Clouds over Chiang Mai at Sunset August 29th 2012

The cloud displays over Chiang Mai this week appeared as if they were put there by the great British landscape painter J.W. Turner. The extraordinary colours of Turner’s paintings have been attributed to the effect of dust from the massive explosion of Krakatoa which also caused a drop in the World’s temperature. This is explained in an article in Wikipedia entitled “A Year Without Summer” when Europe saw hunger as crops failed.

Ironically these gorgeous skies appear in the same week that we learn that Arctic Ice is the lowest ever observed presaging a rapid warming of the planet, melting of the Greenland icecap and hunger on a scale as never seen before.

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