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Snow happens, happy little clouds

April 5, 2010

On Thursday, some family members and I drove to Cheyenne.

The weather forecast called for precipitation in the afternoon—maybe rain, maybe snow—but the day started out beautifully sunny, fairly warm, and a bit breezy. The ground was completely clear of snow, save for a few small pockets in shadowed hollows. One of the members of our traveling party mentioned that the clouds to the west ahead of us looked really interesting, like nothing she’d ever seen before. (Too bad I didn’t take a picture.)

By 11am, it was starting to cloud up in Cheyenne. By 1pm, a light rain was falling, which turned to mini ice pellets.

We grabbed a bite to eat, and when we came out of the restaurant at 2pm, huge, heavy flakes of snow were falling, the car and the grass were covered in snow, and the roads were covered in a thick layer of slush. I-80 west of Cheyenne was closed.

We had planned to visit Fort Laramie that afternoon, but the roads changed our mind. We got behind a snow plow on I-80 eastbound and stayed there for half an hour, until we’d outrun the worst of the weather. Back in Nebraska, the storm clouds were a sight to behold, looking like a blueberry bruise on the horizon.

In springtime on the high plains, snow happens. It behooves one to pay close attention to the weather forecast.

The forecast for Friday was for scattered showers, and the forecast proved correct.

It was a great day for cloudwatching, with plenty of BobRossesque happy little clouds.

What shapes do you see?

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Art deco illustration of a woman’s face? Ghost? Upside-down floaty-horse pool toy? Dragon? Seahorse?

Copyright 2010 by Katie Bradshaw

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2010 11:05 am

    What a terrific reminder of childhood cloud gazing–

  2. Darla Heggem permalink
    April 5, 2010 4:01 pm

    Bob Rossesque clouds?…love it.

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