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Wednesday, 30 April 2008 @ 4:12 pm PDT
Our little mystery guest has left. From all accounts the Gnome phoned
home. Or perhaps he clicked his heels three times and said, "There's
no place like Gnome Home. There's no place like Gnome Home." In any event
all we can offer are pristine images from Mount St. Helens in all their
glorious shades of gray, even with color cameras. The heavy clouds
and snowdrifts have truly made this the Winter of our Discontent(ment).
We thank the VolcanoCamGnome for a bright spot and hope it's a sign that
Spring is just around the corner. Just as the First of May is
Wednesday, 30 April 2008 @ 10:27 am PDT
A big thanks to all of your for the kind words about our mysterious
guest who showed up yesterday in front of the VolcanoCam Classic camera.
He is still there today and appears to be in need of hot chocolate. We've
done some investigative work and identified the story behind our visitor.
He apparently hitched a ride with a Forest Service maintenance crew as
they are now begin to prepare the Johnston Ridge Observatory (JRO) for
reopening sometime this spring (summer?). Current snow depths at the
JRO are more than 20-30 feet so the work to clear snow is difficult,
dangerous, and arduous. Washington State DOT is doing their best to
clear the road to the JRO. However, the snowpack in many areas covering
the road has compacted into solid ice, or what is better known around
these parts as Cascade Concrete. It will take some time for DOT to clear
ice that is 15 feet thick (and more) along the roadway.
Tuesday, 29 April 2008 @ 10:49 am PDT
The VolcanoCam Classic Camera has captured a view never before scene
with any VolcanoCam. It appears a VolcanoCamGnome is responsible for
clearing the snow in front of the VolcanoCams. He is there now and we've
captured the image for the Hall of Fame.
Tuesday, 29 April 2008 @ 7:59 am PDT
Woohoo! We have a view! Well, a great view of fog and clouds and another
impending snowstorm about to hit Mount St. Helens! So why the woohoo?
Well, the Mount St. Helens maintenance crew managed to get to the Johnston
Ridge Observatory for what is believed to be only the second time all
winter. They were there to check on the JRO and begin preparations for
a spring reopening. While there, they took the time, braved the elements
and cleared a big chunk of the snowdrift that's been blocking most of
the VolcanoCam views all winter long. Barring a massive snowfall to thwart
their efforts, and with fingers crossed, we should now have continuous
views of Mount St. Helens from now on. Yes, even a great view of fog
and low clouds looks good about now.
Wednesday, 23 April 2008 @ 8:00 am PDT
Blog entries have been far and few between of late. It has nothing
to do with being busy behind the scenes, or just plain forgetting. But
it has everything to do with snow, and snow, and snow, and snow, ...
As stated in the previous entry, the Cascade Range continues to endure
a very long and very snowy winter. Old timers tell us this heavy snowpack
and long winter is reminiscent of what the Cascade Range used to experience.
So is this more of what should be a normal winter?
Both VolcanoCams have weathered this winter very well. Other than the
regular 20-foot snowdrift blocking the views, and along with the occasional
icicles and snowflakes on the camera windows, it's been a successful
Wednesday, 02 April 2008 @ 8:05 am PDT
The Vernal Equinox has come and gone. The calendar says Spring has arrived.
Well, human calendars don't have any meaning in the Cascade Range this
season as we continue to experience winter weather, as best experienced
and shared through the Mount St. Helens VolcanoCams. Views of the volcano
have been obscured by clouds, bad weather, and most recently, a huge snowdrift
blocking all views.
Today's forecast calls for clear and sunny weather
with temperatures above freezing. All we can do is wait until Mother
Nature takes its course with melting and sublimating the snow so we again
can view Mount St. Helens.