Posts Tagged ‘dirty thunderstorm’

“Dirty Thunderstorm” is My New Nom de Plume

May 7, 2008

The above picture is of Chaitén, a Chilean volcano that erupted last week for the first time in over 9,000 years.  It began to spew lava and ash toward the empyrean, 12 miles up, which in turn commingled with approaching clouds, creating a little-understood phenomenon called a “dirty thunderstorm,” wherein it is believed that rock fragments and ash from the volcano collide within the thunderheads, creating static charges that produce lightning.  Seriously, how fucking rad is that?