Yesterday we paid a visit to the Johnston Ridge Observatory (JRO) and performed some routine cleaning maintenance to both VolcanoCams. The MSH Maintenance crew had invited us up to check the cameras because they had a 'cherry picker' and were using it to clean the huge windows of the the JRO in preparation of the annual reopening of the visitor center this weekend. The cherry picker was made available to us to check the cameras while they cleaned windows.
Both cameras were inspected and the cases and viewports cleaned of fine volcanic ash. We found nothing wrong with either camera. However, the funkadelic/psychedelic images from VolcanoCamHD continue. We now suspect a power surge at the JRO sometime in the last ten days has damaged the camera, probably beyond repair. We had planned to replaced the older VolcanoCam Classic camera later this Spring. It looks like we will speed up the process. Until then we will leave VolcanoCamHD operating since the problem seems to go away on it own late in the day and still offer some quality views.
Finally, we have a return visitor to the VolcanoCam Classic view. Reports are he returned sometime after 3:00 pm PDT long after we had left. We suspect the visitor wanted to lend a had with cleaning. We was still in view this morning.
The VolcanoCamHD camera has gone funkadelic/psychedelic on us and we don't know why. We've done some online testing and don't have an answer just yet.
The beginning of May finds both VolcanoCams working with no problems. However, the weather isn't as cooperative. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for today. Another late winter storm arrives from the Northern Pacific, along with clouds and a chance for snow.