storm 9-23-16

On Friday, 9-23, the first cold front of the season blew through the west. Just a days after the Equinox there is snow on the La Sal mountains, as if Winter can’t wait to arrive.

Yesterday I drove to Grand Junction, along scenic highway 128 from Castle Valley, past Dewey, and through Cisco. The views were spectacular. Well, the views are always spectacular, but the red rock set against clouds and well-defined storm cells was extra special.

I pulled over several times to take a pic.

Like all photos of dark skies and sweeping scenic views, the picture does no justice to what the eyes see.

Still, it translates well enough, and I really love what the pictures show.


The storms on radar:


Approaching storm 1:


Storm 1 and Fisher Towers:


Looking back after driving through the northwestern corner of storm 1:


Final pic–looking back at the edge of storm 1 from Cisco, UT:


Driving toward storm 2:


Dramatic clouds looking toward storm 1:


When I arrived in Grand Junction, the storms had split and gone around the city, but the sky and the sunset were pretty spectacular. Here’s a shot from the parking lot.  No filters here, it really looked this apocalyptic.