It's been cloudy, but I'm heading back to the overlook again shortly. Redoubt is only 90 miles away by air, but it is clear as a bell in normal weather. I can't get much closer without a 3 hour drive or a plane flight, since Cook Inlet (ocean inlet) is between Anchorage and Redoubt. Anyway, Larry, I'm trying to channel you!
>I meant, why are you telling us instead of being out there?
Why that's a horse of a different color!!
The answer is kinda simple: Redoubt is very remote in the Chigmit Mountains, and I don't have a small plane. I did go to my favorite lookout where I could see five mountain ranges!! The Alaska Range, The Talkeetna Mountains, the Chugach Mountains, the Kenai Range and
the Chigmits., including Redoubt.
I love the thrill too, but the ash is deadly to lungs and cities, so it is actually frightening. If the ash had been blowing our way yesterday, we could have enjoyed six eruptions coming at us. :-(
Did I mention I manage buildings? We have huge liability and trouble if ash falls on Anchorage, so I'm literally thrilled that the wind was blowing away yesterday at the elevations with the heaviest ash. The fine ash at 50,000-60,000 doesn't drop till it hits Rosie O'Donnell, but the stuff at 6,000-20,000 feet can destroy a city.
We did breed our dog in '07, but we had to sell our dog team to have enough money for a new whaling canoe.
>Is AK ash tougher then WA ash?
Tiny jagged acidic shards of glass and rock that get deep into lungs and machinery--don't know if it is any different than St. Helens, but when we had a 1/4 inch dump of ash in 1990 (I think) the city was as nasty and toxic a place as I've ever been. You couldn't see 2-3 miles in the air, whereas normally we have 150 miles of visibility due to the prestine air. If we had had 6-10 times what we had then, I don't know how we could have made it.
Megan was majoring in geology when I first took up animal husbandry, and she says that the ash in Alaska and the nature of volcanic release is quite different here than many other places. The magma is more viscous, so it builds thicker domes that lead to more explosive eruptions when it finally happens. Our seven eruptions (we had another this morning) have included 3-4 that had 50,000-60,000 feet plums. Hawaii gets lots of lava, but we get pyro-clastic flows, meaning more ash and hot rock and no lava.