Redoubt erupts again

Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2009

The aviation color code for Mount Redoubt volcano was raised to red again this morning following an eruption that began at 8:34 a.m.

An ash cloud is seen from Homer at 9:45 a.m. Thursday as Mount Redoubt erupts. The Alaska Volcano Observatory reported the cloud at 65,000 feet above sea level.

According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory, the explosive event produced an eruption cloud to at least 30,000 feet above sea level.

Although winds across Kenai this morning were blowing out of the north and northeast, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management said "winds at lower levels could blow toward the peninsula."

The OEM said models show winds from the north and northwest through this afternoon, and ash fall is doubtful.

The National Weather Service forecast for the Kenai Peninsula is calling for mostly cloudy skies with scattered rain and snow showers today, highs in the upper 30s to mid-40s; north wind 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph along Cook Inlet in the morning.

Skies will be mostly cloudy tonight with isolated rain and snow showers, lows in the mid-20s to lower 30s; south wind at 15 mph.

The forecast for Friday is calling for scattered snow showers in the morning, then numerous snow showers in the afternoon with little or no accumulation. Highs will be in the 30s with southwest wind between 10 and 20 mph.

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