Explosive eruption of Mount Shishaldin in AlaskaGOES-18 (GOES-West) SO2 RGB and Ash RGB images (above) showed the complex transport of a volcanic cloud (shades of yellow in the SO2 RGB imagery) produced by an explosive eruption of Mount Shishaldin that began around 1340 UTC on 25 September 2023. The bulk of the cloud drifted to the southeast, while another part wrapped cyclonically across the far southeastern Bering Sea. There was also a small secondary eruption that began around 1610 UTC, sending a small volcanic cloud eastward (that moved just north of False Pass).
There were trace to minor amounts of volcanic ashfall reported in False Pass, King Cove, Cold Bay and Sand Point, occurring in conjunction with light rainfall. A 1912 UTC Pilot Report (PIREP) issued at Sand Point (below) mentioned that volcanic ash (VA) was falling in light rain (-RA), covering surfaces.A radiometrically retrieved Volcanic Ash Height product from the NOAA/CIMSS Volcanic Cloud Monitoring site (below) indicated that parts of the volcanic cloud reached heights in the 18-20 km range. In Nighttime Microphysics RGB + daytime True Color RGB images from the CSPPGeoSphere site (below), after sunrise the leading edge of the southeast-moving volcanic cloud exhibited shades of tan to light brown (indicating significant ash content).