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Volcanic eruptions driving prices higher

"Since late November,
Kizimen, Sheveluch, Karymsky, and Kliuchevskoi
have been erupting almost constantly.”

 

 

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Karymsky volcano rumbles away

28 Feb 11 - Violent eruptions along Russia’s volcano belt are affecting global weather patterns and prices to boot, says this article by Ben Aris. "Prepare to pay more for your flour and coal this year."

"Volcanoes on the country’s eastern seaboard of Kamchatka have been unusually active for the last six months," says Aris. "The dust they threw up diverted winds in the Arctic, pushing cold air over Europe and North America and causing the unusually cold winter, say scientists."

"This string of volcanoes, 29 of which are active, could cause more problems this year, depressing harvests around the globe just as food prices soar, and culminating in a second freezing winter.

"The eruptions have come at the worst possible time. The Pacific Ocean has already been cooled by the “La Niņa” ocean/atmosphere phenomenon, which is particularly severe this year. At the same time the Atlantic Ocean is warmer than usual.

"Erste Bank said the combination of these factors means the weather forecast for the first quarter of 2011 is extreme, and will hit both the agricultural and mining sectors, sending spiking prices up even faster.

"According to US climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss’s acclaimed Browning Newsletter: “Kamchatka tends to be active but recently it has been ridiculous! Since late November, Kizimen, Sheveluch, Karymsky, and Kliuchevskoi have been erupting almost constantly.”

"Volcanic ash screens out the sun, cooling the air below. This lowers air pressures, which changes wind patterns, especially in the Arctic. And, “the cold air normally trapped around the North Pole surges south”. The upshot has been some bizarre weather. The UK was colder than Russia on Christmas Day and New York was under heavy snow, while Moscow had icy rain as temperatures hovered around zero."

      This online supplement was produced and published by
      Rossiyskaya Gazeta (Russia), which takes sole responsibility
      for the content.

See entire scary article:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/russianow/business/8348504/Volcano-eruptions-cause-prices-to-rise.html
Thanks to Charles Patrick for this link

 

Comments

Robert,

I am following your site daily, as usual. However something does not seem right about the article on the Russian volcanoes. This statement "Volcanic ash screens out the sun, cooling the air below. This lowers air pressures, which changes wind patterns, especially in the Arctic" seems strange. Cold air is usually a high pressure area. It is an aria of subsidence which the Coriolis Effect traps in a slow clockwise turning pool of air. Warm air would cause low pressure.

Then the writer moves to talk about the weather in the southern hemisphere, however it seem unlikely that far north mild volcanoes effects would be felt in the far southern hemisphere especially in the first few months of eruptive activities. If the conclusions of the article are accurate, then the explanation must must just be sloppy. I know that we "Deniers" are being watched. I would hate to give them more ammunition!

Thank you for your tireless efforts to enable mankind to face the probable cooling in a rational way, hopefully blunting the possible disastrous nutritional, political and other affects.

Bruce Farrington
 

 



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