The eruption sent an ash plume high into the sky where it spread out to make an amazing cloud display that lit into brilliant colors at sunset.
Here is one time lapse video:
Updated Saturday 5:55 p.m.
After that mild start to the work week, we quickly jumped back to 'sweater weather' as cool rounds of showers pushed into the Pacific Northwest. The latest batch hanging around today included pockets of hail, but much of the I-5 corridor managed to enjoy plenty of blue sky, too. With a chilly airmass in place, afternoon highs managed to climb only in the middle 50s, which is cool compared to the average 60-degree readings Seattle usually closes in on in late April.
We'll continue to dry out overnight, with just a few lingering showers lurking around by midnight. Early morning lows will drop into the 40s for most of Puget Sound, save for a few South Sound locales that temporarily drop into the upper 30s by sunrise.
A new frontal system will curl toward our coast by the afternoon, but most of it will steer north in British Columbia. Regardless, look for increasing clouds on Sunday, with a chance for rain kicking in again after lunch, especially from the coast through the Northwest Interior. Highs will inch closer to 60 degrees around Seattle-proper, but we'll stay in the 50s by the B.C. border.
Remember how mild it was last Monday? We'll try for a repeat this coming Monday, with highs hovering near 70° again in the Central Sound. There will still be a few spots of rain near Bellingham and the San Juans, but Bellvue and Tacoma will be mainly dry as the warming ensues.
Tuesday looks damp and cooler as the cold front moves through--most of us will see a solid spring soaking, and highs will fall back into the 60s.
Thereafter, the showers become hit-and-miss, and with highs in the low 60s each day, it will look and feel like 'typical spring' in Western Washington. May Day will be partly cloudy, mainly dry, and mild--a nice one for hanging May Day baskets on your neighbors' doorsteps.
Have a nice night,
Meteorologist Shannon O'Donnell
The KOMO4 Forecast Team