Friday, August 25, 2006
Fire In The Sky
Like clock work, every year as summer begins to wane, the morning sun and blue sky give way to thunderstorms that prowl the hills and valleys of this region. This storm from July 26 could be seen for a couple of hours before it began its assault on Grand Mesa. The bolts of lightning came every 5-10 seconds as the storm covered
, 40 miles to the NW. As darkness came, those bolts would illuminate the valley to the north of the Grand Junction , revealing just a dark silhouette. As it progressed, rain breached the top, and it quickly came our way. When it hit, the rain came in sheets, but it only lasted a short time before the storm continued its charge to the south east. If you look carefully, you can see the top of Grand Mesa to the right of the strikes.