The weather reports are generally so off here that the weather announcer actually brags when they get it right! I’m not kidding. The snow from yesterday still wasn’t in the forecast as it was gently making its way down from the clear blue sky. I used to think that the saying, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute, it will change” belonged strictly to Colorado but I have heard people outside of Colorado use it, so I guess not! The point is, sure it’s nice to see if a doozy is coming. If three feet of snow is expected, I will refrain from filling the clothes line. But ordinarily, your guess is as good as mine, which is as good as the weather report’s. In the city or country there are tell tale signs of weather changes on the horizon. Here is the scoop on knowing the weather.
Snow Storm is coming- The lilac bushes and pine trees act as community apartment buildings. The noise is intense filled with gossiping sparrows and laughing blue jays. Scamper the squirrel has found a new girlfriend and they spend hours racing around trees and giggling. The birds flit to and fro and the air is filled with activity. If it stops suddenly…and I mean you can hear a pin drop….something’s comin’.
Cold Front is coming- Go stand outside. Most of the time in Colorado the wind comes up from the south-west. It is our “normal” wind if you will. It brings snow or rain, neighboring smoke from wildfires, or fresh air through the front range. The arctic wind will come from the north. As I was putting the clothes on the line on a seemingly lovely day last month I noticed that it was cold..nay, freakin’ cold. My fingers turned the most odd shade of purple and black after only a few minutes playing with wet clothes in the wind. I noted the direction of the wind and went and turned on the heat lamp in the chicken coop. It was ’bout to get very cold!
Tornado is coming- Huddling in the basement of our house in the middle of the city as a child, we heard what sounded like a train and hail hitting the windows. We lived off of Broadway and Evans and the hail was actually signs from the highway! The tornado ripped through, pulling up trees as if they were chopsticks leaving them in the streets. Parts of fencing were gone, roof shingles, parts of 7 Eleven. Our power was out and we had to be escorted to a motel where the Red Cross bought us McDonald’s and my siblings and I had the time of our life while my parents worried over the damage. We met Mayor Pena and were in the newspaper. It was great fun. Now as an adult, I could probably do without the house being hit by a tornado. One will first note the quiet, the wildlife in the area will let you know whenever something is about to hit. They are way more in tune than we are, and will huddle in for oncoming storms. The sky will be a greenish tint. The wind blows. When debris starts spinning up in little circles, time to get in the basement. If the wind stops, the birds stop, the sky looks like something evil from the Hobbit is coming but with a touch of green and pink, you best run to the basement.
Rain is coming- Not quite so noticeable. We watch towards the southwest at how big and how dark the clouds are. On the open fields you can actually watch the storm blow towards you, like a giant tumbleweed. It is awesome.
Beautiful, warm, clear day- A most delightful day. The birds are singing, the animals are playing, the sky is clear with wispy clouds, the breeze is soft, not much moisture in the air, clear all the way to New Mexico and Kansas. Time to take a baguette, some goat cheese, grapes, and a bottle of wine out for a picnic. I can’t wait for the next one!