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Steamboat geyser in Yellowstone surpasses 2018 annual eruptions record — and it’s only September


Only a week into September, the Steamboat geyser in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is living up to its name as never before. Blasting its own raucous record out of the water, the geyser has already surpassed its number of eruptions for all of 2018.

“August 2019 was another record-setting month for Steamboat geyser, which experienced water eruptions on Aug. 12, 20 and 27,” wrote the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in its routine monthly report for August. “The Aug. 27 eruption was the 33rd of 2019, breaking the record for eruptions in a calendar year that was set in 2018.”

The previous record was in 1964, when it blew 29 times, according to KIFI-TV.

Much has been made of the volcanic power of the Yellowstone caldera, and the geysers — which include the most famous of them all, Old Faithful — are the most visible manifestation of that. Tourists flock to see the steaming spouts of water shoot skyward from rock fissures.

But scientists constantly assure us that this is normal and does not presage a massive eruption.

In fact, the national park contains more than 10,000 hydrothermal features, including hot springs, geysers, fumaroles and mud pots, according to KPVI-TV’s weekly column chronicling the regions eruptions.