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Friday, 29 February 2008 @ 3:16 pm PST
Thanks to our VolcanoCamHD camera manufacturer,
we managed to manually correct the date. All it took was some electronic duct
tape. We will monitor the camera during the weekend to see if there are any
date and time issues when the date rolls over to the month of March tomorrow.
Thank you to our VolcanoCam viewers who assisted us in our efforts.
Friday, 29 February 2008 @ 12:38 pm PST
Ah Houston, we've got a problem. The date stamp for the VolcanoCamHD
is incorrect. (VolcanoCam Classic is just fine with Leap Day.) As
one of our loyal VolcanoCam viewers pointed out to us, "According to the
top of the
what Mount St. Helens is
going to look like tomorrow at this time. Where can I get one of those future-cams?"
Today is Leap Day. But VolcanoCamHD doesn't know that. Well, it does, and
it doesn't. The software knows it. But the hardware clock chip doesn't and
in the ensuing wrestling
the hardware keeps winning. We've been in touch with the camera manufacturer
who uncovered the problem as well today. Unfortunately, all attempts to manually
reset the date have failed (The hardware keeps winning!).
So rather than lose the date/time stamp for the images, we placed the Leap
Year notice on the image. As long as the notice remains on the image, that
tell you we haven't fixed the problem, something we really do want to fix right
away. Ultimately, however, if this turns out to be a hardware issue, we may
have to endure the incorrect date until we can physically access VolcanoCamHD.
And with this winter's snowfall, that may not happen until May, probably June,
or maybe even July.
Tuesday, 12 February 2008 @ 8:01 am PST
View, glorious view! Just look at that volcano this morning! Clear skies
with a hint of a cloud over the summit. The snowdrift in front of the cameras
melted just enough to offer perspective! Wow!
Thursday, 07 February 2008 @ 8:20 am PST
We had about a one-hour break in the clouds late yesterday morning to reveal
Mount St. Helen is still there!! At the same time, drifting snow has completely
blocked views from the VocanoCamHD, while a slowly growing drift in from of
VolcanoCam Classic has covered more than half its view as of this morning.
You might want to take a look at these
images from last summer when we installed
the new VolcanoCamHD camera. The distance from the ground to the cameras is
somewhere near 20 feet.
Yup, we have a growing 20-foot snow drift in front
of the cameras.
Nope, there is nothing we can do about it.
Friday, 01 February 2008 @ 8:31 am PST
Winter refuses to release its icy grip on the Cascade Range in the Pacific
Northwest, and that includes Mount St. Helens. Snoqualmie Pass in the north
(near Seattle) remains closed because of heavy snows and very high avalanche
danger. Santiam Pass in Oregon (west of Bend) is also closed at this hour.
And reports from locals with long memories are saying they haven't seen this
much snow on Mount St. Helens, with more to come, in almost 30 years.
VolcanoCam views lately are restricted to clouds and fog, providing we can
see through the icicles hanging down from the eaves of the Johnston Ridge Observatory,
as well as what we are calling snow amoeba covering the camera windows on occasion.
Right now the VolcanoCamHD view is almost blocked by wind-whipped snow on the
camera view, while the VolcanoCam Classic view is clear. However, there is
a growing line of something at the bottom of the VolcanoCam Classic view. This
is reminiscent of several years ago when snow drifts blocked all views of Mount
Perhaps this year we will again have 20-foot snowdrifts at the JRO.
Tomorrow is Groundhog Day. Will Mount St. Helens see its shadow or not? Will
the VolcanoCams be able to see if Mount St. Helens sees its shadow or not?
Will there be an early spring in the Cascade Range, or six more weeks of winter?
Only the shadows know!