This is just for insight – Back in September, USGS-HVO posted a “projected path” of the lava flow (9/17,hvo.wr.usgs.gov/maps/). This image shows their projection back then and the lava flow as of 10/31.

I still want to emphasize that USGS always cautions that lava flow behavior is complex and their projections are subject to change…..but this does make us think their jobs are fascinating, doesn't it? (Note: I am NOT a geologist, so if you have questions about the lava flow itself, please go to the weekly community meeting at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria and talk to a USGS scientist.)