“Here comes the night time
Coming on slow
Here comes the night time
I know that you know”
Arcade Fire “Here comes the night time II”
On November 11, 2014, a powerful, early-season cold front swept across the Front Range – bringing bitter cold (temps as low as 2 degrees Fahrenheit). One of my fondest memories was watching an approaching winter storm while swinging on my swingset in the backyard of our house in Loveland circa 1987. A bruise-black line of clouds engulfed the Front Range from the northwest, growing closer and more impressive, almost scary, until the wind picked up and the day fell grey and snow swept around by early evening. Just before the sky opens up and it snows, the overcast, probably laden with ice crystals, change from a dark grey to whitish. Then inside for tomato soup and grilled cheese. So many of other people’s memories seem to revolve around people; so many of mine it’s just me and the sky.
My memory is very close to what is captured in this terrific time-lapse series of photos from the folks over at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Air Pollution Control Division, air quality camera. Whew, that’s a mouthful. Their camera posts a live image of downtown Denver (facing west) every hour. I have spent many a minute staring longingly at the sky back home.
Here is a link to a live image of Denver: http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/live_image.aspx
Here comes the snow II, Colorado Hans. Enjoy…