Now that Spring has arrived (according to the calendar) we are receiving a number of emails asking why we haven't travelled to the Johnston Ridge Observatory (JRO) and find out why the VolcanoCamHD camera is not working. While the calendar may say Spring, it's far from that in the Cascade Range. This morning the National Weather Service issued an avalance warning, a hazardous weather outlook and a winter storm warning. Old Man Winter refuses to release his icy grip anytime soon. We will still have to wait until weather conditions improve, safety conditions are met, and quite a bit of snow melt occurs before we can make a visit to the JRO.
Mount St. Helens weather is in transition as late winter refuses to release its grip on the volcano. The VolcanoCam Classic continues to function with no problems. We are hoping for a break in the weather this month so we can visit the JRO. Only then can we assess the problem(s) associated with VolcanoCamHD.