Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier and Mount Hood are all major volcanoes that lie along the infamous “Ring of Fire” that runs down the west coast of the United States, and all of the seismic activity that has been taking place in the region has many concerned about what may happen next. Earlier this month, I wrote about how 45 earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 or greater hit Alaska in just one 24 hour period. This week, it is volcanic activity that is raising concerns. The earthquake swarms at Mount St. Helens are making headlines all over the globe, and on Tuesday two major volcanoes in Alaska suddenly erupted on the exact same day…
Forecast calls for snow both today and tomorrow … a “heavy fall of snow.”
Monday (Aug 8th, 2016)
Snow showers. Steady temperature around 22. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Snow showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
That’s 457 centimeters!
Today – Snow, could be heavy at times. High near 21. Windy, with a southwest wind 40 to 45 mph increasing to 50 to 55 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 75 mph. Chance of precipitation 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 10 to 16 inches possible.
Tonight – Snow, could be heavy at times. Temperature rising to around 21 by 5am. Windy, with a south southwest wind 40 to 44 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation 90%. New snow accumulation of 25 to 31 inches possible.
Four meters of snow in just four days!
As of yesterday morning, NOAA was predicting between 122 and 162 inches of snow (10 to 13½ FEET!) on Mt. Rainier at higher elevations.
Combined with 65 mph winds and temperatures in the 20-30 degree Fahrenheit range, wind chills will drop to near zero Fahrenheit.
A volcano that will devastate the Seattle area is foretold is an ancient prophecy from Washington State’s Puyallup tribe, which says, “The time will come when Little Sister will speak, and Grandfather will answer. And the land will be swept clean to the ocean.” Sun Bear explained that Donald Matheson, a leader of the Puyallup tribe, moved his people to Idaho in 1979 because he believed it was time for this prophecy to be fulfilled. In March 1980, the mountain that we call little sister began to whisper. May 18th of 1980, the Little Sister spoke with a cubic mile of mountain that was spread over the northwest area, and many other parts of the world… “The Little Sister is called Mount St. Helens. Soon, the Grandfather is going to answer so much bigger. That one is called Mt. Rainier.” Indian prophecies also foretold worldwide environmental catastrophes such as the greenhouse effect, “changes in the seasons and in the weather, disappearance of wildlife, famine,” and the ozone hole, which was referred to as a “hole in our lodging.”
– Remote webcam now operational on Mount Rainier (The Seattle Times, July 24, 2011):
Now you can take in the views at Camp Muir on Mount Rainier, which is now the highest webcam in Washington, and the most remote in the United States.
Mount Rainier National Park says the new webcam at Camp Muir is now fully operational and available online to the public.
The images are expected to be very popular and broadly used by a wide array of interested groups.
Our little dry streak is about to come to an end. But if you looked at Mt. Rainier today, you would have known that already.
Take a look at some of these incredible clouds captured over Mt. Rainier today. The one above was taken by Tim Thompson. The one below, by David Embrey:
Those are called “lenticular clouds” They’re caused when the air flow is just right so when it flows over Mt. Rainier, the air gets pushed upward where it cools and condenses into clouds. Depending on how smooth the flow is, you can get some amazing clouds formations as we’ve seen so far today.
It’s usually a sign of rain within 24 hours because typically the moist flow that precedes a storm around here is the perfect set up for these clouds.