It's almost serene today, but 31 years ago nobody knew what was going to happen.

If you lived in Yakima in the 1980's, "Where were you when the mountain blew?" was a pretty common question. Some of us endured the nearly 12 hour ashfall in our homes, some of us at KIT Radio were behind the microphones and on the phones with our listeners, and some folks were stranded in many places across the state.

That day,  with its darkness at noon and red, green, and orange lightning, will forever be remembered by those of us who lived through it. The following days of clean up with our coffee filter face masks, panty hose over car intakes and the fantastic sense of community cooperation will also be remembered.

Leave us a comment with your memories, or, what you tell your children about May 18th, 1980.