Sunday, November 13, 2005

Mount St Helens - update 13 November 2005

Well, another week without much activity on the mountain. The week began with a glitch in the Volcanocam causing the images to appear a featureless blue. This turned out to be a blown fuse in the power supply feeding the camera.

A good thing the system worked by blowing the fuse rather than the camera! It was repaired on Wednesday by the maintenance crew and pictures started to flow back to the server. Unfortunately, during the repairs, the focus on the camera was slightly changed, leading to slightly out of focus images during the day, and very diffuse images of the glow at night.

The US Forest Service have scheduled another maintenance trip for this week to adjust the focus. Although the weather has been so bad that there hasn't been much to see at night or during the day. The weather forecast for the next week looks a little more promising, so here's hoping that the weather gives us some good views of the crater at night this week.

On the morning of 12 November 2005, the clouds parted to reveal icicles nicely framing the view of the crater. Not an eruption, but pretty nonetheless...


Anonymous Wong Online PoK√©r Hu said...

I always get fascinated by views like these. Icicles and rock formations make you wonder how incredible nature can become.

2005-11-27, 7:10 PM  

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