Kicking Up in the Grasslands

Weather kicking upCrossing the grasslands of South Dakota, what looked like an innocent line of stratiform clouds begins form into something else…The horizontally blowing vapor takes a turn, kicking up into delicate vertical spires along a neatly formed line of cloud…To us, this was nothing but an interesting pattern blowing up off the earth; given enough energy before the sun vanishes over the horizon, these delicate spires may become a violent line of storms and pose a different challenge for the aviators who pass behind us…the sky is ever-changing, and our attention constantly shifts between appreciation of the beauty and vigilance toward the potential threats along our path.

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