As some of you may know, there is a volcano approximately 100 miles southwest of Anchorage which has erupted approximately 19 times since Sunday, March 22nd.
The volcano’s name is Mt. Redoubt and up until this past Saturday night, we had been fortunate enough to not see any ash fall from the eruptions. On Saturday, however, that all changed. Mt. Redoubt erupted four times in 8 hours, and as late afternoon approached, the skies over Anchorage began to gray and ash began to slowly fall from the sky.
The airport shut down due to the ash fall, and people who had to be outdoors were seen donning face / dust masks -so they would not inhale any ash.
We covered up our cars with blankets and tarps, and stayed indoors for the remainder of the evening.
When we awoke Sunday morning, the wind was blowing and had swept most of the ash off of the cars. However, even though we only received a light dusting of ash, it was still very visible on the snow covered ground.
Here’s a picture of ash-covered snow:
I swept my finger across the snow, and you can see how gray the top of the snow is compared to the white beneath:
I caught site of this little squirrel scampering across the snow, and as you can see, he/she was leaving behind a trail of white footprints:
Mt. Redoubt was fairly calm during the day yesterday, but it sounds like there might have been another eruption over-night.
They are reporting that we can expect to see a pattern of the volcano dozing and then erupting, dozing and erupting… and that this pattern could go on for months!!