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  1. Nice cool damp morning, with 0.33" in the rain gauge this morning. Hot coffee on the front porch enjoying the cool dampness. It been a while. ☕️
  2. It would have to be a pretty catastrophic eruption to do much to global climate overall. A basaltic andesite volcano is slightly less likely to produce the high ash clouds in the kind of volume needed to effect climate. There is always a fair bit of uncertainty with these things so who knows? Still a really large eruption is never likely overall, thankfully those tend to be rare.
  3. GA, mandatory evac. all counties East of I-95, SC evac. is voluntary now, likely mandatory 10AM Saturday for coastal counties. Colleges on the coast closing now, asking students to go home.
  4. SC has declared a state of of Emergency. Reports of local grocery stores running out of bottled water. I am buying extra batteries, and getting propane today to beat any rush from an evacuation etc. If they evacuate Charleston the traffic around Columbia will be epic. http://www.wistv.com/story/36301422/gov-henry-mcmaster-declares-state-of-emergency-ahead-of-potential-irma-landfall
  5. 1.93" in the rain gauge this morning. Two heavy storms with nice down pours.
  6. If it wasn't dry as a bone around here I would have to say that is almost too much of a good thing. 4" of rain a fair bit of rain but the ground here is really dry and should soak it up like a sponge. Fingers crossed it work out.
  7. Congratulations! You will son have a ready made excuse to buy all the cool nerf weapons and other boys toys your heart desires.
  8. Damn!
  9. 1.85" in the rain gauge Monday morning, 0.48 this morning for a grand total 2.33" with a light mist falling in Chapin SC, nearly dead center of the SC drought map. Didn't get as much as some but not too shabby.
  10. Micro-quakes like the one you are describing are perfectly normal, but random in occurrence. So an up tick in activity doesn't mean anything and I can 100% guarantee it is NOT due to drought. The US east coast lithosphere is a relatively cold, and brittle compared to the west coast so tiny quakes are more easily felt. No big deal really. As far as large events, there are a few places with active magma chambers like Yellowstone in the US. Long Valley California is one of them, Cascade range in OR and WA. Anyway, earthquake activity varies from year to year in Yellowstone with some years pretty quiet and other more active. Chance of a large eruption appears very low. It kind of like it could happen tomorrow or not for hundreds or thousands of years. Again I wouldn't worry about it. Finally, world wide earthquake activity isn't increasing but fits well into the historical range of activity. What has changed is our reporting of earthquakes etc, They make good news/entertainment value so we here more about it. Also there may be more activity around places with better media coverage but that is again part of the random nature to these events. Over time the activity may just happen to occur a bit more often in places with less media coverage, although those places are becoming fewer as global media expands. Cheers,
  11. Thank you! Just what I needed to find out.
  12. Dropping out of Lurker-Mode for a change to get any advice about advising HS students who are interested in weather & forecasting as a career. I teach HS physics and I get students who show a lot of interest in metrology but I have no idea how best to advise them on what is going on, what colleges to look into, and what the career prospects are like. So if anybody here has advice or resources, etc. please reply. Jpbart, Columbia SC