Thursday, March 26, 2009
Redoubt~! another fricken update
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE AK
1210 PM AST THU MAR 26 2009
1210 PM AST WED MAR 26 2009
...NO ASHFALL IS EXPECTED IN ANCHORAGE...
LOW LEVEL ASH CLOUDS FROM THIS MORNING'S ERUPTIONS OF MOUNT REDOUBT
ARE TRACKING SOUTHEASTWARD TOWARD THE SOUTHWESTERN KENAI
PENINSULA...WHERE ASHFALL ADVISORIES ARE IN EFFECT THROUGH 4 PM
THIS AFTERNOON. HIGH LEVEL ASH CLOUDS UP ABOVE 30000 FEET ARE
HEADED FOR ANCHORAGE AND WILL AFFECT AVIATION. HOWEVER...ASH AT
THESE LEVELS TYPICALLY WILL NOT FALL TO THE GROUND. THEREFORE...NO
ASHFALL IS EXPECTED IN THE ANCHORAGE AREA.
Seismicity is still elevated. Partly cloudy Hut webcam views over the last hour show a vigorous plume emitting from the summit of the volcano and trailing south. The webcam also shows fresh lahar deposits on the Drift Glacier. There have been no other large explosions since this morning's large eruption at 9:24AM.
A large eruption of Redoubt volcano occurred at 09:24 AKDT (17:24 UTC) this morning. National Weather Service reports the cloud height to be at least 65,000 ft above sea level and pilot reports indicated a plume height of 60,000 ft. Since this event, a few smaller events have occurred but these did not generate plumes above about 20,000 feet.
The eruption at 9:24 AKDT also produced a lahar in the Drift River valley that was detected by seismic instruments.
An ashfall advisory is in effect until 4 PM for the western Kenai Peninsula. High level ash (above 30,000 feet) is forecast to pass over Anchorage, but is not expected to produce ash fall. For more information refer to the NWS Redoubt Coordination web page (http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/volcano.php ) for latest ash cloud information.
AVO is monitoring the situation closely, the observatory is staffed 24/7, and attempts to overfly the volcano will occur as soon as possible. More details on this mornings eruption also will be released on AVO's web page as soon as possible.
Seismic activity has declined since the eruption at 09:24 AKDT this morning. Additional ash emissions may occur and another large eruption remains possible.
The 09:24 AKDT event produced a mudflow down the Drift River.
An ashfall advisory in in effect until 4 PM this afternoon for the western Kenai Peninsula where up to 1/8 of an inch of ash could accumulate. For more details refer to the NWS Redoubt Coordination web page (http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/volcano.php ).
The major explosive event that started at 09:24 AKDT has diminished, though smaller emissions may occur, or a larger event resume.
The 09:24 event produced a lahar down the Drift River.
Refer to the NWS Redoubt Coordination web page (http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/volcano.php ) for latest cloud information.
A major explosive event occurred at 09:24 AKDT. National Weather Service reports the cloud height to be at least 65,000 ft above sea level. Refer to the NWS Redoubt Coordination web page (http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/volcano.php ) for latest cloud information.
So let me explain what this means... I am exhausted. and I had a class to teach, at the same therapy place that I go to just down the hill at another building. I get there about noon...
And everyone is freaking the hell out. GOTTA COVER COMPUTERS, GOTTA TAKE A PERSONAL DAY!, GOTTA ASTHMA??? GOTTA GO HOME!!! CAUSE IT WAS NOON AND ASH IS GOING TO START RAINING AT 1PM....
well I panic, I have asthma, and I hate crowds and am claustrophobic, and I don't like to eat in front of people. I had to have all of my upper teeth pulled in Oct 2007, and due to my TN I can't wear a denture yet. so I am very!! self conscience. So I leave in a panic!
so we go get water and a few things at wal mart, and it is 1pm and I am outside of wal mart and NO ASH is falling that I can see. HINT we have has some ash in the air for the whole time it has been erupting, not much as it blows up and swings north west, but then on the end of its run it circles south and hits us anyway, no much, not really noticeable, but there and I can smell it, and taste it. I have had to use my inhaler, saline tears and antihistamine eye drops. no biggie. I have been in AK now for almost 37 years and this is by no means my first volcano!
I needed a day off. I have a big day and I have to sleep for a week. I don't handle things well, never have. I am just tired and burnt out.