Great Sunny Day

Like the title says, it was a great sunny day, just had to get out and take some photos.
Other than that, not really too much going on, other than life it self. We do have a nice blanket of snow back on the ground after our January thaw.

Everyone around here is still watching the volcano quite closely, we just don’t know when it’s going to blow. Guess that’s the biggest news ’round here. Some people are on edge about it, others, like myself, are just taking it as it comes.
Here is an update on Redoubt Volcano

60°29’7″ N 152°44’38” W, Summit Elevation 10197 ft (3108 m)
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH

Unrest at Redoubt Volcano continues, though no eruption has yet occurred. Seismic activity at the volcano remains above background levels and has waxed and waned over the last week. Yesterday from 11:18 to about 16:00 AKST, there were several periods of more intense seismic tremor. Since then, nearly continuous low-level seismic tremor has been recorded.

Clear web camera images currently show no activity at the volcano. Observers on overflights during the past week reported intermittent steam plumes from the area of the 1989-90 lava dome, continued melting of the upper Drift glacier, and increased water discharge along the lower Drift glacier and into the Drift River. Airborne gas measurements on January 31 and February 2 recorded levels of the magmatic gas CO2 several times greater than the value recorded on November 2, 2008.

Gas and heat flux, combined with ongoing seismic activity, suggest that new magma has been emplaced within the crust below Redoubt and that it is actively degassing. We do not know the exact depths or volume of the magma; nor is it certain that the magma will continue to rise to the surface. On the basis of current activity, however, the most likely scenario is an eruption similar to or smaller than the 1989-90 eruption. It is somewhat less likely that no eruption will occur or that the volcano has an eruption larger than that of 1989-90.

AVO personnel installed two new seismic instruments near Redoubt over the past week, and improved signals coming in from the Redoubt seismic network at AVO’s facility in Homer.

Staff continue to monitor the volcano 24 hours a day. We will issue further information as it becomes available.

The phone number for the recorded message of latest volcanic activity is 907-786-7478.

The following 7 photos are from Wolverine Rd. The fields are hay fields.

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Down at the Knik River at sunset

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Wasilla Park with skating area around sunset

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’til next time

She’s Still Active

2009-02-05 19:22:16
Unrest at Redoubt Volcano continues. Seismic activity remains elevated well above background levels.

AVO seismometers recorded two bursts of more intense tremor today. National Weather Service radar, pilot observations, and a brief web camera glimpse of the volcano late this afternoon confirmed that no eruption occurred. Following this burst, background tremor has remained elevated relative to the past several days.

AVO continues to monitor the volcano 24/7.

Happy Birthday Jan

It’s Jan’s birthday today!
We’re (me) cooking up some nice fresh Ribeyes, Redskin mashed potatos, and some white sweat corn. Yumm.

Still no eruption on Redoubt, though stll say it could be anytime.

This is a picture from one of AVO’s webcams. You can see the mud flow that has started. Redoubt valcano does not erupt like the ones you see on TV with lava flowing. Redoubt explodes, spewing ash everywhere.

Tonight’s Moon

’til next ime

Could This Be The Day?

2009-02-02 17:17:58
Restlessness at Redoubt Volcano continues. Seismic activity remains elevated and is well above background levels.

The volcano has not erupted.

A vapor plume is intermittently visible in the AVO web camera. It appears to rise no higher than the volcano’s summit.

A news story this evening incorrectly reported that Anchorage could receive several inches of volcanic ash should the volcano erupt. This should have been reported as several millimeters (or about 1/10 of an inch).

AVO continues to monitor potential activity with seismic, satellite and radar data.

This moring:
A short, high-intensity burst of volcanic tremor occurred at 8:47 AKST this morning, and since then a series of small repeating earthquakes is ongoing. There is no eruption associated with this earthquake activity. The volcano is just now appearing in the Redoubt HutCam, and no steam plume is visible.

AVO continues to observe potential activity with seismic, satellite and radar data. The volcano has not erupted.

Seismic Activity Graph

A Measly 12 Minutes

Yes, just 12 minutes of actual game play, summing up all the ‘snap to whistle’ intervals, of the 60 minutes (not in huddle, not calling signals, not including other time that the clock is running and play is not going on….etc.) is a measly 12 minutes out of the three or so hours of NFL Football. Lame ass if you ask me. If you ask me, it has got to be one of the most boring games on this planet. Funny name to, Football, mostly played with your hands, with an occasional kick here and there. Football should be played with, let me think, your feet. I know I am in the minority in my thinking, but wouldn’t it be a better game if they got rid of some, if not all, of the damn padding and play without so many fucking stops. Half of these players are so fucking fat and out of shape, there is no way they could ever compete in any “real” sport.

