Today may be the last day to view Mount St. Helens for a while. The National Weather Service is reporting the clear and cold weather from the last few days will give way to clouds and snow, again!
Recent warmer temperatures -- relatively speaking -- melted the snow encrusted icicles blocking VolcanoCam views of Mount St. Helens. Pacific Northwest winter weather is finicky at best so whatever nice days we may have will be fleeting. We cannot inspect the cameras firsthand this time of the year. However, both are enduring the onslaught of wind, rain, ice and snow Mother Nature has thrown at both so far this winter. We find no problems with either camera and related equipment. Thanks to all for your regular email queries and questions.
For enquiring VolcanoCam minds, those weird vertical thingies now appearing of late in both VolcanoCam views are snow covered icicles, hanging down from the eaves of the Johnston Ridge Observatory (JRO). We've received several email requests as when we will remove them to improve the view. The icicles will remain until Mother Nature changes her mind and melts them. Access to the JRO is impossible now because of the weather, including avalanche warnings posted by the National Weather Service.
The Mount St. Helens VolcanoCams begin another year of monitoring the only active volcano in the Lower 48 States. There are no reported problems with either camera. However, the typical winter weather of the Pacific Northwest will continue to limit the views of Mount St. Helens. Happy 2008!