Sunday, February 01, 2009

weekly volcano yet edition

Driving is annoying these days. The roads are a combination of snow pack, ice, and bare roads, so around curves the lanes sort of unexpectedly merge. Or it's just plain hard to figure out exactly where the lanes are.

Thor took this photo of steam rising from a local power plant.
steam cloud

This was a little weird...I could see the moon, but it was snowing.
the moon during a snowfall

Mean Mom photo.
Yes, Thor's mom is mean

Zach, who lives in Arizona, is the only one who regularly drinks tea, but still, my cheese box in Anchorage is still full of tea.
tea bags

Some of my favorite cups and saucers. I bought them in London a few years ago, even though I knew it would be a pain in the neck getting them home in my carryon. Cute dishes are worth it.
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The snow plow leaves trails of snow for the snowblowers and trucks to pick up. Sometimes lately we have these piles of snow running down the side or middle of our streets for a couple days. It's not the handiest thing.
waiting for the snowblower

Waiting for the snowblower.
snow piles in the street

Outside the front window.

Another footprint from one of the dogs. And the snow that's easy to shovel, because it's very light.
another pawprint

These plants are much prettier in the summer.
snow piles

Weekly Winners! Thanks, Lotus, you Sarcastic Mom!

And oh, yeah, the volcano is still at Watch status. No change. Here's the latest message from Alaska Volcano Observatory:

Unrest at Redoubt Volcano continues. Seismicity has remained relatively constant over the last 24 hours and is still well above background. A vapor plume is intermittently visible in the AVO web camera. It appears to rise no higher than the volcano's summit.

An observation and gas-measurement flight to the volcano yesterday noted continued vigorous fumarolic activity and runoff of muddy water down the north flank of the volcano. Volcanic gas was detected; data analysis is ongoing to compare these measurements with previously measured gas output.

Staff are currently monitoring the volcano 24 hours a day. We will issue further information as it becomes available.

I didn't know Seismicity was a word.


  1. Great pics, the dishes are adorable, my Mom has done something like that, she buys dish sets when out travelling, then has to figure out how to get them home. LOL.

    The pics of previous eruptions on that site are amazing!! I love them! Its very exciting, I don't know if we should be scared for you or not. :)

  2. I would be going nuts trying to drive there. My rear wheel drive car just sucks in the smallest amount of bad weather. Mmm, the tea and those plates just make me feel all cozy.

  3. I love the first shot from the car. Those dishes are very cute too.

  4. 'Seismicity' is a real word- although I think it's a real word because they use it so much. 'Seismic Activity' used to be the expression. I watch Augustine, which is down the Inlet from Anchorage, via a set of web cams - two on the island and one at Homer, Alaska - about 75 miles away. I had no idea the redoubt had a web cam. I must see if I can find it.

  5. Those dishes are adorable! Love the steam shot!

  6. Thanks for the link! Awesome pictures of that volcano on that site!

    I thought the picture with the steam came from that volcano!
    Love the dishes you bought in London!

  7. That power plant shot is beautiful. Great capture!

  8. Great pictures.

    What about "fumarolic?" That's a good one to wonder about. Sounds like a party after a chili tasting contest.

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  10. Yikes! I had no idea that was a word either. I hope all stays calm.
    Those are some very snow-filled shots. I just love that light, powdery kind of snow as well. It causes so much less of a mess :)

  11. Great set of pics this week. Some of my faves were the steam shot, the doggie print in the snow & the plates & saucers. But, all these are awesome!


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