Check out the early morning visible image…either smoke from a fire or blowing dust (more likely) is streaming off of the area around Mt. St. Helens. Actually the more I look at the loop, it sure looks like a few just a few miles west of the crater. Dust doesn’t blow 40 miles away…although maybe this morning it is?
11:45am Update: Sure enough…driving to Seattle right now and just passed under the dust cloud. Definitely not smoke. I see Timberline 7000′ wind has averaged close to 40 mph…plenty windy to stir up the dust.
Heating up much more quickly today…but that strong east wind will keep the max temps from getting too crazy. I still like the 95 forecast for today.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen