Mt. Rainier gets a lot of love from photographers -- it's high time her sister to the south gets some positive exposure (not, "Hey, remember when you exploded way back when?" every May.)
"The Mountains in the Northwest make their own weather and they have their own personalities," says photographer Don Jensen. "While neither the largest, nor tallest, Mount St. Helens, also know as Loowit, from Loowitlatkla (Lady of Fire) still has the ability to shape the weather patterns around her."
Jensen was down there originally to continue his project on the effects of city light pollution and energy conservation but got quite a weather show.
"The scene starts a little after midnight with the core of the Milky Way moving across the beautiful Mount St. Helens," Jensen wrote. "As the sun begins to rise and the stars fade, the clouds move in. First it is a series of altocumulus that move across the mountain, and then clear out. A short time later, another wave of altocumulus clouds move in just in time to catch the early morning rays of sun rising over the ridges behind me. The clouds seemed to actually be erupting from the mountain and it made for quite the show.
"Slowly, the altocumulus clouds faded to cirrus clouds as a fog bank moved in, then out. This gave way to a back and forth motion of fog below and the altocumulus and cirrus clouds put on a show over the mountain."
But Jensen's not alone in capturing some amazing weather videos this month. Here are some others:
Gorgeous sunset-then-sunrise montage from Greg Johnson at Skunkbayweather.com
And check out this incredible wind shear day on the 21st, also from Johnson. (More on what caused it via Cliff Mass' weather blog:)
A brilliant Northern Lights display from Chelan Falls by Sy Stepanov:
And to finish up: some more sunrise and sunset time lapses, by Kathryn Schipper: