Ranger Kathryn's Arches

July 30, 2012

Clouds on the mesa

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 12:43 pm
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One hour before sunset in late July. Gray’s Pasture, Island in the Sky, Canyonlands NP, Utah.

MONSOON. The word conjures up images of driving sheets of heavy rain pummeling a coastal village, causing widespread flooding and general misery. Here in southern Utah, however, monsoons take a different approach. July, August, September are our months when thunderclouds can kick up, lightning arrives to make mesa-top living more interesting (and dangerous), and the clouds drape themselves in our skies like no other season of the year. We rangers love monsoon season.

 

4 Comments »

  1. Coming to Canyonlands this weekend. I hope to see a good storm this time.

    Comment by Andrew McAllister — July 31, 2012 @ 8:06 am | Reply

    • Clouds but no storms, Andrew… sorry!! Try again; the monsoons will be here into September.

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — August 6, 2012 @ 7:56 am | Reply

      • No problem. I had fun regardless. I’ll be back the last weekend of September and maybe sooner.

        Comment by Andrew McAllister — August 6, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

  2. Love clouds like that Kathryn! Round here that usually means a good possibility of chasing smoke from a lightning start! Never have had the pleasure of experiencing the monsoon season and I sure hope I get the chance. It would be so neat to see a tight canyon swell with muddy water (from a safe height of course!)
    I thought you appreciate like a link from a firend’s blog. She leads a USFS wilderness trail crew in Washington State and captures the feel of a place like you do:
    http://dedavisart.wordpress.com/author/dedavisart/
    Happy Trails,
    John M.

    Comment by John Morrow — August 5, 2012 @ 10:53 am | Reply


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