Redoubt Eruption March 27 2009 from Bretwood Higman on Vimeo. The photos for this timelapse are 15 seconds apart. The large eruption in the middle of the timelapse happened at about 7:25.

This afternoon it our view toward Redoubt cleared. We still couldn’t see the mountain, but we could see the sky just above it, where a small plume was clearly visible. So I set up the camera under the yurt, and aimed it at the volcano. Since then there have been a number of small explosions, one in the light just before sunset, and several in the dark. Some of the night eruptions were girdled in lightning, making them visible to the camera.

The volcano is providing a great photo op, but will probably interfere with travel… including Erin’s dad, stepmom, and brother who are hoping to fly into Anchorage today. Not looking so good for that.

All the following photos are cropped the same, and are 30 second exposures. They show two explosions, one that happened at 11:20 pm, another at 1:20 am. The explosions that followed the 1:20 eruption haven’t been visible… maybe there’s ash between us and the volcano now?

I might have some more interesting things to say after I’ve slept… 4:00 am is past even my bedtime!


Lightning in the ash cloud from the 11:20 pm March 27 eruption at 11:26 pm (photo 396 on the timeline figure at the bottom of this post)

Lightning in the ash cloud from the 11:20 pm March 27 eruption at 11:28 pm (photo 397)

Lightning in the ash cloud from the 11:20 pm March 27 eruption at 11:32 pm (photo 399)

Lightning in the ash cloud from the 11:20 pm March 27 eruption at 12:18 am (photo 407)

Lightning in the ash cloud from the 1:20 am March 28 eruption at 1:24 am (photo 455)

Lightning in the ash cloud from the 1:20 am March 28 eruption at 1:26 am (photo 456)

Lightning in the ash cloud from the 1:20 am March 28 eruption at 1:28 am (photo 457)

Lightning in the ash cloud from the 1:20 am March 28 eruption at 1:30 am (photo 458)

Timing of the eruptions relative to these photos (USGS seismogram)