Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Always some change in the weather

Not only are we having snows every other day, we are getting fog too! We are having very strange weather patterns that I can't remember ever having before. For the last several nights, I drove from the city through the canyon, and into fog, as I reached the higher elevations of the foothills and plains, east of the city. It makes for very tough driving conditions when it's foggy, and snowing too, at night. And, the other morning, as I drove along the base of the mountain, around the outskirts of town, with clear skies all around, I came down into the fog which was heavy in the valley, along the Rio Grande river. Here are some photos of my drive in on that strange foggy morning. Across the middle of the photo, is the heavy fog bank. It kind of looks like a lake from this angle. That's the lowlands, the Rio Grande valley.

And I got to drive through this the rest of my way to work, on the freeway, not very fun.

Last night, the mountains were spectacular, with thunderheads building up above them.

The sky was gorgeous, partly cloudy with snow white and ominous black intermixed with blue. My photos don't do it justice.

I just love that dark "ribbon" cloud to the left.

This cloud formation looks like a ghost or something, doesn't it? The silver cylinder is a tanker truck, in case anyone is wondering.

Look at the storm I had to drive into!

New Mexico weather varies all through the state. So much so that there are over forty different weather zones. Often, you can cross an invisible line into snow or rain from sunshine. Last night, we had wind and snow and the drifts are piled high in places. 

This is looking out my front door. The snow is deep! If you look further, do you notice the ripples in the snow, caused by the winds?

And this is my bedroom window. Nature is crazy, huh?

Always some change in the weather - song: Stay, artist: David Bowie, album: Stationtostation


Shirley said...

It looks like you got our winter. We get that fog here, it lays along the low lying areas near the river, then a couple of hours after daybreak it dissipates.

Dreaming said...

Brrrrr.... it all looks cold!
I saw a large fish in the clouds, gobbling up something!
It doesn't sound like a nice drive at all and boy, do I hate seeing 'weather' ahead of me when I'm driving! That was one of the least favorite aspects of my last job!

Dan and Betty Cooksey said...

Nice pictures. We saw that fog bank from the other side and it was weird.


achieve1dream said...

Wow, makes for some spectacular photos, but you're right, I wouldn't want to drive in it either!!! Stay safe.