Green sky, yellow leaves

Green sky, yellow leaves

The Line Storm–John Stuart Curry

Saturday, June 9—

It’s a perfect summer day, today–cloudless blue sky, bright sun and highs in the 70’s. A refreshing breeze off the Lake. What a beautiful day! You can read more about some of the beauties of summer here.

But summer brings storms and dark clouds, too. I call these scary storm clouds motherships, but meteorologists call them supercells. Pictured above is a painting of a supercell storm over farmland, by John Stuart Curry.

These storms can bring torrential rain, thunder and lightning, hail, high winds, and tornadoes! Here is more information from the National Weather Service

They can also cause a green sky, like the recent storm in South Dakota, on July 5. A greenish sky is eerie, a strange and unsettling phenomenon. What causes a greenish sky? Here is the explanation, thanks to Accu-Weather.

The storm produced damaging winds, but the rains so needed for the fields in Iowa and Illinois were not enough to erase the drought conditions.

We are seeing the effects of dryness here, too. Grass lawns and parkways have turned crisp and brown. Some people are watering new plantings and vegetable gardens twice a day, now.

And under the heavy green canopy of summer leaves, there are scattered yellow leaves on the sidewalks. I think of summer gone already, but they are not a sign of early fall. It is stress and dry conditions, yellow leaves in a dry season.


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