By John Miller
Monday the 27th of November, 2017
Mount Agung has blown, but how will that affect YOUR holiday, fat decadent Western tourist? Only 40,000 have evacuated of the 100,000 told to, and now the planes won’t be going anywhere for a little while.
Denpasar airport is closed until at least Tuesday morning, and many flights to and from Lombok on the adjacent island have also been cancelled. With dozens of flights grounded, thousands of tourists are stranded.
Volcanic ash consists mostly of sharp-edged, hard glass particles and pulverized rock. It is very abrasive and has a melting temperature below the operating temperature of modern turbine engines at cruise thrust.
Likewise the volcanic ash cloud contains a gaseous solution of sulphur dioxide, which when combined with water creates sulphuric acid, and chlorine, which when combined with water creates hydrochloric acid, as well as other chemicals corrosive to the airframe and hazardous to health.
Thus, aircraft should generally avoid volcanic ash encounters. When it was last tried in 1982, a Boeing 747 flew through a plume of volcanic ash over Indonesia, and all four engines shut down at 37,000 feet.
The Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre has issued a red alert warning of continuous volcanic ash to 30,000 feet. Volcanic ash has also dusted the ground at Denpasar airport.
And it’s not just the Balifags who are endangered. The fastest track between Singapore and KL to Sydney goes directly through the ash plume.
Mount Agung on the east of the island has been threatening to blow since September. When it came, it was on the scale of Mt Saint Helens. Lucky for the 60,000 gawkers that remained to sticky-beak it wasn’t another Krakatoa, the 1883 Indonesian volcano which gave us the most violent eruption in modern history. That time 36,000 died.
It’s the middle of the night in Bali now, and no reports of mass fatalities yet.
Prayers that everybody on Bali will stay safe. The most likely local effect will be the same as the Mt St Helens explosion, when the plume turned day to night. In Washington the temperature remained virtually constant for over 12 hours.
The thick volcanic cloud acts as a very effective blanket. Solar radiation can’t get in, infrared radiation can’t get out. The volcanic cloud, like all clouds, reduced the amount of infrared cooling. We cool at night because the earth radiates infrared radiation day and night, and at night there is no warming from the sun.
The cloud itself causes temperatures to be warmer than they would be otherwise, so Bali is probably sweltering right now. In western Montana at 5am the next day after the Mt St Helens explosion it was 8-12 degrees (C) warmer than normal for that time.
The weather effects of the Mt. St. Helen’s dust cloud had limited climatic effects due to the effluent from the volcano having relatively little sulfur content. Injecting this gas into the stratosphere is the main way to produce long-lived volcanic hazes that spread around the planet, and cool the lower atmosphere for a few years.
But not Mount Agung. HERE COME DAT SULFUR!!!
Global climatefags predict a drop in global temperatures of between 0.1 and 0.4 degrees Celsius.
So European rivers will freeze over, and expect a return of the wolves, as the millions of tonnes of Sulfur droplets that are forming right now and accumulating in the Earth’s stratosphere form a cooling haze.
This haze acts as a barrier to reduce the amount of UV rays that make it from the Sun to the Earth’s surface. Wah stop digging coal. Still can’t escape the wrath of God.
In 1815, the eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia had a huge effect on global temperatures.
1815 was known in Northern Europe and northeast America as The Year Without Summer, when God directly intervened in the Napoleonic Wars to terrorise Napoleon and his Godless heathen army of Jacobin scum, who were petrified of Winter Chan after she froze half a million of them to death for going to Moscow and bothering the Tsar and this family.
Thus the Brits and the Prussians were finally able to take Napolean and his Antichrist forces apart at Waterloo, while the French cried like little babbies about the lack of summer wine.
Have we even dug enough coal to survive oncoming Winter Chan, who will surely freeze the Northern Hemisphere mercilessly now? LOL who cares. I’m more concerned about what effect this will have on my summer.
The sulphuric acid haze will persist in the stratosphere for a few years though, before eventually the droplets come back to Earth. I may have to wear trackie pants this Winter yet!
Spare me, Winter Chan!!!
Full disclosure: John Miller’s IRL name is Frank Faulkner. I’m an Aussie and when I’m not obsessing about Conservative politics or defending Trump I also enjoy various sports and Christian activities.