Philippine Volcano Fires Ash 55,000 ft into the Sky — Direct Cooling Effect

At least 8,000 evacuated. All flights to and from from Manila’s international airport suspended.


A high-level stratospheric eruption was recorded at Taal Volcano today, January 12, 2020, the volcano’s first eruption since 1977.

The eruption propelled a thick column of ash to 55,000 ft (more than 10 miles, or 16.8 km) above sea level, according to the Tokyo Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC).

Taal volcano’s ash plume. Photo: Exec8 / CC BY-SA via Wikimedia Commons

The eruption also sparked volcanic lightning, an extremely rare phenomenon caused by highly-charged particles rubbing together in dense ash clouds.

The lightning flashes could be seen from the Philippines capital Manila, just 40 miles (65 km) north of the volcano.

“Ash has already reached Manila… it is dangerous to people if they inhale it,” said Renato Solidumhe, Head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

A direct cooling effect

An eruption of this size could have a direct affect on the climate, because particulates ejected to altitudes above 32,800 feet (10 km) –and into the stratosphere– often linger, where they have a direct cooling effect on the planet.

See amazing photos of the volcanic lightning:

High-Level Eruption at Taal Volcano, Philippines — Ash fired 55,000 ft (16.8 km) and into the Stratosphere — Direct Cooling Effect

Thanks to Laurel for these links

23 thoughts on “Philippine Volcano Fires Ash 55,000 ft into the Sky — Direct Cooling Effect”

  1. JANUARY 12, 2020.
    At least 17 killed as extreme cold sweeps across Afghanistan.
    KABUL (Reuters) – A severe cold snap killed at least 17 people in Afghanistan on Saturday, government officials said, as heavy snowfall and rain continued to lash parts of the country.
    Afghanistan is no stranger to extreme winter weather, during which various warring groups in the country have historically ceased hostilities, but this year has been particularly harsh, according to the country’s metrological department.

    The officials said the death toll could rise further, with Afghanistan’s Natural Disaster Management Authority still trying to compile a total figure.
    “We were not expecting such a bad cold wave in the country,” Tamim Azimi, a spokesman for the Natural Disaster Management team told Reuters.
    “We have received reports that heavy snowfall has caused casualties, but at the moment we don’t have information on the exact number,” he said.
    Saturday’s deaths bring the number of casualties from this year’s cold snap to at least 24, as temperatures in parts of the country dropped to minus 12 degrees Celsius (10 Fahrenheit).
    Heavy snowfall has closed many key roads since the New Year, including the Salang Tunnel connecting central Afghanistan with the north of the country, and the Kabul-Kandahar highway.

    Afghanistan’s western province of Herat has also been hit badly. On Saturday, heavy snow caused the roofs of two houses to collapse, killing at least eight people, including women and children, a spokesman for the province’s governor said.
    Other parts of the country have experienced heavy rainfall.
    “We’re now expecting more cold waves in the coming weeks,” said Mohammad Nasim Muradi, the head of the forecasting wing of the meteorological department.
    The United Nations had previously estimated that at least nine million Afghans are in need of humanitarian aid, including basic food and housing amid a drawn out war that has so far displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

  2. Quick Dick McDick, hope you’re readn’ this. You were always known as the chief ‘Crazy Canuk Ghost Buster” of ‘cano cappin’ in your day. This looks like the big one, a 55,000 footer “Death Star Level Volcano” with lighning even – Zuel Rules – yowser. We’re bringing Bill Murray and the old ‘busters” crew in on this one. Bill figures we’ll have to temporarily comandeer most of the thousands of geoengineering chemtrail tanker planes and convert them to water bombers to keep down the ash while we’re drillin’ and water cooling and cappin’ from both ends on this mother. The planes might be able to cap it from the top and we can go home early if we can ram enough water down her throat. So it’s 100% “drop your c**ks and grab yer socks” mode we’re in right now, pack yer bags and some vegan canola oil margarine, there’s a chopper on the way to gitcha. Don’t worry about your gear the world gubmint, Greta, AOC, the Pope, UN and even BB and Trump and… wait for it… Nancy… and even Kissinger the Queen and even Prince Andrew are teaming up – the whole world is going all in on this one. The one catch is we gotta go vegan all the way because we need to set the example for the whole world. No beef for us but there will be all the fake meat burgers and salad with vegan “ranch dressing” we can eat 24/7 guaranteed. We’ll brief you on the details on the way to the rig. Consider yourself deputized. I know it’s a bit of a shock but don’t start hyperventalating and getting your CO2 all out of whack. Remember hyperventilation occurs when the rate or tidal volume of breathing eliminates more carbon dioxide than the body can produce. This leads to hypocapnia, a reduced concentration of carbon dioxide dissolved in the blood. The body normally attempts to compensate for this homeostatically but if this fails or is overridden, the blood pH will rise, leading to respiratory alkalosis. The symptoms of respiratory alkalosis include: dizziness, tingling in the lips, hands or feet, headache, weakness, fainting and seizures. In extreme cases it may cause carpopedal spasms, a flapping and contraction of the hands and feet. Too little carbon dioxide causes two things to happen. First, there is vasoconstriction, the narrowing of the blood vessels, which chokes off a blood supply to the extremities of the body. But you knew all that.

    Quick, if we get this one, I’m betting you’ll likely get knighted or canola’d by the Grouch Grinch Prince/Princess depending on how lucky we get.
    How ever it goes the whole world will know we did our best to save the planet. Winston

  3. The last time Taal erupted was the year we moved back to Arkansas, Arkansas River froze over the winter of ’77-78. We were using chain saws and back-hoes breaking ice at ponds so the cattle and critters could drink.
    It snowed 7 Wednesdays in a row, by the time the 7th fell the first was still on the ground. It was down right cold that winter. We were tracking Elk this far south for several years as well.
    One can assume the multidecadal oscillation cycle has advanced 14-17 years early? Appears the MDO (AMO) may be stuck in ice for a lengthy period of time. BRRRR, it’s cold outside baby.

  4. From

    “…if the eruption didn’t already look menacing enough, several lightning strikes have been observed in the area. The lightning bolts were seen hitting the center of the ash column which is towering over the volcano.
    Netizen captured the moment a lightning hit near the Taal Volcano area as seen from Tagaytay City on Sunday.
    Video courtesy of Gevie Egera.

  5. Just last week in Mexico they had a eruption I think at 37,000 feet. A couple more in the next month or so may have some serious adverse effects into the Spring and Summer.

  6. A politician making sense? Whatever next?

    “If you are going to have a royal commission into it, throw bloody climate change out of the window and let’s look at the pure facts of why we have had the bushfires, how they were handled, what we can do better to stop it happening again, lowering the emissions as they are dead set on doing.

    “If you are going to charge people more tax, how on earth is that supposed to reduce the Earth’s temperatures? I would like to know.”

    She said people in pubs in small towns have told her the approach “is killing them” and they can’t afford a price hike for electricity.

    She also questioned climate change and global warming predictions for 50 to 100 years’ time when “they can’t even get my weather right and tell me it is going to rain” for the next week.

    “I think it’s a load of BS and making a lot of people rich over this.

    One thing about the Australian people, if you stir them up they give it to you straight.

  7. Taal Volcano.. the LAST time it erupted bigly was 43 years ago in 1977. This was when the sun was at Solar Minimum at the beginning of Solar Cycle 21, with no sunspot activity for 272 days. Today, we are approaching the LOWEST level of solar activity for 200 years…

    6,000 people who LIVE on the volcano, which sits in the middle of a large volcanic caldera (Yellow Lake) are being forced to evacuate. Manila to the North is already seeing ash fall.

    The worst scenario is that WHEN a full scale eruption occurs, a tsunami across the lake will wipe out the lakeshore towns.
    Lightning coming from ash clouds formed by the phreatic eruption of Taal Volcano strikes over Tagaytay Sunday evening as ash coats vehicles in the surroundin…

  8. Low sunspot activity also coincides with volcanic activity, right? Is it established as somehow causative or just empirical?

  9. Cooling only lasts one or two seasons with one volcano (see Mt Pinatubo and how that affected things)….but if ten separate incidents happened over a five year period, now that could seriously alter climate…..

  10. it could be really nasty if it went fullon kaboom as the island is the cone and the lake? is the caldera. and as seen in the NZ white island(people still dying slowly in hospitals) the mix of water and ejecta is nastier than a dry eruption
    the weather effects.. I must see where the wind patterns are
    if ash flows high then comes across to the nth of aus(possible) it would boost our rainy season for us, and we need all the water we ca get to recharge artesian and rivers etc.
    the cold part of the equation isnt so great but.. man proposes god/nature disposes;-)

  11. Why? Grand Solar Minimum.
    Polar magnetic poles are shifting. The real fun hasn’t even begun.
    What we see happening on the planet is a result from what’s going on in space/sun.

    Trump caused it! Impeach Trump.

  12. All these volcanos that are rumbling
    Are making my tummy go grumbling
    But all I hear is my mother mumbling
    As she shuffles around and is stumbling
    This volcano is exploding and world is crumbling

  13. About a year ago, scientists announced the planet was going through a period where its rotation slowed. Rotation speed isn’t constant. Sometimes the Earth turns faster, sometimes slower. When the planet rotation slows, the planet actually shrinks a bit in size.

    This causes the tectonic plates to smash together slightly and likely explains the earthquakes and volcanic activity, especially in the Pacific Ring of Fire region.

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