The large steam plumes reported to be venting from Sherman Crater this morning had pretty much petered out by 8:30 or so this AM, most likely dispersed by wind. Most of us in the lowlands couldn’t seem them, being below, or deep within, the marine layer. The reports came in from observers in the San Juans, who did not have fog obscuring their views. A few photos came in, but they either showed nothing at all, or only a very weak plume. But, the number of hits that this blog received today was the highest single-day total of all time with most visitors reading this morning’s post. Hits so far have even surpassed the large numbers during the rumpus in February 2011 surrounding the false reports of a Baker eruption carried by some Lower Mainland and Puget area newspapers and TV ‘news’ broadcasts (and a retraction from one of them here). And, for all you tin-foil hat conspiracy theorists, this morning’s post was not intended to boost this blog’s hit tally.
So, to make it up to you, here is a photo sent in by a loyal subscriber, taken from her deck at sunset near Big Lake [east of Mount Vernon] in January 2011. These plumes are clearly rising from several fumarole clusters just inside the crater’s west rim, and are about 1500 feet tall. They resemble what was seen by one telephone report from this morning.