If there is one thing I love about living on the Front Range of Colorado at over 6,000 feet elevation, is the beautiful open sky that is over our community.
I never tire of seeing the expanse of changing cloud formations.
We see weather systems in the eastern distance that are over 40,000 feet high....
...and they often lead to beautiful sunset reflections.
August is called the "monsoon season' in Colorado, and many afternoons we see storm clouds gathering west from the Rocky Mountains. Most times they pass right over, bringing thunder and lighting, but no rain.
Other times we are deluged with quick and powerful rainstorms, as you can see by the rain falling in this photo and....
...this photo taken from an eastern view of the Front Range foothills, where we live.
Usually, we are happy for the rain, as our climate is considered "high desert" and the sun is very drying and intense. But every so often, hail is part of the thunderstorm, and last evening we had what was called a "perfect storm," as two different storm cells met and collided directly over our community, with high winds, torrential rain and hail.
This storm brought golf ball sized hail to us, and as it moved east towards Kansas and Nebraska, I heard the hail became the size of tennis balls!
The hail accumulation looked like snow in August! This was the view from my front door. If you'd like to watch a video of the hailstorm you can see it on my Mille Fiori Facebook page at this link.
The sound of the hail hitting the grounds and house roofs was unbelievably loud! Thankfully, we did not sustain much damage. We had tree damage of loss of leaves and some branches, my flowers were pretty much destroyed, and some water came in through a window well, but I saw that happening right away and we redirected the water away from the well as I soaked up the water with towels. Our house's roof is brand new, and still under warranty, so our roofer is coming out to check it for damage this afternoon. All in all, we felt very fortunate!
Wild weather for the wild west? You betcha! There is never a dull moment living here, in more way than one, and I have a feeling I'm going to see a lot more I'll be writing about in future years. Hopefully our luck will hold out!
How is the weather where you are? I hope you have a wonderful weekend!