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The volcano forecast: something a little different 5 March 2010

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Here in the United Kingdom one of the enduring pillars of our national life is the Shipping Forecast, a report on weather conditions around British and Irish shores put together by the Met Office and H.M. Coastguard and broadcast four times a day on BBC Radio 4. It may seem rather utilitarian, but the forecast has a certain poetic and imaginative quality that gives it an appeal far beyond the maritime community for whom it is a vital service.

Reading the Shipping Forecast is among the jobs of the BBC Radio Four announcers, and one of their number, the mellifluously-voiced Zeb Soanes, is a guest on the latest edition (no. 16) of the Shift Run Stop podcast put together by Leila Johnston and Roo Reynolds. Leila, a big fan of the regular SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Reports featured on this blog (and who wouldn’t be?) suggested Zeb should read a ‘volcanic activity forecast’ in the style of the Shipping Forecast, so I lightly adapted the 10-16 February report for him to read. The result, although it most definitely should not be relied upon by anyone seeking information about volcanic activity, is quite superb: you’ve no idea of the comic potential inherent in the term ‘small pyroclastic flow moving northwards’ until you’ve heard Zeb reading it.

You can hear the volcanic activity forecast at Shift Run Stop by clicking here to access the podcast. The volcano bit starts at about 20 minutes in (although you really ought to hear the whole thing, and then subscribe and buy the tape).

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Away for the weekend 26 February 2010

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I’m away for the weekend from today, so (unless something really dramatic happens) there will be no new posts here until Monday 1 March.

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The Volcanism Blog Christmas break 22 December 2009

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Crater Navidad, Lonquimay volcano, Chile

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all from The Volcanism Blog. The blog will be on a holiday break until 29 December 2009 – it is possible that there will be posting between now and then, but it can’t be guaranteed.

The cinder cone above is at Lonquimay volcano, Chile, and was produced by an eruption that began on 25 December 1988. Appropriately enough, it is called Crater Navidad. Compliments of the season to all our readers and visitors!

[Click here for the source of this image at Flickr.]

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Two years of The Volcanism Blog 7 December 2009

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The Volcanism Blog began on 5 December 2007, and was thus two years old on Saturday. Thank you all for visiting, reading and supporting this blog over the past two years.

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The Volcanism Blog on Twitter 16 October 2009

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This was not an easy decision, but I’ve finally decided to start a Twitter account for The Volcanism Blog and begin twitting entwitments. Any advice on how to get the best out of the thing gratefully received: I’m feeling my way with it, to be honest.

http://twitter.com/volcanismblog

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1000 posts at The Volcanism Blog 26 September 2009

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A minor milestone: this is the 1000th post published at The Volcanism Blog since we opened for business on 5 December 2007. Thank you for reading!

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Brief hiatus 19 September 2009

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Volcano matchbox label: 'Vesuvius'

A weekend occupied by personal matters means that there will be no blogging here until Monday 21 September. This week’s ‘Saturday Volcano Art’ will appear on Monday, or possibly Tuesday. Apologies for the delay.

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Practical guides to artificial volcanism 11 September 2009

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A reader writes to say that the fascinating and more than slightly weird scientific curiosity corner known as Lateral Science has a remarkable collection of recipes for artificial volcanoes. The strong recommendation is not to try any of them at home.

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Bad health blogging 26 July 2009

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The Volcanism Blog took an unannounced break this week because my health took a turn for the worse on 19 July. Things are better now, but I can’t promise a return to full service for a little while yet. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

In the meantime, here’s something to enjoy from Sticky Comics: lil’ volcano.

Update 10 August 2009: I’m better! Back to blogging this week. Thank you to everyone who has left messages and/or sent e-mails with good wishes. Your kind thoughts have been much appreciated.

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Sickness absence 29 June 2009

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Sorry for the lack of posts here over recent days: I’ve been unwell. Normal service will be resumed shortly – thanks for your patience.

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