The National Weather Service, which has been forecasting strong easterly winds for the next few days across the Pacific Northwest, says they’ve been getting lots of calls about the mountain’s appearance. It’s covered with dust from peak to base suggesting it’s about to re-erupt.
Not so, says the NWS and USGS. It’s just those easterly winds picking all that finely grained volcanic dust that is typical from a recently erupted volcano. In geologic time, 1980, the year the mountain blew, it’s not even a blink of an eye in the long run of geologic history.