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Mount Ulawun erupts to 50,000 feet in Papua New Guinea–implications for climate in Southeast

Today Mount Ulawun erupted in an explosive eruption that sent ash well over 50,000 feet in Papua, New Guinea. You can read more about the eruption at MSN at This is likely to have important consequences for the climate of the Southeast in the next few years, since strong…
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How far away was that lightning?

Now that we are back in a rainier pattern with more frequent showers and thunderstorms, it’s time for a refresher about how to determine how far away a lightning strike is. Contrary to some people’s views, when you see lightning strike and then count the number of seconds until you…
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