Friday, May 9, 2008

More about the Haze

(Webcam on St. John looking over at St. Thomas)

There are still conflicting stories on the haze, but here are a few ideas:

One explanation from Montserrat Volcano Observatory
Activity Report – 5 May 2008

There was a small pyroclastic flow on the eastern flank of the Soufriere Hills Volcano at 2 am on Monday 5th May, 2008. Light ashfall was reported in the Old Town area.

The flow may have been triggered by very heavy rainfall at the time, which also generated lahars.

A brief swarm of volcano-tectonic earthquakes occurred at the same time as the flow. These were located at a very shallow depth beneath the dome.


Another explanation from Caribbean Hurricane Network

Saharan Dust has spread across over half of the Atlantic hurricane belt but only smidges have reached the Eastern Caribbean while some Soufriere Hills volcanic ash has made it's way to the northern islands.

Overall, it's getting hotter and muggier with ocean temps slowly rising as well. 'Tis the season!


And finally, from the Source
Spring-Summer Sahara Haze Hangs Over the Islands

So who knows, I just hope it ends soon.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Get used to it baby - lots more to come - just wait till you can't breath due to the denseness of it for days on end :(

Personally I go with "Super Dave" (bookmark the stormcarib network as you will start to use him along with 3 or 4 other sites daily as we monitor daily for hurricanes) and if he is right the "dust" will be here in a few day's - just as the ash moves out.

See you on Sunday :)