As you can most likely tell, I only watch the Super Bowl for the commercials and never watch puffball during the regular season. Season, what a joke, they only pay what, 16 games. One per week. Lame!

I wont even get into the parents that wont let their kids play this lame game, thinking the kid might get hurt. That’s what life is you dumb asses.

I do have to say, this halftime show with “The Boss” was most likely the best I have seen. Sure beat the past few years crap.

As I type this, the game is about to end, and I do have do say this has been one of the more exciting games in years, though still way too long and too may stops. Zzzzzz

There, game’s over, 6:10pm, after a start of 2:00pm.

Oh, and one more thing. It’s really quite nice being able to watch, as much as I did, the game at a reasonable time of day. You see, here in Alaska, we watched the game in the afternoon, not in the evening/night.

I ran out during some of the so-called “game play” to shoot these.

Looking out back this evening

’til next time

Waiting For The Eruption

We are still waiting for, the inevitable it seems, the eruption of Mt. Redoubt.

An article from Alaska Daily News (ADN)

Following is part of a statement, and link, from the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO)

“The current activity at Redoubt could be precursory to an eruption, perhaps within days. A further increase in seismicity is expected to accompany an eruption. Staff are currently monitoring the volcano 24 hours a day.”

Couple photos I took today of Lazy Mountain from Wasilla Lake. Some brief holes in the cloud cover.

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More on Mt. Redoubt Volcano

Here is an image of Mt, Redoubt Volcano taken during the 1990 eruption.

Ascending eruption cloud from Redoubt Volcano as viewed to the west from the Kenai Peninsula. The mushroom-shaped plume rose from avalanches of hot debris (pyroclastic flows) that cascaded down the north flank of the volcano. A smaller, white steam plume rises from the summit crater. Photograph by R. Clucas, April 21, 1990.

Redoubt seems set to blow

From ADN:

‘DAYS’: Advisories issued for people to prepare for eruption.


Published: January 27th, 2009 09:27 PM
Last Modified: January 27th, 2009 09:57 PM

The ground at Mount Redoubt rumbled intermittently Tuesday, and the Alaska Volcano Observatory continued to forecast a potential eruption there “within days.”

The 10,197-foot peak 100 miles southwest of Anchorage now appears ready to explode for the second time in 20 years, the observatory noted in a mid-day status report.

“A further increase in seismicity is expected to accompany an eruption,” the agency said. Observatory staff continue to monitor the volcano 24 hours a day.

If history is a guide, Redoubt should erupt in style, geologists say. Unlike volcanoes in Hawaii, which tend to ooze out slow-rolling lava, volcanoes in Alaska — Redoubt included — usually erupt explosively, shooting ash nearly eight miles high.

That’s because the gas that’s trying to escape the volcano gets blocked, either by a lava dome or thick, syrupy magma — characteristic of the highly viscous material in Alaska volcanoes — which increases the power below, AVO geologist Jennifer Adleman said.

“Its pressure keeps building and building. …”

Then it blows.

Were that to happen around 9 a.m. this morning, the forecast winds would carry the ash plume directly toward Anchorage, according to a chart posted on the Alaska Volcano Observatory Web site Tuesday. The warning prompted both state and city emergency agencies to issue bulletins to residents with advice on how to cope with an ash storm.

Stay inside as much as possible, the Anchorage Office of Emergency Management said. Wear a dust mask or a wet bandana if you venture outdoors. People who wear contact lenses should consider wearing goggles.

Volcanic ash consists of tiny jagged pieces of rock and glass, an advisory posted by the U.S. Geological Survey noted.

“Falling ash can turn daylight into complete darkness. Accompanied by rain and lightning, the gritty ash can lead to power outages (and) prevent communications….”

The last time Redoubt erupted — over a five-month period that lasted from December 1989 through April 1990 — the ash plume disrupted international air traffic and coated Anchorage in a thin layer of volcanic dust.

It also sent “pyroclastic flows” of hot gas and rock rushing down the Drift River drainage, turning ice and snow into a fast moving river of mud, which partially flooded the Drift River Oil Terminal on the western shore of Cook Inlet. The state said Tuesday afternoon that the terminal’s volcano readiness plan is now in effect.

Guess we might want to get ready for this one. It may be a hazard and all that, but I still think it’s really cool.

’til next time