January 17, 2022

Tonga Weather

Timothy Birdnow

So, was it Global Warming that caused the big snows across the country?

Nope.

According to the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) lidar-based satellite, measuring the global distribution of ozone as a remote sensing method, it seems the Jan 15 eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai had a maximum column height of approx. 30km (98,425ft)–and so well into the stratosphere.

Aerosol plumes (tiny droplets of sulfuric acid, as well as fine ash particles) have been spreading out across vast stretches of the southern hemisphere, reports volcanodiscovery.com, exerting a cooling effect as they go. Aerosols shade sunlight and so reduce terrestrial temperatures. Particulates that reach the stratosphere can linger there for years or even decades at a time.

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1 The eruption of Mt. Pinatubo a few years ago produced enough atmospheric ash that the world's temperatures dropped a bit. This eruption may have the same effect. Of course, Greta Thunberg will have fits...

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at January 17, 2022 02:02 PM (FSK6u)

2 Yep. Aerosols do indeed reduce planetary temperatures.

It was the basis of the "global cooling" scare, I might add; industrial emissions dimming the sunlight and cooling the Earth. When that didn't happen they switched immediately to global warming. The same people promoted both. That should tell you how this is political and not scientific.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at January 19, 2022 09:11 AM (cMAT5)

3 That's why one should never trust a zealot.

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at January 19, 2022 11:24 PM (TisyG)

4 Exactly. But we do because the media does and that for political and not scientific reasons.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at January 20, 2022 09:51 AM (Av220)

5 I think that "we" are becoming smarter and rejecting the zealots. Dr. Fauci is only listened to by the Democrats. And it's pretty evident to intelligent people that (1) the earth is not warming significantly and (2) if it were, our efforts to combat it are laughably inept and doomed to failure.

With all this Climate Change foo-fraw, nobody (to my knowledge) has ever articulated what an ideal temperature would be, and why, except that they apparently want it to stay where it is. 

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at January 20, 2022 11:58 AM (Ys0s/)

6 Exactly; what is the ideal temperature? Seems to me the Jurassic was ideal, with jungles in Antarctica and Baffin Island. What we are living in now in the late Holocene is what is abnormal. We're just warming back up to a more ideal temperature, it seems to me.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at January 21, 2022 08:36 AM (PcPsH)

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