The Kilauea volcano eruption is changing the climate in Hawaii


The collateral damage suffered by the island of Hawaii after the severe eruptions of the Kilauea volcano have begun to be increasingly evident. With the passage of time and almost a month after the first eruption, American geologists were able to verify that the climate in the area is changing.

These variations in temperatures produce a class of clouds called “fire”, which are related to the emission of hot air called Pyrocumulus.

Like ordinary environmental clusters, these clouds form storms, reported the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

These climatic modifications come from the dense columns of very hot air that forms long tubes and that go to an area where they converge with the atmosphere to condescend the hot air with the masses of cold air and from there the clouds turn into storms.

These clouds of fire that have the ability to become unstable and cause electrical storms, are also formed by the high level of heat generated by the lava of the volcano, which is estimated to have a temperature of 1,170 ° C (2,138 ° F).

According to the USGS, in the most dangerous areas the lava can reach heights of 196 feet. The agency also reported that the wind has collected strands of volcanic glass called hair of Pelé (Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes) that combined with other climatic ingredients, helping the clouds to form and rise to about 19,685 feet in height.

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However, fateful as it may seem, the scientific community has tried to reassure the population by ensuring that the rains caused by these clouds are not toxic, since they do not contain volcanic ash.

Meteorologists have also clarified that they should not be confused with thunderstorms that result from volcanic smoke plumes even though they also have the ability to cause lightning like atmospheric storms that we all know.

Shakes Gilles

Editor of The Talking Democrat. He enjoys bike riding, kayaking and playing soccer. On a slow weekend, you'll find him with a book by the lake.