Paul not sure where you live I agree with you explanation of 2020 the earth is trying to outdo the craziness on the planet. The ash is in a huge current. I have ash piling up on my roof , the last time there was ash on my roof was when Mt. St. Helens blew its top, very similar to a lot of folks carrying on and refusing to wear face makes or social distance.
If you're in OR, I'm a few hundred miles north, near BC. The ash is making its way over here as well. Face masks are now serving a dual purpose, namely dealing with both COVID and the smoke. Never seen anything like it. At least the sunsets are beautiful with the red sun and sky.
Hope everyone stays safe, wherever you might be!