Wednesday, March 9, 2011

March 9 we woke up to the warm weather that accompanies a chinook.
Today's combination of sunrise with a chinook arch was one of
the most colourful I can remember.  The warm weather that
accompanies a chinook is welcome although the sudden
change in weather causes headaches in many people.

The description below is from the Chinook Wind
entry in Wikipedia

"One of the most striking features of the chinook is the chinook arch,
which is a band of stationary stratus clouds caused by air rippling over
the mountains due to orographic lifting. To those unfamiliar with
the chinook, the chinook arch may look like a threatening storm
cloud at times. However, they rarely produce rain or snow.
They can also create stunning sunrises and sunsets."

Today while taking these photos I felt a bit like an insect that
had been covered by an inverted bowl that was slowly lifting.

"My boat adrift on a vast river, heaving
water spreading into the far shores of sky,

sky's deep swells break suddenly open
and a city's ten thousand homes appear"

                 Crossing the Yellow River to
                 Clear-River District

                              Wang Wei


Kathiesbirds said...

What beauty!

Guy said...

Yes one of the colourful Chinooks I can remember.