Stormy Skies

Trip Start Jun 01, 2009
Trip End Oct 16, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Colorado
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

One of the things that never ceases to fascinate me in this part of the country is the sky.  The day usually starts with a cloudless or almost cloudless blue canopy and by noon the blue is the background for big fluffy white clouds.  Often, by two o'clock, some of those big fluffy white clouds have massed together and taken on an ominous grey, purple or sometimes black color.  That usually means roll up the awnings, fold up the chairs and take cover.  By early evening the sky often is clear again and the stars are brilliant.   Storms arise suddenly and pass quickly and are very localized.  The lightening often puts on quite a light show and can be seen for many miles.

One afternoon, the clouds were looming but they turned pink.  This time it was not rain but wind and a significant dust storm.  Even traffic on I-70 seemed to stop until the storm passed.  The picture I took was later in the storm at a time when the winds began to slacken and does not indicate just how poor visibility became.  I hope we don't have too many days like that!

For the first few days in Colorado, we frequently saw storm clouds, and because the weather was cooler than normal, the harvesting was delayed.  That gave us time to do some sightseeing.  Then the weather cleared, and Don was back to harvesting.  His days here are not as long, or as frantic as earlier.  However, the crews can be an hour away so they leave early and return late.  Don is into the rhythm of the work now so does not mind it and I am making a lot of progress on some of my projects - this blog being one that takes a fair amount of time!  I am not going to the fields as often as I've had a couple of allergy flair-ups following  windy, dusty evenings in the fields.  The wheat dust may be the culprit and in a field of stubble it is hard to avoid.
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