. This is why global warming is life and death for those of us not living in warm places. Trust me on this.
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