Gusty winds swept through Kodiak Island, Alaska on Tuesday evening disrupting ash from the 1912 Novarupta volcano. The National Weather Service said strong winds and a lack of snow helped stir up the volcano ash and prompted flight warnings for the area. The ash was lifted to about 4,000 feet and drifted over the Shelikof Straight and Kodiak Island.
Weather service meteorologist Brian Hagenbuch said it isn’t unheard of for ash from Novarupta to create a haze in Alaska, but it isn’t very common either. Winds in the area were blowing about 35 to 40 mph, with gusts of more than 52 mph.