In the second half of the WCHA season, teams traveling to play Alaska Anchorage got a primer on the possibility of Mount Redboubt errupting which could’ve caused an extended stay in Anchorage, or kept the Seawolves at home for en extended time under a pile of ash. Well, Sunday night Mount Redboubt lit it up, but the city of Anchorage, 106 miles southwest of the the volcano, may be spared any problems. Here from the Anchorage Daily News:
After months of threatening rumbles, Mount Redoubt finally exploded overnight in five separate eruptions, the latest sometime 5 a.m. Monday.
A fourth explosion had rocked the volcano at 1:39 a.m. after three eruptions earlier in the night sent an ash cloud an estimated 50,000 feet into the air, the Alaska Volcano Observatory reported.
The first eruption came at 10:38 p.m. Sunday followed by another at 11:02 p.m., and a third at 12:14 a.m. today.
Winds were carrying the ash plume north toward the Susitna Valley, and an ash advisory has been issued for the area until 8 a.m., the National Weather Service said.
Ash was not expected in Anchorage or Wasilla at this time, the Weather Service said, although they said a light dusting might be possible.
An ash cloud was headed up the Susitna Valley west of Willow and expected to arrive in the Talkeetna area around 3 a.m., said Dave Stricklan at the Weather Service’s Anchorage office. By 3 a.m. some ash was reported in the Skwentna area.
"It looks like (Anchorage) might dodge the bullet," Alaska Volcano Observatory geophysicist Peter Cervelli said.