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The changeable WENE weather

March 28, 2012

Monday was a study in meteorological contrasts in western Nebraska.

I was inside working all day, so I have to rely on photos taken by other people to explain.

The first image comes from the staff at Scotts Bluff National Monument, via their Facebook page (Like them! The page has good info! They posted an album of photos from which I borrowed this one. The page is also how I learned about the awakening of the rattlesnakes this weekend.)

A still morning combined with a thick fog that settled down into the valley erased the towns and roads below and made Scotts Bluff look like an ocean coast. Ahhhhhh . . . .

The second image comes from my friend, Laura Leggottt.

Yes, this was the same day.

Same limited one-the-ground visibility, very different reason. While the morning fog would suggest otherwise, western Nebraska is in the midst of a very dry spring. The fine, dry soil, combined with afternoon winds sustained at 20-30 miles per hour and gusting to 50+ MPH developed a whopper of a dust storm. AAAAAAAHHH!!!!!

Here is a link to Laura’s blog, where she posted a series of photos of the dust storm at her home.

That’s western Nebraska for you – incredible natural beauty, oft-irritating weather.

UPDATE: I read in the paper this morning that a local man shot a hole in his attic because he through there was an intruder up there. Turned out to be the wind. Can’t say I blame him for the jumpiness. The wind apparently set off an alarm at the museum when I was there alone on Monday. I kept a caller on the phone with me while I went to investigate the dark, empty gallery. Winds like that do strange things to the mind.

Text copyright 2012 by Katie Bradshaw. Photo copyrights belong to the photographers.

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 29, 2012 5:03 pm

    The first photo is serenely mysterious and the second is one of wreaking havoc!

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