Daily Archives: June 25, 2009

AMAZING PHOTO: Astronaut Snaps Stunning Eruption Photo



  **Astronaut photograph ISS020-E-9048 was acquired on June 12, 2009, with a Nikon D2XS digital camera fitted with a 400 mm lens, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The image was taken by the Expedition 20 crew. (NASA Photo)**

I have never seen anything quite like this.

On June 12th, an astronaut on the International Space Station captured the early eruption stages of the Sarychev Volcano in the Kuril Islands (northeast of Japan). According to Scott Sistek, KOMO 4 Weather Producer and reason why I am so in to weather today, says the cloud you see in the picture is one you see very rarely from the ground. He says, “The cloud is called a pileus cloud, and NASA says it was likely caused by ‘rapid rising and cooling of the air mass above the ash column.’ There’s plenty of other amazing atmospheric and meteorological events going on in this photo– such as the ring of clearing around the volcano, likely caused by the eruption.”

To read more about this photograph go to earthobservatory.nasa.gov

The latest weather news around the peninsula is the recent windstorm that raced through the area last night, causing power outages all across the Puget Sound. It certainly seems like we’re making up for all the windstorms we didn’t receive this winter, which was pretty quiet compared to normal in the storm department. Good news is the jet stream looks to lift north over the next week or so delivering much calmer weather to the area resulting in partly cloudy skies and highs in the 70s…for the most part.

Tomorrow through Saturday looks pleasant with partly to mostly sunny skies, but Sunday through Monday we’ll be brushed with a weak weather system, dropping highs back into the 60s with more clouds and a few showers.

After that we return to the familiar partly sunny forecast with comfortable highs in the 70s.

The long range? Lookin’ good for now with dry and warmer weather in the forecast. Let’s hope Summer returns! 🙂

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap