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May 18, 1980

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I'd just gone through the tornado that devastated Kalamazoo on the 17th, my house was blown apart, it was just starting to make the newlines, and Mt. St. Helens went the next day. The tornado faded into obscurity.

My brother, otoh, was in Yakima, some few miles downwind of the blast. He had 4' of ash in his front yard. He's got pics showing black sky, full of volcanic ash.

It's why the Yakima valley has such good fruit growing conditions; millennia of volcanic ash deposition for a base.

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