|Puyehue volcano erupting on June 6, 2011,|
producing ash that has now (June 21) travelled around
the world one and a half times.
Photo by Francisco Negroni,
Agenci Uno/European Pressphoto Agency
Good luck, Ray!
The ash would not have normally come near Australia, according to Andrew Tupper, head of the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center. However, the jet stream brought a low pressure system that grabbed some of the ash cloud. Tupper is optimistic that it will clear out in a day or two. Tupper says that "The low pressure system, although it is annoying, does have the beneficial effect that it's helping to break up the cloud itself, perhaps stopping it from coming around (over Australia) a third time." The ash has now gone around the world one and a half times.
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