Remote Sensing Volcanoes using Weather Satellites

Below is a sequence of visible imagery taken for the GOES-3 satellite as it observed the Mt. St. Helens eruption on 18 May, 1980. The first image is at 1515UTC and is prior to the eruption. The ash cloud is clearly seen in the next 8 images, spaced one-half hour apart.

What do you notice about the cloud patterns in the vicinity of Mt. St. Helens at the beginning of the eruption?

How does the movement of the ash cloud compare with the movement of clouds? *

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Here is some information on volcanoes and climate

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Volcano Hazards Program (this link takes you out of the museum.)

SSEC Volcano Watch(this link takes you out of the museum.)

The Verner E. Suomi Virtual Museum development funded in part by the National Science Foundation Grant #EAR9809458.  Material presented is Copyrighted (C) 1999 by Steve Ackerman and Tom Whittaker.  If you have questions or comments, please let us know!