Kenya Foy
February 03, 2017 11:06 am
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If a groundhog is to be trusted, we’ll be freezing our asses off for longer than we’d like, so let’s scour the internet in search of stuff that helps us remember that Mother Nature knows how to produce heat. Oh, what do we have here? Footage of a lava firehose, which sounds like an apparatus that connects to a fire truck for the purposes of spewing forth extremely hot water. As guesses go, that was pretty awful, but the sight of an actual lava firehose is anything but.

Researchers filmed a lava stream pouring into the Pacific Ocean in Hawaii, and the volcanic spillage basically looks like someone emptying a billion gallon-can of red paint off a cliff. Thanks to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), there’s film of this thrilling natural phenomenon in action.

Ugh, how gorgeous is that? Fine, Mother Nature, we’ll give you credit for providing this most worthy distraction from the hellish weather forecast we must face. It’s intriguing, it’s too beautiful for words and most importantly, it makes us appreciate all those hot summer days we habitually complain about.

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According to NPR, the source of the lava hose is the big island’s Kilauea volcano, whose eruptions can be traced back to 1983. The USGS Hawaiian observatory says this colorful lava flow began around New Year’s after rock from the Komokuna lava delta collapsed, exposing a lava tube and allowing the molten lava to flow into the open sea.

Gee Mother Nature, that’s actually one hell of a way to kick off the new year. We look forward to you continuing to work your magic in the most beautiful (and warmest) of ways.