Alaska's Mt. Redoubt, a stratovolcano located in the Aleutian Range, has been huffin' and puffin' now for several weeks. Seismic activity at Redoubt increased beginning about March 15th and an Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) observation flight reported that a steam and ash plume rose as high as 15,000 feet above sea level. Since then there has been ash plumes as high as 65,000 feet! The Matanuska-Susitna Valley, Anchorage, Valdez and large portions of the Kenai Peninsula have all received coatings of volcanic ash.
As of April 4, 2009, the AVO has reported a total of 25 erruptions!
You can bet this much volcanic activity has messed with airline travel. Many flights have had to be delayed including public flights, Federal Express, and the US Postal Service.
However, Alaskans seem to just take it in stride. After all, Redoubt is not the first time we have had to deal with ash falling from the sky. As recently as 2002, Mt. Spurr also let loose and delivered a layer of ash over Anchorage and surrounding areas.