Alaska's Mount Redoubt finally erupted this week. The color code has now been lowered from Red to Orange. You've probably seen this link before, but here is the AVO website. Another great volcano site is the Oregon State Univ site that currently has photos of a huge underwater eruption.
As for local weather.... we've had a lot of cloudy skies and some rain. More is in the forecast and believe it or not Northwest Arkansas may see some snow late Friday night.