Video: Hunga Aerosol Effects In The Sky (June 23, 2022)


June 23, 2022: I wasn’t planning to take any more videos but happened to wake up this morning around 3 a.m. and couldn’t get back to sleep. Then I noticed that the effect seemed even stronger (though still nothing like that’s being reported Down Under).

So here’s three more views taken between roughly 4 and 5 a.m. Of note, during playback of the second, longer video, I noticed green bars and that is artifactual, as is some of the purple/green shifting with camera movement.

This is why I included that third video, shot on another model Tracfone — to compare and see how much of the color might be real. Both cameras did seem to cut through humidity that sort of dazzled the eye, but it’s not 100% reliable.

You might want to take a sea-sickness pill before watching the third video. That model really wasn’t up to the shoot. The autofocus was nuts and 30-some apps crashed.

The main things are on the first two, relatively clear videos: The incredible brightness in the north and the way color and glow moved around. (Of note, I have since briefly read up on stratospheric winds — they’re speedy, so I can’t think how they could contribute to the imbalanced “sundog effect.”)

But yes, this morning Corvallis got a “sunset” in the north and then a sunrise in the east. (Here’s the link, in case that playlist hasn’t processed yet.)



Original post:

This morning was clear and for the first time I was able to record some optical effects from the sulfate aerosol stratospheric layer formed after Hunga’s January blast.

For reference, the videos were recorded at 44.57°N, 123.27°W. Times given are in the Pacific Time Zone.

Per the GVP, Hunga is located at 20.536°S, 175.38°W.

This is extremely amateurish video, recorded when I was half awake on the only equipment available: a new Motorola Tracfone (higher definition) and the old Samsung Tracfone.

The narration is repetitious because I thought I hadn’t saved the earliest two videos. Fortunately, they were there and I eventually found them.

Time ranges from 4:51 a.m. to 6:18 a.m. These are episodic, not totally accurate in color, and without any attempt at professional editing. (Also, the narrator babbles, as is her wont — sorry.)

My goal is merely to get people to look up! That came naturally to people in Krakatoa-1883 times, but now we’re fixed on these glowing screens.



Like this but without fear or stress. There wasn’t enough sulfur in the blast to cause serious climate changes.


Once skilled videographers realize that Nature is putting on some major sunrise/sunset FX, there should be some spectacular professional videos appearing online.

In the meantime, there’s this:



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