[Geysers] Geyser Report Thursday, May 19, 2016

Udo Freund udofreund317 at gmail.com
Fri May 20 07:23:30 PDT 2016

Welcome back, Barbara and thanks for these reports.
While using GT is now routine for most of us I noticed that despite several
gazers at yesterday's Beehive there was no entry from any of them. Dave
posted the start time from the webcam. (I also watched the cam.) That
brings me to raise the following point.
If you use GT in the basin PLEASE make an entry for what you see or even
hear via radio. Assuming others will do so may result in noone entering
data. Perhaps check after a radio call for a corresponding entry. We'd
rather have more than one entry of an eruption than none. Entries from the
basin are assumed to be more accurate and will override webcam data, the
latter being still better than nothing. Keep those posts coming and enjoy
water defying gravity!

Udo Freund
On May 19, 2016 11:52 PM, "Barbara Lasseter" <barbara.lasseter at gmail.com>

> Geyser Report Thursday, May 19, 2016
> 0747 Grand
> 0747 Beehive
> On the plus side, I got a dual picture.
> More observations:
> The 35mph limit by Midway has been extended to the Flood Overlook.
> The Castle bridge trail was open this AM.. The old bridge planks were put
> back in place yesterday.  The platform of the bridge is a bit higher, a
> relief to anyone pushing a wheelchair.  The log side rails seem very short.
>   The boardwalk begins as wood, and is textured plastic boards along Castle
> and past Crested Pool, before reverting to wood as the walk drops down to
> the bridge.  There is a "T" where the walk turns at Crested Pool, reaching
> just a bit toward the back of Castle.  Perhaps there will be more of a
> morning rainbow opportunity?  The walk is back a bit more from Castle and
> Crested, and much more so from Tilt's Baby.  There was no fence where the
> walk passed Castle.
> A short (not tall) fence is in place along the pullout at 3 Sisters,
> between the turnout and the spring.
> Today's Chronicle reported building will begin in early June on the
> official trail and overlook replacing the social trails on the hills south
> of Grand Prismatic.  The Steel Bridge parking will be closed as well as the
> the trail from there to Fairy Falls trailhead.  Fairy Falls will be
> acessible only from the Fountain Flat road (8.8mi vs 5mi).  The article
> discussed winter access via that route as well, so it sounds like a lengthy
> project.
> Most folks seem to be using Geyser Times to report and follow eruption
> times in the basin.  There are no more 0700 morning "geyser reports" going
> out.
> I saw 1 swan on the Firehole N of the Nez Perce Picnic Area.  Others have
> also reported seeing just one.  Any chance one is sitting on a nest?  On
> Firehole Canyon Drive, a pair of Canada geese seem to have a nest on a high
> rock on the cliff face on the far side of the river.  If so, it will be
> quite a "launch" when the goslings leave the nest.
> I overheard a visitor 10-15 feet from a group of bison make the "But I was
> on the trail" argument.
> Overheard at the Beehive Overlook after the 0747 Beehive:  "Now I don't
> need that cup of coffee!".
> 0747 Grand was T1C 10min 2 sec per Jim Scheirer who was holding down that
> end.
> Beehive's Indicator Geyser: 0735  There were 2 very nice splashes from the
> cone starting at 0729.
> Lion: 0555 initial wc GT, 0722 GT, 0830ie
> Depression: 0652 wc GT
> Castle: 0618 major GT
> Oblong: 0716 ns frs
> I watched a long series of Jet eruptions at about 7 min intervals
> 0954-1209, retired briefly to the pullout N of the basin when the rain
> drops and threatening skies frightened me away, but I did not see action
> from anything else at Fountain.  It had been under observation for approx.
> 40 min. prior to my arrival.
> The weather is not promising tomorrow.  I hear Saturday is West
> Yellowstone cleanup day.  I expect to be out of the park both days.
> Barbara Lasseter
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