Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sky Watch: Storms on the Prairie

Oklahoma in springtime - where, without any warning, a day turns to night in a matter of minutes; where the entire world seems to stop and hold its breath. Nothing moves - not a bird, not a single blade of grass. Electricity and anticipation fill the air.

Trust me when I say there is nothing nimble about a cumulonimbus cloud. Huge anvil clouds sweep in like some gigantic anchored thing lost and drifting at sea.

Spring storms define this landscape - shaping it with its errant winds, fire from the sky and flash floods of unexpected rain.

Born from this unstable air; swirling, cooling downdrafts. A downy feather remains unmoved while a nearby leaf tumbles up to heaven.

Its on these occasions that nature makes sure man knows his place in the order of things.

It is the storms that tame us.

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