Mount St. Helens VolcanoCams
Welcome to the home of the Mount St. Helens VolcanoCams.
We have been providing near real-time images of Mount St. Helens since the late 1990s. The near real-time images of Mount St. Helens are taken from the Johnston Ridge Observatory (JRO) using two VolcanoCam High Definition cameras. The (JRO) and VolcanoCams are located at an elevation of approximately 4,200 feet, about five miles from the volcano. The cameras look approximately south-southeast across the North Fork Toutle River Valley.
VolcanoCams Status and News
- 14 July 2014 Update - We are in the process of restoring near real-time images from the VolcanoCams back to this web site.
In December 2013, security changes to the web server providing VolcanoCam images changed. At the same time we were directed to retire the older ClassicCam because images were processed through an older Windows 2000 server. We acquired a new high definition camera in May 2014 and it was installed in June 2014. We now have two High Definition cameras. We are in the final stages of receiving our computer security authorization and will be providing near real-time image shortly.
This is a test image of the new VolcanocamHD01 camera.
- Camera Status - This is a test image created manually from a live image, and inserted manually into this web page. The camera is installed and operating with no difficulties. This is an image captured from a live stream on 14 July 2014 at approximately 11:49 am PDT.
- Camera View - There is considerable dust in the air obscuring the image clarity. If you click on the image itself you may see a full size version of the image. We plan to make any necessary corrections to this camera in a Fall 2014 maintenance visit.
This is a test image of the VolcanocamHD02 camera.
- Camera Status - This is a test image created manually from a live image, and inserted manually into this web page. The camera is installed and operating with no difficulties. This is an image captured from a live stream on 14 July 2014 at approximately 12:01 pm PDT.
- Camera View - There is considerable dust in the air obscuring the image clarity. If you click on the image itself you may see a full size version of the image.
- Visual Artifacts - The top of the image is partially onscured by the JRO building eaves overhang. The horizontal line through the center of the image is a product of manually capturing the live image. The bottom of the image is partially obscured by the external camera housing. The top and bottom issues are caused by the lens and an internal camera mount that has come loose. We plan to make any necessary corrections to this camera in a Fall 2014 maintenance visit.
This is a reference image, taken by the VolcanoCam Webmaster when the new High Defintion Camera was installed in June 2014. The image was taken using a personal Kindle Fire HDX tablet from Loowit Overlook.
No federal tax funds support the purchase of the VolcanoCam cameras and associated hardware. All funding comes from donations managed on our behalf by Discover Your Northwest.
Discover Your Northwest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit social enterprise based in Seattle, and are licensed to operate in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, and Montana.
Discover Your Northwest promotes the discovery of Northwest public lands, enriches the experience of visitors, and encourages stewardship of these special places today and for generations to come. Discover Your Northwest passionately believes in the people-value of Northwest public lands and are dedicated to ensuring that our public lands are places of education, recreation, and inspiration for everyone.
Discover Your Northwest are proud to be partners with the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Army Corps of Engineers, City of Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Washington State Parks.
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
10600 N.E. 51st Circle
Vancouver, WA 98682
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters
42218 N.E. Yale Bridge Rd.
Amboy, WA 98601
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