Thursday, December 9, 2010

~ Lava breakouts continue slowly down pali ~ Flash flood watch posted ~

Just as I had done two days ago, I have layered day & night photos of the same section of the Pulama Pali surface flows so we can see where the molten lava is on the terrain. I would guesstimate the lower edge of this flow to be somewhere around the 600 or 700-foot elevation; or dropping down the pali at a rate of about 100-foot of elevation per day for the past four days.ABOVE: This is the layered image I posted two days ago so we can compare the progress of the sprawling lava breakouts with last nights image. All images were taken with a lens set between 300mm and 400mm and from the exact same location.

Click on any image for a larger view size

Below, taken at 9:30 PM, is last night’s shot that I used in the top layered image above..There was lava glow much further up, and above, the pali but rain last night at that level caused the broad lava glow in the sky, obscuring the upper regions.

I will post lava eruption updates as warranted by new activity.

At 7:00 AM the National Weather Radar is showing some very serious rain on our northern most islands this morning.
Special Marine Warning

Flash Flood Watch

High Surf Advisory

Small Craft Advisory

Marine Weather Statement

The National Weather Service Honolulu has many warnings posted this morning: and the following statement:
Southerly winds will strengthen and become gusty today and tonight as a deep upper level trough and a vigorous cold front approach Kauai from the west. As the trough and front move closer to the islands, expect heavy showers and scattered thunderstorms to spread across the state from today through Friday night. Some of these showers and thunderstorms will likely produce locally intense downpours, which could result in flash flooding.

Public viewing of eruptive lava zones for Kilauea Volcano, Island of Hawaii:

The Hawaii County lava viewing area remains open daily from 2:00 PM until around 9:30 PM. Located off the end of Highway 130 and then one mile further up the one-lane road to the supervised parking area; restrooms provided.

During the day visitors can walk the viewing road and see the still very hot, shiny and extensive lava fields, the burned out roofs of two homes sadly destroyed recently. By night, weather & eruption depending, surface lava flowing part way down the nearby mountain slopes, as well as the reflective lava colors inside fumes and low clouds high atop and above the Pulama Pali.
Phone onsite security personnel from 2:00 PM until 10:00 PM for further information: 430-1966 OR 217-2215.

Meanwhile, up in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Halema’uma’u crater continues erupting 450-feet down inside the craters floor pit vent: sulphur dioxide plume stream by day, which often glows dramatically red after dark. The park is open 24-hours a day seven days per week.

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