VolcanoCam News Blog

January 2009

Friday, 09 January 2009 @ 7:33 am PST

VolcanoCamHD Status Update: With the permanent closure of the Coldwater Ridge Visitor Center last winter, there has been no need by Washington DOT to plow SR 504 open to Coldwater Lake (within nine miles of the JRO where we can use a snowcat). Our maintenance crew hasn't been able to access the JRO since Thanksgiving because of the heavy snow covering the last 25-30 miles, not to mention avalanche danger. However, the current storms will require a maintenance check of both visitor centers. Once that is done will we be able to assess the problem with the camera. Unfortunately, the current storms and flooding occurring all along the Cascade Range in Washington means we must wait until Mother Nature decides to grant access to us. Thanks for your patience.

Thursday, 08 January 2009 @ 7:30 am PST

VolcanoCamHD Status Update: Since last Friday, the VolcanoCamHD camera has been off-line, probably as a result of winter weather. The Pacific Northwest and Cascade Range have been hit by severe winter weather of late. As of this morning, all East-West mountain passes in Washington State are closed, a 20-mile stretch of Interstate I5 between Portland and Seattle is closed (due to flooding), and SR504 to the Johnston Ridge Observatory (where the VolcanoCams are located) is closed due to landslides. In addition, the last 30 miles of SR504 is unplowed. With no access to the VolcanoCams, and none expected for the foreseeable future, we have no way to determine the exact problem(s) with the VolcanoCamHD camera nor any anticipated repair date. It's winter here in the Cascades!

Monday, 05 January 2009 @ 7:27 am PST

It appears there is a problem with the Mount St. Helens VolcanoCamHD. Since there is *no access* to the VolcanoCams this time of the year, we have no idea how long it will take to determine the problem and get it corrected.