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All Clear in the Stratosphere

Earth’s stratosphere is as clear as it’s been in more than 50 years. University of Colorado climate scientist Richard Keen knows this because he’s been watching lunar eclipses. “Since 1996, lunar eclipses have been bright, which means the stratosphere is relatively clear of volcanic aerosols. This is the longest period with a clear stratosphere since before 1960.” Consider the following comparison of a lunar eclipse observed in 1992 after the Philippine volcano Pinatubo spewed millions of tons of gas and ash into the atmosphere vs. an “all-clear” eclipse in 2003:

Read the rest (from shortly before the lunar eclipse of 12/21/12) at


  1. Paul Marks says:

    Agreed – we are due for a major increase in volcanic activity.

    If not in Japan – then elsewhere.

    Happy New Year everyone.

  2. RAB says:

    So if I’ve got this right, the Stratosphere is pretty clear, thus letting in more warming from the Sun not reflecting it back, and we evil polluters are chucking up twice as much CO2 as we did yesterday, yet the Planet has shown no significant warming for the last 19 years. Hmmm… Gore, Monbiot and Porritt to the Principal’s Office immediately!

  3. Mr Ed says:

    Geological time and forces make us puny fleas on a massive elephant, and randomness is fickle, nothing big might happen in eruptions for a lifetime. But if it did happen tomorow, and global cooling loomed, would the Warmists shriek for CO2 and CH4 emissions to counter the cooling, slashing ‘carbon’ taxes, and even for fuel subsidies? Punching a hole in the Ozone layer to let in UZ light?

    Or would they have some other plans?

  4. Mr Ed says:

    ‘Z’ should be ‘V’, sorry.

  5. Julie near Chicago says:

    VftS, that’s a very interesting article from the Chiefio. Thanks for the link.

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