Tsunami and 2006 Weather
Hello, I'm a teaching a class of sophomores about
weather patterns and how they affect planting and life cycles of
animals and humans. I'm looking for correlation between the
Asian tsunami a few years back and how the fall weather presently
is very mild and warm, for this region of the world. If you
could direct me to an information source that can verify or
disprove this theory, it would be greatly appreciated.
Tsunamis, alone, do not have much effect on whether. However,
tsunamis that are caused by volcanoes that spew tons of various dust
and gases into the atmosphere will affect weather, sometimes for
years. But it is the eruption of the volcano that is the direct
cause, not the tsunami itself. The effect of the volcano could occur
with or without a tsunami.
There are normally no correlations between geological events
like earthquakes (and resulting tsunamis) and weather,
particularly in an area remote from the geological event (such
as WA state) and removed from the event by so much time.
David R. Cook
Climate Research Section
Environmental Science Division
Argonne National Laboratory
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