Ash Wednesday

Photo © Saipan Tribune & Marconi CalindasLiterally Ashen Wednesday. The ash cloud from Anatahan’s eruption yesterday blanketed Saipan and Tinian yesterday, turning the noon into twilight and covering everything in a fine layer of gritty ash. The noxious cloud was far less exciting on Guam. I didn’t notice any sulfurous smell or ashfall last night, and I was at a party beachside until about 10:00 pm. When I got up this morning however the Blue Torpedo was completely covered in a fine layer of dark gray dirt mottled with dried rain spatter. I guess it rained overnight, pulling the ash out of the atmosphere and onto my car.