A summer weather front is preventing all of us from viewing Mount St. Helens this morning. Rest assured the VolcanoCams are working just fine with no reported the problems.
The Mount St. Helens VolcanoCamHD celebrated its one year anniversary yesterday! This high definition camera continues to offer exquisite views of Mount St. Helens. Along with its older VolcanoCam Classic camera, we hope both help you to develop a greater appreciation for the beauty of the Great Pacific Northwest, in general, and the importance of Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, in particular.
"The more than three-years-long, lava-dome eruption of Mount St. Helens that began in autumn 2004 and paused in late January of this year appears to have ended. Therefore, we are lowering the Volcano-Alert Level from Advisory to NORMAL and the Aviation Color Code from Yellow to GREEN, to indicate that monitoring parameters have returned to background conditions. Since late January, five months have passed with no signs of renewed eruptive activity and earthquakes, volcanic gas emissions, and ground deformation have remained at pre-eruptive background levels. The rate of lava-dome growth had gradually declined throughout the eruption, which accounted for at least 93 million cubic meters (125 million cubic yards) of new lava. That volume would cover seven lanes of interstate highway 3 feet thick from New York City to Portland, Oregon. All lava erupted since 1980 sums to about 7% of the volume removed from the cone by the catastrophic landslide of May 18, 1980, that formed the crater."
Views of Mount St. Helens may be obscured for several days, thanks to smoke from wildland fires in California. Weather conditions are blowing dry, smoke-filled air into the Pacific Northwest. A view this morning from the VolcanoCamHD clearly shows the the smoke layer in the top half of the image.