Doyle Rice USA TODAY Published 12:50 p.m. UTC Jun 1, 2018 The month of May has been a nightmare for folks directly in the path of Kilauea's fury on Hawaii's Big Island, as the volcano has belched out tons of lava, noxious fumes and ash. But for everyone around the nation and the world who's been fascinated by the volcano's ferocity, it's also been a chance to learn about a variety of weird and obscure volcanic phenomena. Here's a short glossary of terms we've come across as the volcano continues to erupt. Magma vs. lava: Two names for the same thing, blobs of molten rock. When it's underground, it's called magma, and when it emerges above ground, it's known as lava. Vog: Vog, short for volcanic smog, is the haze formed by gas and fine particle emissions from volcanoes, according to the American Meteorological Society. Specifically, vog is produced when the noxious sulfur dioxide gas and other air pollutants from volcanoes react with oxygen, … [Read more...] about What in the world are vog, laze and Pele’s hair? A volcano glossary
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Better Than Average Fishing Opener Weather Data shows that 39 percent of Minnesota is abnormally dry, up from 4 percent last week. It's too dry from central Minnesota into the Red River Valley. The biggest, wettest storms have clipped southern Minnesota, but farmers and gardeners from St. Cloud to Crookston are starting to worry. Considering I could be tracking snow, lightning, hail and high water Fishing Opener weather looks better than average. In spite of an isolated shower over southern Minnesota Saturday, most of the weekend looks dry. Mom may temporarily overheat on Sunday as temperatures push into the mid-70s. Take good care of mom. Long-range models show a better chance of heavy showers and T-storms the weekend of May 19-20 up north. Hope we can avoid a drought. Fishing Opener Weather Details. It's almost here, the 2018 Minnesota Fishing Opener. Considering we had a blizzard in mid-April, I'm just happy it's not snowing - and there's open water on (most) lakes, although … [Read more...] about Heaviest Rain Stays South of MSP
Steam and gas rise from the Kilauea volcano’s summit crater Tuesday in Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. Geologists warned Wednesday that Kilauea could erupt explosively and send boulders, rocks and ash into the air around its summit in the coming weeks. (Jae C. Hong/AP) Among the many threats Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano poses — dangerous sulfur dioxide concentration, lava flowing through neighborhoods, boulders-turned-ballistic missiles — is acid rain, says the U.S. Geological Survey. But it’s not as bad as it sounds. It’s not going to “rain acid” on the Big Island. There wouldn’t be enough of it to do much more environmental harm than what occurs there on a daily basis (Kilauea has been erupting since 1983, after all). And it’s certainly not going to melt plants and burn your skin, says Daniel Jacob, professor of atmospheric chemistry at Harvard University. “Sulfur dioxide in surface air is not good for … [Read more...] about Harmful acid rain in Hawaii? Probably not. The clouds of sulfur dioxide are much worse.
At Least We Don't Get Hurricanes or Volcanoes The result: farmers are late getting into their fields, and ice-out dates are running a good 3 weeks later According to the Minnesota DNR ice is still on Mille Lacs, Pelican and Leech lakes. It's coming right down to the wire for Minnesota's Fishing Opener. Glimmers of comfortable sunshine today give way to another round of rain tonight into Friday, when daytime highs will hold in the 40s and 50s. A few showery stragglers spill into Friday night and Saturday over the southern half of Minnesota, but Sunday looks sunnier and drierstatewide, with highs near 70F. No flurries for The Opener this year. 80F is possible next Tuesday, when the next swarm of T-storms arrive. I'm not complaining. The Kilauea eruption in Hawaii is sparking quakes, lava flows, acid rain and "Vog", poisonous clouds of deadly sulfur dioxide. Suddenly Minnesota's cold fronts don't look quite so forbidding. Delayed Ice-Out. Most lakes are open for business, but … [Read more...] about Heaviest Rains Pass South of MSP Tonight
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Hawaii volcano: Acid rain will fall, but it won't be harmful — and 'vog' is in the forecast Acid rain is likely to fall from the skies in Hawaii over the next few days — but scientists say it won't be harmful and is far from the main volcano hazard residents should worry about. And vog, short for volcanic smog, is also likely to spread, meteorologists say. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Doyle Rice, USA TODAY Published 3:57 p.m. ET May 9, 2018 CLOSE Take a look inside the crater of an active volcano in Hawaii. USA TODAY CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL … [Read more...] about Hawaii volcano: Acid rain will fall, but it won’t be harmful — and ‘vog’ is in the forecast