For those who exclude "natural causes" for climate change...

By: hcubed , 9:37 PM GMT on January 02, 2012

"...January 2, 2012- GERMANY -A sleeping super-volcano in Germany is showing worrying signs of waking up. It s lurking just 390 miles away underneath the tranquil Laacher See Lake near Bonn and is capable of ejecting billions of tons of magma. This monster erupts every 10 to 12,000 years and last went off 12,900 years ago, so it could blow at any time. The Laacher See volcano is similar in size to Mount Pinatubo, which caused a 0.5C drop in global temperatures when it erupted in 1991. It covered 620 square miles of land with ash and rocks and several small earthquakes in the region last year indicate that it could be awakening from its deep sleep. Experts believe that if it did go off, it could lead to widespread devastation, mass evacuations and even short-term global cooling from the resulting ash cloud blocking the Sun. The effect on the UK is hard to predict but it s possible that large parts of southern England could be covered ash. It's thought that the volcano is similar in size and power to Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines, which blew in 1991 and became the biggest eruption of the 20th century. It ejected 10 billion tons of magma, 20 billion tons of sulphur dioxide 16 cubic kilometres of ash and caused a 0.5C drop in global temperatures. Volcanologists believe that the Laacher See volcano is still active as carbon dioxide is bubbling up to the lake s surface, which indicates that the magma chamber below is degassing..."

So there's one way to cure global warming - let nature loose. Since GISS (the warmest of the temp records) is currently stating we're at a blistering .6 degrees above what they call "normal", a .5 degree drop could wipe out all that warming we've seen since the mid to late 70's.

There's a possibility that some of the temp charts could actually go BELOW "zero" - for example, HadCRU has us at a "warmish" .4 degrees above "zero". This one volcano could wipe that out.

Question is, then - if one volcano could theoretically wipe out 30-40 years of CAGW, how long will it take to recover? Will we get back up to the blistering .6 above by 2050?

Stick around, folks: the screaming is gonna get worse - much worse...

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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