Wednesday, April 30, 2008

How the mighty Gnome has fallen

The mysterious and mighty Gnome appeared from nowhere, apparently on a mission to clear away the snow to enable us all to have a better view of the clouds in front of Mount St Helens. He battled valiantly, but succumbed to the onslaught of snow earlier today. Long live the Gnome! RIP.

This morning:


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A surprising visitor at Mount St Helens...

There has been little activity over the last few months at Mount St Helens (MSH). The growth of the lavadome apparently ceased in January, seismic activity has quietened down to minimal levels and for the last few weeks the view of MSH from the Volcanocam cameras at the Johnson Ridge Observatory has been non-existent due to the massive snow drifts in front of the cameras.

So it was with a little surprise to see the images on the classic Volcanocam this afternoon showing that some unexpected help has arrived to make things interesting...

Update: Reports from The Columbian and indicate that access to Johnston Ridge is currently only by US Forest Service snow cat - so it's beginning to look like it may be an inside job. Views on the classic Volcanocam this morning show the snow appears to be gaining the upper hand on the little guy...

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