Photo is from Google Earth
While I have been watching the Iceland volcanos daily here as potential contributors to another Grand Minimum like the Dalton Minimum in the late 1700s and early 1800s, two Russian volcanoes erupted Thursday on Russia's far-eastern Kamchatka Peninsula.
The volcanos tossed massive ash clouds miles into the air, forcing flights to divert and blanketing towns with thick, heavy ash. The Klyuchevskaya Sopka, Eurasia's highest active volcano, exploded along with the Shiveluch volcano, 45 miles to the northeast. Ash clouds from the remote volcanoes are billowed up to 33,000 feet and spreading east across the Pacific Ocean.
Meteorologist Joseph D'Aleo said in an interview that we are headed for a Dalton Minimum. Details here.
He said in another report, the real wild card the return of a Dalton Minimum will be volcanic eruption in the Northern Hemisphere. It looks like the wild card may have arrived, but we will have to wait and see how long the eruptions continue and where the ash clouds drift.
One interesting note, I have been look at the Iceland volcano page for months, with daily earth quakes showing on the graphic. Now that the Russian volcanos have erupted, the Iceland earth quakes have stopped. Details here.
Update (10-29-10, 07:25) According to Dr Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. the global ocean temperatues continue to fall. He provided the following image showing the data updated through October 27. "Needless to say, there is no end in sight to the cooling," said Dr Spencer.