Seven Volcanoes in six different countries all start erupting within hours of each other

On Saturday, November 23rd, seven volcanoes erupted within hours of one another in six different countries. The eruptions involved areas such as Japan, Guatemala, Mexico, Indonesia, Italy, and Vanautu in the Pacific.

In Japan, a volcano on Nishino-Shima Island erupted for the first time in 40 years. The eruption ultimately resulted in a new island in the Pacific.

Some 7,000 miles away, another eruption in Mexico. This particular eruption reached almost 2 miles high into the sky.

In Guatemala, Fire Mountain’s eruption was so massive, the explosion was felt by locals as far as 6 miles away.

In Vanuata in the Pacific, the Yasur Volcano had some weak explosions resulting the in ash affecting farm lands.

In Italy, the ashes were about 2 cm in size, covering the streets and vehicles. Although there were no evacuations, a highway was shutdown for close to 30 minutes. Mount Etna showed a spectacular display of lights which ultimately caused some flight cancellations. Also, the lava flow damaged the town of Zafferana.

In Indonesia, the country’s Mount Sinabung spewed ash cloud four miles high, causing the evacuation of 6,000 people. Scientists predict a major eruption still to come.

Lastly, also in Indonesia, Mount Merapi also erupted. There were no casualties reported.

View Some Footage and images of the eruptions found below:

Below you find Mount Sinabung ash cloud from the eruption in Indonesia



Mt. Yasur in Vanuata

Italy Mt. Etna Eruption

Kid writes most epic letter to weatherman

A fourth grader in Austin, Texas, became an Internet sensation when he wrote a letter to a local meteorologist. In the letter, he gives praise to the weatherman for coming to his class to teach them about meteorology. In the letter he wrote:

“Thank you for coming to your school and teaching us about weather. Some day when I become ultra-lord of the universe I will not make you a slave, you live in my 200 story castle where unicorn servants will feed you doughnuts off of their horns.”

Additionally, on the back of the letter, he featured an impressive drawing of a unicorn serving the weatherman doughnuts where the weatherman responds with a simple


View the photos below:



NOAA’s Winter Outlook

NOAA’s Annual Winter Outlook for the 2013-2014 season was announced on Thursday, November 21. Much of the country is expected to see equal chances of above or below average temperature and precipitation. Notable exceptions include warmer and drier conditions expected in the southern plains and southeastern states, and cooler and wetter conditions expected in the northern Rockies and northern plains. We will be
sure to come back to this seasonal outlook as the winter progresses and check on the accuracy of the forecast.


California Drought

“The west coast will see some desperately needed rainfall this week, but it could take several wet years in a row to ultimately bust the drought that has plagued California and other areas of the west. And odd trend at the end of the article shows that 2 of the past 10 Decembers following a dry October and November in San Francisco have been exceptionally wet. We’ll certainly hope for one of those wet Decembers in 2013 for both Northern and Southern California.”

This map shows the percent of average precipitation in California since January 1, 2013. There are a few isolated wet spots in the deserts (likely due to some locally heavy monsoonal thunderstorms during the summer), but the vast majority of the state has seen below 50% of normal precipitation. Much of the central coast has seen below 25% of normal precipitation. This can translate to a deficit of 10-20 inches of rainfall.