Distant rain storm from Mesa Verde National Park

I found the skies of Colorado to be dramatic and atmospheric.  They were such a contrast to the skies of my hometown, Seattle, where thick gray clouds roll in like a blanket, unchanging for days on end.  Our Colorado mornings typically started out clear.  Then white, puffy clouds would arrive like a pleasant flock of lambs.  By afternoon, we would often see storm clouds in the distance; sometimes lightening would flash or the clouds would burst in a release of rain.  Occasionally we were caught in a rain shower — heavy, but relatively brief.  I found the weather exhilarating.

After Thunder
by Timothy Murphy

Storm, thunder no more.
Arroyos, dowse your roar.
Rubber rabbitbush,
Antelope bitterbrush,
Mormon tea, saxifrage
and Great Basin sages,
sweeten the sorrel plain.
No passion without pain
nor blossoms without rain.

Afternoon thunderstorm near Ft. Collins

Drama in the skies near Ft. Collins

Gathering storm near Mesa Verde


Summer Breezes

August 8, 2010

A slight breeze lifts the curtains in the window

Old fan on the window sill

Hot summer days

Summer days in Minnesota mean heat and humidity.  Any little breeze helps.  We draw the shades in the windows and at night set up fans in the windows to blow the hot air out of the house and draw the cooler air in.  But there is nothing like a summer storm to clear the air, until the humidity inevitably climbs again.

Storm front passes through

Rain clouds build up