Steamboat Geyser, Yellowstone, Has Erupted a Record Number of Times this Year

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Yellowstone’s Steamboat Geyser. Credit: Washington Post

Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone National Park has erupted 37-times already this year, beating the previous record of 32 eruptions in a year, set in 2018, reports the Weather Channel.

Before 2018, the record number of eruptions for the world’s tallest currently active geyser in one year was 29, back in 1964. 

Another notable record was broken in June, when the record was set for the shortest interval between eruptions, at just over three days.

The updates come from Mike Poland, the Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, who provides monthly updates of the activity at Yellowstone.

Geysers naturally experience fluctuations in their activity so this increase in eruptions is no cause for concern. Poland explained that a possible explanation for Steamboat’s recent activity could be the increase in groundwater at Yellowstone due to years of heavy snowfall that melted and flowed into the geysers and hot springs.

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