Volcanic ash from massive 1912 eruption is obscuring visibility on Kodiak Island

Sunday, 12 November 2017, 08:01:17 AM. Alaska's Novarupta-Katmai explosion was the largest of the 20th century.
Strong northwestern winds kicked up ash from the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century on Friday, impacting visibility on Alaska's Kodiak Island. The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement for Kodiak, letting locals know that loose ash had been stirred up, particularly toward the west side of the island. A few times every year, ash from the 105-year-old eruption is carried by the winds toward Kodiak, said Dave Kochevar, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Anchorage office. Volcanic Ash from Katmai Volcano is in the air impacting visibility on W. Kodiak Isd. Ash expected to last through the evening. Visit https://t.co/vPgYrjOg8Q for more info. #AKwx pic.twitter.com/mN1yxSj4HC — NWS Anchorage (@NWSAnchorage) November 11, 2017 It's most commonly seen in fall, when storms are passing through the area, and before snow has settled, Kochevar said. The ash was expected to dissipate Friday evening, he said. The Alaska Volcano Observatory put out a statement explaining that loose ash, seen in a satellite image extending over Shelikof Strait and Kodiak Island, had traveled southeast from the old volcanic site and wasn't the result of a new eruption. [A Novarupta-scale eruption today would cripple global aviation] The Novarupta-Katmai volcanic eruption of June 6, 1912, occurred in what is now Katmai National Park and Preserve. For three days, the volcano spewed 100 times more material than the Mount St. Helens eruption, shooting plumes 20 miles...Read more
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